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Diversity Network Member Highlight: Semester at Sea

Posted By Administration, Monday, April 24, 2017

Institution name

Semester at Sea (SAS)


Location

Fort Collins, CO

 

Institutional Profile

Small (under 5,000 students); MSI


Why did your institution join the Diversity Abroad Network?

SAS joined the Diversity Abroad Network so that we could gain access to tools and resources to help us better support participants in our program who identify with underrepresented backgrounds.  We wanted to make sure all that of our staff that engages with our program participants are knowledgeable and empowered to support our participants throughout the study abroad program with us. We also wanted to be able to collaborate with peer organizations to discuss case studies and share successful initiatives.

 

How long has your organization/institution been a member? 

Since 2014

 

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

The Diversity Country Climate Notes have been very useful, especially since our program travels to multiple countries during the voyage. Having a starting point on how to start to prepare underrepresented students for travel in certain countries has been invaluable. We make these notes available to participants throughout their voyage so that can always have a central place of reference. The webinars have also been very helpful, and generally focus on new and emerging topics.

 

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

Having a program profile listed on the Diversity Abroad website has had the most impact on our student engagement. Students who visit the Diversity Abroad website are likely to identify with an underrepresented identity, so having SAS’s profile in partnership with Diversity Abroad/Diversity Network helps students know that they will likely be considering participating in a program that will take the steps necessary to support their needs and experiences while studying abroad. Additionally, just the general increase in knowledge available to our staff has helped us when advising students during the pre-voyage/program preparation period.

 

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

Our institutional diversity committee is currently working on several initiatives to help promote diversity and inclusion on our program. We are in the final stages of implementing a Special Accommodations Housing Initiative to help better support and accommodate the needs of students who are transgender, transsexual, intersex, and other diverse gender identities and expressions and allies. We are also planning to launch a Diversity Peer mentoring program in order to connect alumni from underrepresented backgrounds with prospective students from similar backgrounds to help share personal, peer-related study abroad experiences. We are also exploring more ways to keep our diverse alumni more engaged after their voyage.

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Diversity Network Member Highlight: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Posted By Administration, Friday, January 6, 2017

Institution name

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Location

Chapel Hill, NC

 

Institutional Profile

Large (over 15,000)


Why did your institution join the Diversity Abroad Network?

Aligned with UNC’s Academic Plan, which prioritizes “equity and inclusion” and “global engagement,” the Center for Global Initiatives is spearheading a major pan-university effort to significantly increase the number of traditionally underserved students who have access to global opportunities.

This effort opens access to students regardless of their academic discipline, age, disabilities, educational or family background, gender identity, racial or ethnic identity, sexual orientation or socio-economic status.

The effort defines “global opportunities” broadly to encompass:
1) Educational opportunities abroad (including credit-bearing study abroad, experiential learning, internships, research and service-learning).
2) Global opportunities on campus (such as course work in foreign languages and globally-oriented classes in diverse disciplines such as business, education and nursing, as well as events and co-curricular student activities).
3) Globally-oriented service in the local community (for example, engagement with K-12 classrooms or immigrant communities).

Membership with the Diversity Abroad Network has given us access to important resources and people in this work.

 

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? 

 The annual conferences. We look forward to coming to the one this spring.

 

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

The knowledge we come back with from conferences have helped shape our programming, especially thinking about early interventions. Diversity Abroad is good at stressing the need to be deliberate and invested in this effort. It can't be done well without a deep commitment. 

 

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

1. Global Take Off: Puerto Rico, a fully-funded, faculty-led five day experience in Puerto Rico for incoming students with financial need and limited or no travel experience. This program received over 250 applicants in its first year and funded 12 students, 8 of whom were African-American, 8 were first generation college students, and 2 were transfer students
2. Passport to GO! provides free passports for incoming students with financial need. Since 2012, 189 applicants have received a passport, of whom more than a third are African-American, one quarter are first generation, and one quarter are transfer students.
3.Embark Carolina is a website with a student-focused how-to manual on finding global educational opportunities, as well as a searchable database of funding sources to support students’ pursuit of such opportunities.

Through all these deliberate efforts, UNC appears to be heading in the right direction. Here are trends for important sub-groups of applicants and awardees to various programs of the Center for Global Initiatives between FY2013-FY16:
Applicants
• The number of applicants increased by 128% from 316 to 720
• The number of African-American applicants increased by 348% from 25 to 112
• The number of non-white female applicants increased by 235% from 94 to 315
• The number of non-white male applicants increased by 170% from 30 to 81
• The number of transfer students increased by 273% from 41 to 153
• The number of first generation students increased by 444% from 52 to 283
• The number of applicants who’ve never been abroad increased by 871% from 24 to 233
Awardees
• The number of awardees increased by 109% from 91 to 190
• The number of African-American awardees increased by 255% from 11 to 39
• The number of non-white female awardees increased by 259% from 17 to 61
• The number of non-white male awardees increased by 120% from 10 to 22
• The number of transfer student awardees increased by 14% from 22 to 25
• The number of first generation student awardees increased by 283% from 23 to 88
• The number of awardees who’ve never been abroad increased by 533% from 15 to 95

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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.

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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.  

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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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