Title: Gulliver's (Religious) Travels: When your Religious Community Shrinks or Grows!
There are many things students take with them when they go abroad, however their religious community and spiritual traditions are not always easy unpack in a new culture! What should a student consider when thinking about expressing their religious identity abroad? Beyond the religious community, there is also the religious status quo – what if while abroad, a student become a religious minority for the first time in their life? Or, is suddenly a member of a religious majority?
It's important for students to anticipate these experiences, and for advisers to feel comfortable approaching this topic with them (regardless of whether they share the identity or feel comfortable discussing this). This community discussion will explore student experiences in religious contexts, and will provide education abroad professionals with resources, tools, and encouragement to discuss religious identity with students in pre-departure and during their time abroad.
Ryan Dye - Miami University Ohio
Daniella Lubey - University of San Francisco
Laura Zuelch - New York University
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)