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Global Student Leadership Summit Alumni Profile: Carmeisha Huckleby

Posted By Administration, Friday, August 19, 2016

GSLS Alumni Profile: Carmeisha Huckleby

Where do you call home?

Detroit, MI

Where are you currently living?

Albany, NY
  

Where did you go to school for undergraduate/graduate studies?  

Michigan State University 
 

Please describe your current career/educational endeavors. Where are you currently employed/studying? What are your future plans?

I'm currently a study abroad program coordinator at the University at Albany SUNY 

Please describe your past international experiences. How have these experiences impacted your current career/personal goals?

I've studied abroad in Japan, but have also visited Dubai, Egypt, Ghana, Abu Dhabi, China, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Taiwan, and Canada. These experiences prepared me for my current position by helping me gain intercultural competence, teaching me about the challenges people face while abroad, and showing me how much personal growth can happen while abroad. I am excited to be able to share these experiences with my students. 

When did you attend the GSLS?

I attended the conference in New Orleans in 2015.
 

Please describe how your experience at GSLS has impacted your current professional path. 

Attending the conference not only gave me the chance to meet professionals in the field and network with them, but it also provided me with the opportunity to improve my presentation skills. 

What advice would you give to college students about taking advantage of international travel?

In a globalized society, taking advantage of international travel is very important because it prepares you for diversity within the workforce, helps you gain cultural understanding and patience, and is a great opportunity for personal growth. 

Tags:  education abroad  global education  Global Student Leadership Summit  professional skills 

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Diversity Network Member Highlight: University of Minnesota

Posted By Erica Ledesma, Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Institution name

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities 
 

Location

Minneapolis, MN 

 

Institutional Profile

Large (over 15,000) Asian-serving Institution  
 

Why did your institution join the Diversity Abroad Network?

Before Diversity Abroad existed, there was not a space to have discussions solely focused on diverse student identities. It was something that wasn't really discussed in the field. We found that Diversity Abroad aided us in enhancing what we were doing in regards to inclusiveness and engaging under representation which has been a part of our Curriculum and Career Integration work. Lastly, we at the Learning Abroad Center believe in this work and want to be at the forefront of these discussions. 
 

How long has your organization/institution been a member? 

Since Diversity Abroad's inception 

 

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

The resource that we have most taken advantage of would be the webinars presented by the Diversity Network. After watching/listening to the webinars, we have had many discussions post webinars that have helped drive future diversity initiatives at the University of Minnesota.  

 

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

Membership to the Diversity Network has given us better insight and understanding of the various identities of the students we are trying to support. 
 

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

One of the initiatives that we are proud of is our Dialogues on Diversity series. In these Dialogues, we invite a cultural informant from one of the countries/cultures come into the office to speak on what makes up diversity in their country and address the complexities that students may face in that location.

 

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Diversity Network Member Highlight: Xavier University of Louisiana

Posted By Administration, Monday, July 25, 2016
Updated: Friday, December 30, 2016

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Institution Name 

Xavier University of Louisiana

Location

New Orleans, LA

How long has your organization/institution been a member?

4 years

Why did your institution decide to join the Diversity Abroad Network?

As the Chief International Officer at a Historically Black College, I feel it has been very beneficial to partner with Diversity Abroad. Our missions are similar as both our organizations want to assist 21st Century college students in developing the global competencies necessary to take on roles of leadership and service in the ever increasing global society. Beyond the mission, DA has a leader with great vision and an amazing staff. DA offers study abroad scholarships for students and professional development opportunities for international educators. Our partnership has positively impacted our common goal in increasing diversity in study abroad.

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

The Diversity Network Staff is the most useful resource. DA staff have visited campus each of the four years we have been members to conduct workshops, deliver keynote addresses and counsel students. DA offers an additional staff resource through a student liaison program. Post study abroad, students can apply to work with the study abroad office and DA to assist students in the study abroad process. We have had two DA student liaisons and they have helped us meet our advising goals in study abroad.

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

At Xavier, an HBCU, 70% of the students are African American. There are many other types of diversity also represented at the university. DA's focus on diversity in study abroad, through their staff and web resources, help reinforce the message of my office. This has served us well as our study abroad numbers have increased significantly each year.

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

We are currently working on a project entitled Xavier in Cuba. The plan involves two Xavier faculty led courses for students in Cuba during the summer of 2017. The courses will be 1) Business and Entrepreneurship in Cuba and 2) Topics on the African Diaspora in Cuba.
Additionally, I will work with our Student Affairs staff to run an alternative spring break service learning project in Cuba in the spring of 2017. We have extended this opportunity to the students Dillard University in New Orleans, another HBCU. With this project we hope to significantly increase the number of African American Students who study abroad and learn more about Business, Service Learning and the African Diaspora in Cuba.

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Diversity Network Member Highlight: The Ohio State University

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Updated: Friday, December 30, 2016

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Institution Name 

The Ohio State University

Location

Columbus, OH

Institutional Profile

Large (over 15,000)

How long has your organization/institution been a member?

5 years 

Why did your institution decide to join the Diversity Abroad Network?

Two primary reasons:

1. The Diversity Abroad Network offers excellent resources, perspectives and people to help us develop strategies for increasing underrepresented and diverse student participation in our education abroad programming.

2. The Diversity Abroad Network connects us in meaningful and productive ways to a learning community that is engaged in conversations and actions related to building inclusion and equity in education abroad.

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

The Diversity Abroad annual conference is terrifically useful. Regional workshops, webinars and the website are top notch as well.

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

Through our membership in the Diversity Network we are learning new approaches and best practices which we can adapt and apply to our campus community and programming.

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

We are moving into our fourth year of having a shared position between the Office of International Affairs and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. We hold an annual campus-wide event on access to education abroad for university faculty, staff and administrators.

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Message from Diversity Abroad President & Founder: Supporting Our Community During Times of Tragedy

Posted By Andrew Gordon, Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Updated: Friday, December 30, 2016

We are deeply saddened and our hearts go out to all who have been affected by the terrible events that took place in Louisiana, Minnesota, and Texas last week, as well other recent events of violence here in the U.S. and in other parts of the world.

The reports we have read from the news and social media as well as what we have viewed through video and pictures are heartbreaking and sad. These events not only affect us as professionals, but they affect the students we serve; those who are considering education abroad, those currently overseas, and the international students on our campuses. We and our students are impacted by these events in different ways, including feelings of fear, frustration, distrust, anger, sadness and anxiety.

As educators, whether we work in international education, diversity/multicultural programming or in other areas of education, let us all look for ways to support each other and to support our students during these difficult times. Each of us has an important role in listening, displaying compassion, showing empathy for our colleagues and for the students we serve. Some of the discussion around these tragic events will undoubtedly lead to discussing sensitive topics of race and violence in the United States, these are topics that are on the minds of many of our colleagues here in the U.S. and abroad and on the mind of our students.  As educators who promote the ideals of embracing difference, diversity, discomfort, and cultural understanding, let us not shy away from discussing these topics. Instead let's find ways to discuss these challenging topics in a constructive way in our offices and at our program sites overseas.

In the coming weeks Diversity Abroad will share resources for engaging in discussions around sensitive topics within our offices as well as at program sites overseas. In the meantime we encourage you to interact with your diversity/inclusion offices on campus and familiarize yourself with local resources for engaging in sensitive conversations and creating an inclusive environment for students and professionals who engage with your office.

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