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2018 Diversity & Inclusion Award Recipients Announced

Tuesday, January 30, 2018  
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DIVERSITY ABROAD NAMES 2018 EXCELLENCE IN DIVERSITY & INCLUSION IN INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION (EDIIE), ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT FOR RESEARCH IN DIVERSITY & INCLUSION, & GLOBAL STUDENT LEADERSHIP AWARD RECIPIENTS


BERKELEY, CAJanuary 30, 2018 Diversity Abroad is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2018 Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion in International Education (EDIIE), Academic Achievement for Research in Diversity & Inclusion, and Global Student Leadership Awards. This year’s recipients have demonstrated a commitment to advancing diversity and inclusive excellence within international education on an individual, institutional, and organizational level, as well as students who represent Diversity Abroad’s mission to diversify global education.

 

“Each year Diversity Abroad has the opportunity to recognize institutions, organizations and individuals who have tirelessly worked to expand access to global education for students who have traditionally not taken advantage of these high impact experiences. Through their work the 2018 EDIIE award recipients are creating opportunities for all students to gain access to the rich academic, career and interpersonal benefits that are derived from global education and cultural exchange. We are honored to highlight the awardees success.” says Andrew Gordon, CEO & Founder of Diversity Abroad.

 

The awards will be presented on April 10, 2018 at the 6th Annual Diversity Abroad Conference, New Realities and Untapped Potential, in Miami, FL.

 

ABOUT THE EXCELLENCE IN DIVERSITY & INCLUSION IN INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION (EDIIE) AWARDS

 

Through the Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion in International Education Awards, Diversity Abroad celebrates outstanding institutions, organizations, professionals and students. The awardees have developed innovative practices, conducted original research, and championed inclusive excellence, all with an aim toward preparing diverse and underrepresented students for success through equitable access to global education and cultural exchange opportunities. The awards are divided into Institutional/Organizational Awards,  Individual Professional Awards, and Student Awards. This year’s winners are:



EDIIE INSTITUTIONAL/ORGANIZATIONAL AWARDS


Diversity & Inclusion Champion: WESTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY


“The faculty, administration, and professional team members of Western Kentucky University (WKU) are honored to be the recipient of the 2018 Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion in International Education Award - Diversity and Inclusion Champion. This recognition sends a strong message that WKU is succeeding in our goal to provide transformational international opportunities for all of our students. More importantly, it inspires us to continue diversifying the students we send abroad and to do more to increase our efforts to provide life-changing international educational experiences for greater and a more diverse number of WKU students.” - David D. Lee, Provost, Vice President of Academic Affairs


Organizational Excellence: SPELMAN COLLEGE


"It is with great enthusiasm that I congratulate Dr. 'Dimeji Togunde and the Global Education staff for their dedication to fostering diversity and inclusion in international education! These cross cultural engagements serve to prepare our students to be global leaders and are a shining example of excellence at Spelman College." - Sharon Davies, Provost.


"This award validates Spelman's commitment to a campus internationalization agenda aimed at increasing access to global education while promoting diversity and inclusive practices. It is so gratifying that our efforts in international education are being recognized." - 'Dimeji Togunde, Ph.D., is the associate provost for Global Education and leads Spelman's internationalization.


Financial Support: UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN COLLEGE OF LITERATURE, SCIENCE, AND THE ARTS


“The LSA Study Abroad Scholarship program makes international learning a reality for students who think it’s out of reach, because of financial concerns,” said Angela Dillard, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education at the University of Michigan’s College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. “The program amplifies students’ classroom learning with hands-on experiences in new cultures and new environments. We’re proud to receive this award in recognition of our program’s transformative impact on students, and the generous donors who make these scholarships possible.”


International Student Success: TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS


“Tennessee State University is pleased that Diversity Abroad has decided to recognize the impactful work of the Office of International Affairs. The Executive Director, Dr. Winn, and her team epitomize the spirit of the Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion in International Education (EDIIE) Award.  


It is amazingly watch the growth of international education at TSU. The laser focus of our team to internationalize our curriculum has resulted in exponential benefits to our university and surrounding community. We herald your organization and appreciate how Diversity Abroad has chosen to recognize TSU.” - Alisa L. Mosley, Chief Academic Officer, Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs


Student Support: ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY


“We are extremely honored to receive this award! We developed the Planning Scholars scholarship program because we identified that not enough of our ASU first-generation students were studying abroad. After reviewing the research literature on first-generation students studying abroad, we also created the program around a model of support, and helping participants identify their particular support needs before, during and after their study abroad experience.” – Dr. Adam Henry, Director, ASU Study Abroad Office


Programming (Curriculum/Co-Curricula): INTERNATIONAL HONORS PROGRAM, SIT STUDY ABROAD


“We at IHP are deeply honored by this recognition, which will inspire us to work even harder to make our programs truly inclusive. We believe that our work is enriched by the diversity of those who participate in it, both within our groups and in our host communities. This award calls us to remain vigilant in our commitment to a compassionate and welcoming community,” says  David Shallenberger, Academic Dean of the International Honors Program.


Honorable Mention, Diversity & Inclusion Champion: DCPS Study Abroad


EDIIE INDIVIDUAL AWARDS:

Leadership (10+ years experience): MINNIE BATTLE MAYES, INTERNATIONAL PARTNERSHIPS AND VENTURES IN EDUCATION, LLC


"I am very honored to have been nominated and selected for the EDIIE award. In a career that spans four decades, I have been passionate about global human development. I have sought to serve, educate, mentor and train people to be better global citizens. It has been equally rewarding to provide opportunities for the underrepresented to enter the field of public and educational diplomacy. During the last 20 years we have witnessed great change. More people, who look like me, and have the education and experience, have found more opportunity and reward in this space. The development and growth of an organization like Diversity Abroad, is evidence of some of these changes. I am grateful for the recognition and appreciation that this award represents.” - Minnie Battle Mayes


“Minnie’s career exemplifies excellence in diversity and inclusion in education abroad. As an advocate, Minnie is a champion of expanding global engagement at historically Black Colleges and Universities. Her ability to bring people together to work on strategic solutions is inspiring and an exemplary example to emerging professionals. As a mentor, Minnie has actively nurtured the next generation of professionals of color in the field of international education. I'm ecstatic that she will be honored with this award,” stated Allegra Laing, Study Abroad Coordinator at Elon University.


Rising Star (2-10 years experience): KEARA DEKAY, UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA


“Keara tirelessly promotes diversity and inclusion efforts through her role as Senior Study Abroad Advisor for the University of South Carolina Study Abroad Office. It’s through people like Keara that effective change can – and will – happen in our field.” - Chrissie Faupel, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Advising at the University of South Carolina Study Abroad Office.


Honorable Mention, Rising Star: Skyller Walkes, Texas State University


GLOBAL STUDENT LEADERSHIP AWARD:


Graduate Student: AI DOAN, COLLEGE OF MOUNT SAINT VINCENT


"I am truly honored to receive this award. It will be a reminder to me that in every role I am a part of, whether as a student, worker or as a global citizen, I will continuously put effort in discovering ways to advocate the international field through education abroad, and to make it much more accessible for everyone to learn, engage and connect globally.” - Ai Doan.


Undergraduate Student: YESENIA AYAYLA, GRINNELL COLLEGE


“Yesenia Ayala serves as a vibrant example of what one can accomplish through the power of study abroad” commented Hernando Sevilla-Garcia, IES Abroad Diversity Relations Manager, who nominated Yesenia for the award. “Her accomplishments thus far as a Latina, first-generation college student and daughter of Salvadorian immigrants are truly inspiring to not only her peers but to those of us in international education who have been lucky enough to work with and share in her remarkable journey. I’m personally proud of her and know that she will continue to use education as a tool to empower others.”


Honorable Mention: Becky Phan, Undergraduate Student, University of South Alabama

 

ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT FOR RESEARCH IN DIVERSITY & INCLUSION IN GLOBAL EDUCATION AWARD:


Graduate Student: RAJA GOPAL BHATTAR, UCLA


“I’m excited to bring visibility to this important topic and urge higher education and international education leaders to explore intentional strategies to support LGBQ international students. Thank you for supporting emerging leaders and enhancing our network!” – Raja G. Bhattar

 

Undergraduate Student: JINTONG (TINA) LIU, WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY


"Tina's research is catalyzing changes on our campus to better support international students. We are very proud of her and glad she is receiving this award for her work," said Dr. Nelson Brunsting, Director of Global Research and Assessment at Wake Forest University.


ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS:

Diversity Abroad would like to thank the distinguished members of the Award Selection Committee for their work to identify the 2018 recipients:


  • Anthony Pinder (CHAIR), Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs - Emerson College

  • Jay Minert, Director of Outreach and Academic Engagement - University of California San Diego

  • Lily Lopez McGee, Deputy Director of Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship - Howard University

  • Amanda Maurer, Director of Education Abroad - University of South Florida

  • David Taylor, Director of Global Abroad Programs - Wake Forest University

  • David Wick, EdD, Assistant Professor - Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

  • Samuele Asfaha - Student Representative, Ohio State University Alum

  • Diana Arteaga - Student Representative, University of California, Berkeley Alum


ABOUT DIVERSITY ABROAD:

Diversity Abroad is the leading consortium of educational institutions, government agencies, for-profit and non-profit organizations who share its vision that the next generation of young people from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds are equipped with the skills, knowledge, and global acumen to thrive in the 21st century global marketplace. Together, Diversity Abroad and its partners advance policies and practices that advance diversity and inclusion in global education and connect diverse students to educational and career opportunities.