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Diversity Network Member Highlight: Bentley University

Posted By Erica Ledesma, Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Updated: Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Institution name

Bentley University


Location

Waltham, MA

 

Institutional Profile

Small (under 5,000 students)


Why did your institution join the Diversity Abroad Network?

Bentley University believes that everyone should have equal access to study abroad, and our office has a strong interest in and commitment to increasing diversity among study abroad participants. We joined the Diversity Abroad Network to gain access to the organization's myriad resources in hopes that they would provide us with new ideas and strategies for recruiting and supporting diverse students. We also hoped to take advantage of Diversity Abroad's vast network of institutions and get the opportunity collaborate with our international education colleagues on this shared commitment. 
 

How long has your organization/institution been a member? 

2013

 

What Diversity Network resource has been most useful for you and your colleagues in advancing diversity & inclusive excellence in global education? 

Attending the Diversity Abroad annual conference was instrumental in providing the inspiration, ideas, tools and connections needed to tackle our diversity and inclusion goals. We found it to be a great way to educate ourselves on the Diversity Abroad Network and kick start our efforts in this area. In addition, we have found the Country Diversity Climate notes to be very helpful to refer to when advising students. There is no way to have an answer for every unique question our students ask us, but these resources have helped shed light on some hard-to-get-at information and make us better informed advisors. 

 

How has membership with the Diversity Network helped your institution make global education more accessible to students from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds? 

In addition to providing access to resources and information, simply being a member of the Diversity Network gives us a push to make diversity and inclusion a priority. In addition, we have been able to hone in on the main obstacles to study abroad that face students from underrepresented backgrounds such as finances and family support and work to break down those barriers through outreach and education. 

 

Please describe any innovative initiatives related to diversity and inclusion in global education that your institution is currently undertaking.  

Over the years we have measured our ALANA participation in study abroad, and we have seen a fairly steady increase in participation. While we will always strive to increase participation among this demographic, we decided that it might be wise to shift our focus from recruitment to better support of the ALANA students we currently work with. We implemented some initial changes, including beefing up our web resources, incorporating a section on identity and diversity into our predeparture orientations, and holding advising hours in the Multicultural Center. However, we realized that the best way to come up with ways to support our ALANA students was to simply ask them. To this end, we held a focus group for ALANA study abroad returnees. The goal of this focus group was to provide a space for general reflection about students' study abroad experiences, learn about any identity-related challenges they may have faced abroad, and find out how we can better support them before, during and after study abroad. We held the session in the Cultural Lounge, which is a casual, comfortable lounge space in our Student Center. The cozy nature of the space, and the comfort level attained by the session consisting of ALANA students only created a great environment for open and honest sharing and reflection. We were able to discuss experiences students had abroad that are often not talked about. We went beyond the "my semester abroad was awesome" conversations and discussed racism, discrimination, identity negotiation, etc. Students also provided a lot of valuable feedback that our office can use to implement changes. Perhaps above all, it provided a safe space for students to have conversations that they hadn't really had a space for before. We hope to make this a recurring event every semester or year.

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Diversity Network Member Highlight: Marquette University

Posted By Administration, Monday, October 10, 2016

Institution name

Marquette University


Location

Milwaukee, WI

 

Institutional Profile

Medium (5,000-15,000 students)


Why did your institution join the Diversity Abroad Network?

Information, collaboration, trainings, best practices
 

How long has your organization/institution been a member? 

3 years

 

What Diversity Network resource has been most useful for you and your colleagues in advancing diversity & inclusive excellence in global education? 

Website

 

How has membership with the Diversity Network helped your institution make global education more accessible to students from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds? 

We are just starting with this, but hope hosting a workshop and the variety of resources will assist us into the future.

 

Please describe any innovative initiatives related to diversity and inclusion in global education that your institution is currently undertaking.  

We have recently set a goal of becoming an HSI, which is leading to additional partnerships and outreach efforts for diversity and including in global education. Additionally, we have begun advising out of our Equal Opportunity Program Office, due to student feedback about safe and comfortable spaces, and have a Study Abroad Coordinator assigned to be the liaison for each of our offices with a focus on diversity and inclusion.

 


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Diversity Network Member Highlight: Arizona State University

Posted By Erica Ledesma, Friday, September 23, 2016
Updated: Friday, September 23, 2016

Institution name

Arizona State University


Location

Arizona; Online

 

Institutional Profile

Large (over 15,000) 


Why did your institution join the Diversity Abroad Network?

Arizona State University (ASU) joined the Diversity Abroad Network because as an institution, we have a commitment to representation and inclusion is prevalent in the university’s Diversity Plan. In addition, ASU is committed to excellence, access and impact in everything that it does. Currently, the Study Abroad Office is in the middle of a five-year strategic plan and one of our eight "Strategies for Growth" is "increase the number of underrepresented students going abroad." Due to this strategy, we felt we have been sought out additional resources to help the office make study abroad more accessible to ASU's diverse student population and the Diversity Abroad Network has been instrumental in supporting us and providing invaluable tools for both our students and faculty.
 

 

How long has your organization/institution been a member? 

2 years

 

What Diversity Network resource has been most useful for you and your colleagues in advancing diversity & inclusive excellence in global education? 

We have thoroughly enjoyed the webinars that the Diversity Abroad Network has provided to our staff and colleagues. We also had the privilege of spending a day with Diversity Abroad's Founder and President, Andrew Gordon, in which he helped us take a deeper look at how we can continually improve upon our services for underrepresented students as it relates to study abroad resources. Our advising teams also utilize the country diversity climate notes and the diversity/inclusion advising manuals. Lastly, we are going to complete the Access, Inclusion, Diversity (AID) Roadmap this fall 2016 semester.

 

How has membership with the Diversity Network helped your institution make global education more accessible to students from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds? 

As members, we attended our first Diversity Abroad Conference in 2015 and left the conference with a list of 30 ideas that we heard from other institutions focusing in on diversity and inclusion. From that list, we have already implemented many of the ideas, and are working on the others. For example, our website now contains material for the following populations of students who are considering study abroad: Online student, First-Generation students, GI-Bill Benefit recipients, International Students, LGBTQIA students, Non-Traditional students, Racial & Ethnic Minority students, Student Athletes and Students with Disabilities. 

 

Please describe any innovative initiatives related to diversity and inclusion in global education that your institution is currently undertaking.  

Here are a few innovative initiatives that we have developed over the last couple of years related to diversity and inclusion.

1. ASU Planning Scholars: The ASU Study Abroad Planning Scholarship provides first-generation college students with the opportunity to also be the first to study abroad by reducing the financial barrier that may prevent some students from considering study abroad. If an ASU student receives the Planning Scholarship, the student will have five (5) semesters to use it after his/her freshman year. A team of two professional staff from the ASU Study Abroad Office facilitate 2-3 workshops per semester for the recipients and are the point of contacts from our office. We just awarded 60 scholarships to cohort

2. Cohort 1 (awarded in July 2015) has already experienced a lot of success with 1/2 of the recipients already studying abroad since receiving their scholarship. We designed a new position for the Study Abroad Office - Management Intern for Diversity and Inclusion - and had it funded starting in academic year 2015-2016. The same intern is now on year two with us and her entire 20 hours a week is focused on activities and initiatives related to diversity matters. She presents to underrepresented study abroad student populations about study abroad, makes sure that our marketing materials include all students, works to educate the Study Abroad Office professional staff on offices on our campuses that work with underrepresented student populations and so much more.

Tags:  Diversity  education abroad  members 

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Coming Soon to a Campus Near You! Diversity Abroad Passport Tour

Posted By Diversity Abroad, Monday, September 12, 2016
Updated: Monday, September 12, 2016

About the Passport Tour

Diversity Abroad's Passport Tour (TPT) is a nationwide campus-based initiative designed to introduce study abroad resources and opportunities to students, faculty and administrators, particularly from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds.

Since 2008, TPT has visited more than 75 different college campuses across the country. Each campus visit looks different, but can consist of various on-campus outreach initiatives such as tabling at a study abroad fair, hosting information sessions, moderating alumni panels, making classroom visits, and more.

Diversity Abroad is delighted to welcome Daneen Johnson to the team. In her role as the Community Engagement Coordinator, Daneen will be spearheading campus visits with the Passport Tour. Additionally, Diversity Abroad is excited to have 6 Campus Fellows hosting events at and around their campuses throughout the year. 

Wondering where you can connect with the Passport Tour in your area? More details available on the Events Calendar.
  


Meet the Passport Tour Team

 

Community Engagement Coordinator

Daneen Johnson

Daneen JohnsonDaneen is the Community Engagement Coordinator for Diversity Abroad. She oversees The Passport Tour which is a nationwide campus-based initiative designed to introduce study abroad resources and opportunities to students, faculty and administrators, particularly from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds. 
 
As a Student Affairs Professional, Daneen has experience working with student-athletes, first generation, STEM, honors, low income, and international students. She has also worked within a university career services department where she assisted both undergraduate and graduate students with career readiness and employability skills. Prior to joining the Diversity Abroad team, Daneen worked as an Advisor at Seminole State College of Florida where she worked within a grant program that sought to assist and increase underrepresented minority  students pursuing STEM degrees. 
 
As a two time Alumna of the University of Central Florida, she completed her undergraduate degrees in Hospitality and Restaurant Management. During that time she studied abroad in Italy with an Italian Culture and Cuisine program. She continued her education at UCF completing a M.A. in Educational Leadership with a specialization in Higher Education. During graduate school Daneen completed a mission trip with her church to Cape Town, South Africa. 

Daneen is a proud Take Stock in Children Scholar--a nonprofit organization in Florida with a mission to break the cycle of poverty for low-income, at-risk students by offering college scholarships and provide caring volunteer mentors. In her role at Diversity Abroad, she is able to give back to the local and global community that inspired her career. 


Campus Fellows 

Amira Beasley
Miami University, Ohio
Oxford, OH
Major: International Studies; Latin American Studies; Spanish Minor
Studied in: Spain, Argentina 

Arielle Crook
Xavier University of LA
New Orleans, LA
Major: Biology/Pre-med; Chemistry; Spanish minor
Studied in: Costa Rica, Cyprus

Arielle Hankerson
College of William & Mary
Williamsburg, VA
Major: International Community Development; Public Health Minor
Studied in: Australia, Interned abroad in Ghana

Austin Joseph
Morehouse College
Atlanta, GA 
Major: English; Multimedia minor
Studied in: Semester at Sea; volunteered in Rio for 2016 olympics

Maggie Kelley
Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, GA
Major: Public Policy
Studied in: Australia, New Zealand, Fiji

Tauri Tomlin
Georgetown University
Washington, DC
Major: Science & Technology; International Affairs; Japanese minor
Studied in: Japan

 

Tags:  Diversity  Minority Students  Outreach  Passport Tour  Underrepresented Students 

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Diversity Network Member Highlight: University at Albany - SUNY

Posted By Administration, Monday, September 12, 2016

Institution name

University at Albany, SUNY

 

Location

Albany, NY

 

Institutional Profile

Large (over 15,000) 


Why did your institution join the Diversity Abroad Network?

Initially we became members when SUNY Global became a member covering the whole SUNY System. After a few events were held in New York and we attended the inaugural conference, we quickly realized that the Diversity Network was something we wanted to remain part of. We particular value the way the Diversity Network has facilitated cooperation between campus stakeholders who are usually not involved in education abroad, such as Multicultural Affairs, Financial Aid, and Student Affairs. 

 

How long has your organization/institution been a member? 

4 years

 

What Diversity Network resource has been most useful for you and your colleagues in advancing diversity & inclusive excellence in global education? 

The conference, the publications, and most recently the webinars have assisted in training new staff. 

 

How has membership with the Diversity Network helped your institution make global education more accessible to students from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds? 

The many ideas and strategies we've picked up from conferences, webinars, and just talking with Diversity Abroad Network staff has offered more tools to better recruit students and has also heightened the interest and excitement of staff in undertaking this challenge. 

 

Please describe any innovative initiatives related to diversity and inclusion in global education that your institution is currently undertaking.  

We are working closely with our Freshman Experience program to prepare students for education abroad and also offering unique alternate spring break and winter sessions education abroad programs for underclassmen, especially freshmen.  

Tags:  diversity  inclusion  members 

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