Diversity and Inclusivity are often (mis)characterized as synonymous concepts. In this community discussion, we seek to deconstruct and redefine these terms as they relate to study abroad. As professionals in the field, we must adopt tailored advising (taking into account the intersection of race/ethnicity/identity and study abroad) rather than a “one size fits all” approach when it comes to underrepresented and diverse students. We will also discuss different ways to be more open-minded while recruiting students to go abroad through the lens of intercultural competence. We seek to promote more inclusive and customized advising for students of color through intentional marketing and outreach, returned student feedback and the provision of resources (on-campus, provider-developed, and on-site). Ultimately, this discussion will begin preparing you with the tools to create more inclusive study abroad cohorts for racially and ethnically diverse students.
Brett Chin, Education Abroad Advisor, Babson College
Hernando Sevilla-Garcia, Diversity Relations Manager, IES Abroad
Candice Snowden, Education Abroad Advisor, University of Massachusetts Amherst
The Diversity Network hosts an annual series of community discussions for professionals interested in issues of access, inclusion, and diversity in education abroad and international student and scholar services. Participants are able to join discussions from the comfort of their office or coordinate a group of colleagues to participate together.
During these 60-minute online discussions, experts in the field are invited to facilitate discussions intended to highlight key issues and areas of potential advocacy to ensure the next generation of young people are provided with equitable access and support to high-impact global education opportunities. Participants are provided with key discussion questions to consider ahead of the live conversation to set the groundwork for this interactive forum.
Community Discussions will consist of:
Introduction of Facilitators (5 min)
Guidelines for constructive participation (5 min)
Description of the discussion topic including relevant history/background, current trends/statistics/terminology, & an outline of key questions for community discussion (20 min)
Community discussion with attendees (25 min)
Closing remarks, resources, & suggested opportunities for advocacy (5 min)