Community Discussion: Reflections from Minority-Serving Institutions | Recruiting & Advising SOC
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Community Discussion: Reflections from Minority-Serving Institutions | Recruiting & Advising SOC

This community discussion, facilitated by members of the 2018-2019 Task Force on Minority Serving Institutions, will begin preparing attendees with the tools to create more inclusive study abroad cohorts for racially and ethnically diverse students at both Minority Serving and Predominately White Institutions.

When: Thursday, September 27, 2018
2pm- 3pm Eastern
Contact: Diversity Abroad Network
501-982-0635 Ext 704

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Title: Reflections from Minority-Serving Institutions | Recruiting and Advising Students of Color in Education Abroad at All Institutions



What strategic steps can we take to help students of color consider and see themselves experiencing study abroad? Many first generation and racially and ethnically diverse students have never been out of the country. Join us for a community discussion on ways to attract underrepresented students to study abroad. As professionals in the field, we must devise ways to go out and meet students where they are and stimulate interest, not relying on the appeal of advertisements that are often cited as barriers to participation. In this dialogue, we will address recruiting and advising challenges, considering issues of heritage identity and travel destination. Also, successful recruitment approaches will be discussed. It is our aim to seek creative ideas and questions from attendees in order to continue building upon our collective efforts to impact underrepresentation and better serve students of color through inclusive practices.



  • Nicole Barone - Diversity Abroad
  • Dolores Rafter-Arevalo - Penn State Abington
  • Linwood Whitten - Alabama State University 
  • Jewell Winn - Tennessee State University



Members: complimentary

Non-Members: $99


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)