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Diversity & Inclusion Among International Educators | Diversity Abroad Working Group

Posted By Administration, Monday, August 13, 2018
Updated: Friday, August 10, 2018

Diversity Abroad is delighted to introduce members of the State of Diversity & Inclusion Among International Educators Working Group. The results from the Diversity & Inclusion Among International Educators survey, conducted by Diversity Abroad in spring 2018, present an opportunity to examine how the practices, policies, and culture of international education offices support the recruitment, retention, and success of diverse professionals in the field. This group of global education colleagues -- with experience in conducting research on inclusive hiring practices, recruiting staff/faculty from diverse backgrounds, and/or advocating to promote a culture of belonging for professionals from marginalized communities within Higher Education -- will collaborate over the coming months to develop resources & thought leadership to support inclusive recruitment, hiring, and retention practices in International Education. 


Working Group Members

Lauren CollinsLauren Collins
University of Denver

Lauren Collins is a PhD candidate in the higher education program at the University of Denver. Her research looks at community experiences of study abroad programs, academic capitalism's relationship to international education, and critical global citizenship education. A trained educator, she leads immersive field education programs in China for Where There Be Dragons and teaches Global Citizenship at the University of Denver.  She also works as a Community Engaged Fellow for the University of Denver Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning, as well as runs the campus food pantry.


Andrew Gordon
Diversity Abroad

Andrew Gordon is a social entrepreneur and CEO and Founder of Diversity Abroad.  With a passion for student success and international education Andrew founded Diversity Abroad in 2006 with a simple vision, that the next generation of young people from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds have the confidence, experience, and skills necessary for success in the 21st century global marketplace.
As the chief national advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion within international education, Andrew speaks and writes extensively on such topics. He has consulted colleges & universities, non-profit and for-profit organizations, and government agencies on developing strategies for connecting ethnic and racial diverse, first generation and low income students to global learning opportunities. 
A native of San Diego, Andrew is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese and proficient in French. He is a graduate of the University of San Francisco and has studied, worked and traveled throughout Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.


Alisha StantonAlisha Stanton, Ed.D
University of Denver

Alisha Stanton is a graduate from the University of Denver – Morgridge College of Education doctoral program, where she also completed a Masters in Higher Education. She entered the field of education after spending many years in broadcast sports and music entertainment. Following the completion of an internship in Lancaster England, and traveling throughout Latin America and Europe with secondary students, she developed a passion for global and international education.  Her current research initiatives focus on creating global experience opportunities for students of all economic and cultural backgrounds, and the inclusion of global and international understanding in graduate education preparation programs - specifically in colleges of education. As part of the inaugural administrative staff of the Denver Center for International Studies at Montbello (DCISM), a Denver Public School, she provided opportunities to promote global and cultural learning, and positive youth development beyond what is offered during the traditional school day. Her prior work with non-profit organizations such as The Bridge Project and Colorado Challenge Foundation - whose missions are to improve education opportunities and quality to a diverse range of students - created an opportunity to develop a cultural enrichment programing which focused on promoting global awareness among secondary students in Denver Housing Communities.  Her current research is inspired by the lack of diversity in fields of global and international discourse, and the need to increase access to global knowledge.


Angela MillerAngela Miller, PhD
University of Florida

Dr. Angela Miller is the Liaison for Outreach, Diversity, and Inclusion at the University of Florida.  She earned her doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University, her Master's Degree from George Washington University, and her undergraduate degree from Edinboro University.
Dr. Miller served as the Director of Study Abroad Services at the University of Florida, and the Assistant Director of Education Abroad, Coordinator of Faculty-led Study Abroad Programs, Study Abroad Advisor, and Assistant to the Vice-Provost for International Initiatives at Northern Arizona University.  She also served as the Coordinator for the Global Learning Initiative to implement global learning in the curriculum. 
Throughout her career in International Education, Dr. Miller has presented at numerous conferences on diversity in Study Abroad and Risk Management. She also served as the NAFSA State Representative for Region II, and Field Advocate for Arizona International Educators. Dr. Miller has coordinated multiple Faculty-led programs and co-led an interdisciplinary team of students and faculty to India.


Asabe PolomaAsabe Poloma, PhD
Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows Program

As Assistant Dean for International Students & Associate Director of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows Program, Dean Poloma is responsible for advising and providing academic support for international undergraduates; in that capacity, she serves as the main academic support dean for the international undergraduate community and is the liaison for the Dean of the College to the Office of Global Engagement. Dean Poloma also serves as Associate Director of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program to coordinate a pipeline program with the goal of increasing the number of students from historically underrepresented groups who pursue careers in the professoriate.

Dean Poloma received her Ph.D. in Higher Education, with an emphasis on international and comparative higher education, from the University of Massachusetts Boston; she earned her bachelor’s degree in Political Science at Hampton University, a Master’s degree in International Relations with a concentration in International Political Economy at Old Dominion University, and a Master’s degree in Management at Columbia University.

Prior to coming to Brown, Dean Poloma served as Executive Director of the Institute for Recruitment of Teachers (IRT), a selective national pipeline program with the goal of increasing the number of historically underrepresented groups who pursue careers in elementary and secondary schools and the professoriate. She also served on the program staff at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation where she supported grant management, program development, and the fellowship selection processes of the Foundation. Asabe has taught at the University of Massachusetts Boston and the United States National Defense University Joint Forces Staff College. In addition, she has worked at the Hampton Roads Refugee and Immigration Services. As an administrator, advisor, and scholar, Dean Poloma has a passion for understanding and advocating for issues related to access and equity in education, global engagement, and the public good.

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Diversity Abroad Welcomes New Fellows!

Posted By Arielle Gousse, Friday, July 20, 2018
Updated: Monday, July 23, 2018

Diversity Abroad is excited to introduce four new fellows who will be supporting Diversity Abroad initiatives over the course of the 2018-2019 year. The Diversity Abroad Fellowship Program has invited graduate students and new professionals interested in pursuing careers or gaining professional development experience in global education to apply for the 1-year program. After a very competitive review process, Diversity Abroad is delighted to welcome four fellows to join the Diversity Abroad Team. Fellows will be collaborating with the Diversity Abroad team within the following areas: Student Support Services, Minority Serving Institution (MSI) Engagement, Educational Resource & Member Engagement, and Event Coordination.


Event Coordination Fellow


Care Allen

Care Allen 

Care Allen currently serves as a Program Services Coordinator for TRiO Student Support Services at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, MI. Care graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Michigan State University and a Master of Education degree in College Student Affairs Leadership from Grand Valley State University. She has published work in GLACUHO TRENDS Magazine as well as research on High Achieving African American students at community colleges. Care has presented at the Michigan College Personnel Association conference, Diversity Abroad National Conference, and Grand Valley State Universities Leadership Summit as well as their Teach-In. Care has also participated in several case study competitions and presented to students all over campus about leadership opportunities.

In her spare time Care owns a True 2 Size shoes an online store exclusively for women wearing shoes sizes 9-13 (www.true2sizeshoes.com) and Fashion with Care and personal styling company and blog. (www.fashionwithCare.com).


Minority Serving Institution (MSI) Fellow


Nicole Barone

Nicole Barone

Nicole Barone will serve as the MSI Engagement Fellow for the 2018-2019 year. She is a doctoral student in the Higher Education program at Boston College. She received her masters degree from the University of Washington and bachelors degree from Western Washington University. Though it was challenging navigating college as a first-generation college student from a low-income background, she reflects on how higher education and international experiences have positively shaped her life - both personally and professionally.

She sought a career in higher education in order to create equitable experiences for students from historically marginalized backgrounds. Her research and professional interests center on college access, diversity and inclusion in international education, and study abroad at community colleges and Minority Serving Institutions. Her tentative dissertation topic will explore the role of faculty in community college students' decision to study abroad.When she isn't working or studying, Nicole enjoys traveling, dancing, visiting family and friends, and searching for good coffee.


Student Support Services Fellow


Austin Dixon

Austin Dixon

Austin Dixon is a native of the small town of Trenton, North Carolina. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he received his bachelor's degree in interpersonal and organizational communication studies. In his senior year, he received the Frances L. Phillips Travel Scholarship which allowed him to spend time in Portugal, Spain, and France. Currently, he is a graduate student at Louisiana State University working to obtain a masters degree in higher education administration. His functional area of focus includes study abroad, where he would like to contribute to diversity and inclusion efforts in hopes of seeing more first-generation and male college students of color gain access to global education and exposure.


Educational Resources & Member Engagement Fellow


Simone Francis

Simone Francis

Simone Francis is a current masters student at Indiana University Bloomington in the Higher Education & Student Affairs (HESA) Program. She received her B.A. in Biology from New York University, where she worked extensively with student organizations and administration to support underrepresented students on campus. In 2015, she took her talents to New York University Shanghai in China to enhance the diversity initiatives offered by the Office of Student Life.


Now as a graduate student, Simone works with Residential Programs and Services as a Graduate Supervisor for Diversity Education. She has served IU's Diversity Council of the Graduate and Professional Student Government and as an ambassador for the American College Personnel Association (ACPA).

Approaching her final year in the HESA program, Simone is working with the International Institutes of Stanford University's Pre-Collegiate Studies Program for the summer, and throughout the year will be the Scholarship & Research Chair for the Pan-African Network of ACPA. Her experiences navigating new spaces as a first-generation, West-Indian, and Black woman in China, Australia, Cambodia and other countries have contributed immensely to her dedication in examining the intersections of social justice and global education. She is thrilled to be a Diversity Abroad fellow, and hopes the opportunity will propel both her professional and academic goals to create and support transformative educational spaces forward. 

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GSLS 2018 in Review

Posted By Trixie Cordova, Tuesday, April 17, 2018

The 4th Annual Global Student Leadership Summit was held during the 6th Diversity Abroad Conference on April 7-10 in Miami, FL. This year, we welcomed our largest cohort yet -- close to 70 students representing 40 different colleges and universities across the U.S. GSLS students studied abroad in countries including Cyprus, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Senegal, Brazil, South Korea, Costa Rica, Vietnam, Japan, Ghana, France, Italy, Croatia, Cuba, Vienna, Argentina, Romania, Scotland, and Germany, and we were excited to host a new crop of diverse global leaders for another year of reflection, growth, and community building.


As in previous years, GSLS provided a much-needed space for diverse study abroad alumni to find community in one another while unpacking their experiences abroad. Our event kicked off with a compelling and inspiring Keynote, delivered by FIU’s Vice President of Engagement, Saif Ishoof. Saif told students about his own life’s work, his commitment to serving the larger Miami community, and challenged the students to utilize his network to leverage their own career paths by friending him on LinkedIn right away. Saif’s words gave students the energy boost to kick off a packed day one.


Over the course of nine unique sessions, students delved into three days of discussion. Below is a brief summary of what was explored:


Day one was focused on internal reflection. Students began GSLS by designing personal “Life Maps” to contextualize what has led them to this point in the present, and what informs their goals for the future. During “Your Diversity Abroad”, students had the opportunity to ‘sound-off’ on their time abroad, and share their ideas about ways they would improve the student experience. Day one wrapped up with a discussion on the intercultural competencies developed abroad, and how that aligns with one’s leadership skills.


New to GSLS this year was the opportunity students had to connect briefly with FIU Upward Bound students from local Miami high schools. During day one of GSLS, these high school students learned more about global programs from our High School Task Force before meeting our GSLS students for a game of “Get to Know You” BINGO. The prizes included two ‘swag bags’, and two brand new passports to encouraging the high school students to go global as early as possible!


Day two was all about career development. The day started with a series of sessions focused on tangible advice from our facilitators. Students received personalized resume feedback, explored post-graduate opportunities such as fellowships or teaching abroad, and also had an intimate conversation about how going overseas can help one confirm their desired career path. Students then had the opportunity to hear from a panel of professionals across a broad range of sectors, before listening to their peers share their stories during the Welcome Luncheon panel for all conference attendees. GSLS students closed their programming on day two with a Career Reception to learn more about potential employment opportunities. This reception featured attendees representing the Peace Corps, Public Policy & International Affairs (PPIA) Program, Monterey Institute for International Studies (MIIS), PricewaterhouseCooper (PwC), and USAID Global Health Fellows.


The third and final day of GSLS was focused on next steps. Students talked about what it takes to practically make the transition from being in college to developing one’s career, and closed with thinking about how to ‘pay it forward’ and make an impact on their campuses and in their communities to see more students from diverse backgrounds going abroad.


It was an honor to once again host a unique re-entry opportunity for diverse students at universities and colleges across the country. We look forward to hosting another cohort of incredible, diverse student leaders for GSLS 2019 in Boston, MA from March 2-5!

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Meet the Team: Marketing Coordinator

Posted By Administration, Monday, March 26, 2018

Ariana Peña - Marketing Coordinator


Tell us about yourself:


I recently graduated Cum Laude from Saint Michael’s College in Burlington, Vermont where I received a Bachelor’s Degree in Media Studies, Journalism, & Digital Arts with a minor in Business Administration. During my time at St. Michael’s, I had the incredible opportunity to study abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina for a full semester.While in Argentina, I witnessed firsthand the underrepresentation of ethnic-minority students such as myself in study abroad programs. As one of the few people of color enrolled in my study abroad program, I had difficulty navigating my identity and experiences as a Mexican-American woman studying abroad for the first time amongst a cohort of mostly white men and women. These experiences inspired me to dedicate my senior thesis to researching the historic underrepresentation and unequal access of study abroad opportunities for ethnic minority students. During this time, I also served as a study abroad ambassador during my final year of college, specifically targeting first-generation, ethnic-minority, and financially disadvantaged students. 


Why did you join Diversity Abroad?


In my role at Diversity Abroad, I am able to give back to the local and global community that inspired my career. I studied abroad because of scholarships that were awarded to me. Knowing that someone else invested in my future reminded me of the continued generosity (both tangible and intangible) that has been granted to me throughout my educational journey. We know that education is the gift that can’t be taken away, therefore the opportunity to provide students with resources to expand their knowledge and experiences in our globally interconnected classrooms is my way of “paying it forward”. Diversity Abroad allows me to do that in a very unique way.


Why did you join Diversity Abroad?

I believe every student should have access to the transformative power of receiving a global education. I joined Diversity Abroad because it is dedicated to providing students and professionals with the resources necessary to bridge the accessibility gap in international education and to make for a more inclusive environment. 


What do you do at Diversity Abroad?


As marketing coordinator at Diversity Abroad, I manage the daily editorial and promotional content for our student and professional audiences via diversityabroad.com, diversitynetwork.org, social media platforms, and email. I also assist in the planning and coordination of company events, including the Annual Diversity Abroad Conference.


Where do you see global education going in five years?


As our world continues to be more connected through technology, business, and social media, it will be more important than ever for young professionals to be able to communicate interculturally in order to compete in the 21st century global market. As a result, I believe education abroad will slowly become a standard for the educational and professional development of generations to come. Therefore, the work of organizations like Diversity Abroad and others in the field of international education will be crucial in shaping accessibility to global education programs. 


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Diversity Network Member Highlight: UC San Diego

Posted By Administration, Thursday, March 22, 2018

Institution name

University of California, San Diego



La Jolla, California


Institutional Profile

Large (over 15,000)


Why did your institution join the Diversity Abroad Network?

UC San Diego joined the DA Network primarily to be part of a larger network of global educators who value the scholarship, conversations, and actions that will lead us to mentoring and empowering a more diverse population of students from the United States studying abroad.


How long has your organization/institution been a member? 

Founding member of the Diversity Abroad Network.


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

The AIDE Resource Library


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

Membership with the Diversity Network has offered us tools, literature, and trainings that are unparalleled in global education, and perhaps even in higher education, with regard to accessibility.  All of our staff regularly use materials from the Diversity Network to advise students and we continue our own education regularly through the webinars (often free for members) and the annual conference.


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

UC San Diego has been doing "mobile advising" in our Campus Community Centers for nearly two full academic years now.  Benefits have not only included our office seeing an increase of underrepresented students on campus coming into our office for advising, but we've also developed a tighter network of advocates on campus in the Center staff and a greater understanding of our programs and our mission to make study abroad accessible to all students on campus.

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