Title: It Starts at Home: Best Practices in Developing Inclusive Study abroad Programming on Your Campus
Diversity and Inclusion conversations both domestically and abroad are no longer a rarity. Students, particularly generation Z are looking for experiences that include understanding of identity, diversity, and inclusion. Even so, some of our working spaces may not be aware that these conversations are necessary. There may even be push back regarding the importance of discussing diversity, equity and inclusion in study abroad. This discussion will explore helpful ways faculty program leaders and education abroad coordination staff can create inclusive programming.
Tiphani Dixon, Study Abroad Program Coordinator - University of Kansas
Keara DeKay, University Relations Manager, Mid-Atlantic - CISabroad
Caroline Zeiher, International Coordinator (Faculty-led Programs, Summer) - Arizona State University
Kory M. Saunders, Assistant Director for Strategic Marketing, Diversity, & Inclusion, Study Abroad - North Carolina State University
Diversity Abroad 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)