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Diversity Abroad Releases Results From Survey of Diversity & Inclusion Among International Educators

Monday, June 18, 2018  
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BERKELEY, CAJune 18, 2018 Diversity Abroad is excited to announce the release of data from the 2018 Survey of Diversity & Inclusion Among International Educators. For more than 10 years, Diversity Abroad has been working to provide tools and resources that advance access, diversity, equity, and inclusion in global education and exchanges, and has sought to continue these efforts by releasing findings from the first survey to capture demographic information about the international education professionals. Previously, little to no data has been available to make assertions about the professionals who work in international education. The survey was distributed by Diversity Abroad to more than 10,000 individuals via direct email messages, SECUSS-L listerv and social media platforms (Twitter and LinkedIn). The survey garnered 555 total responses from individuals representing both Diversity Abroad Network members and non-members, with 52 only partially completed. Most reported sections are based on the 503 responses, however the 52 partial completions are included in the analysis for the questions to which they responded.

"There is much to gain from having greater insights into the backgrounds, identities, current working conditions, climate and culture of the professionals who drive international education. Beyond our work with students, international education professionals possess the skills to effectively advance diversity, equity, and inclusion. Learning about this population can deepen the way we recruit, support, retain, and advance all professionals working in this field, including those from diverse backgrounds," says Andrew Gordon, CEO & Founder of Diversity Abroad.

According to the survey, which bolstered 555 respondents, the race and ethnicity of the professionals in international education mirror the present demographic profile of students in education abroad in the United States. Specifically, 71% of the survey respondents identified as White while 29% Black/African American, Hispanic/Latinx, Asian, Middle Eastern/Arab or multiracial. Notably, no survey respondents identified as Native American/Native Alaskan or Pacific Islander/Native Hawaiian. Of the respondents, 79% identified as women, 20% identified as men, and 0.2% identified as transgender.  79% of respondents identified as female, which is 12.5% higher than the percentage of education abroad participants who identify as women (66.5%).

Data collected on salary range was broken down by gender and racial/ethnic identification. While most respondents reported salary earnings between $40,000 and $100,000, the distribution is different for men and women, and slightly different for respondents who identified as White compared to those who identified as Asian, Black/African American, Latinx, Middle Eastern/Arab, or two or more races. According to the survey, 52% of male respondents reported earnings of $60,000+ as compared with only 36% of women respondents. Additionally, 19.3% of respondents who identified with historically underrepresented ethnic/racial groups reported a salary range below $30,000 compared to 12.8% of White respondents.

The majority of the survey respondents (85%) identified as heterosexual or straight, while 5% identified as gay, 4% bisexual, 1% lesbian, and 4% other. Additionally, 52.3% identified as millennials (born between 1980 and 2000) and 34.3% identified as being part of Generation X (born between 1965 and 1979). Most participants, (79%), do not identify as having a disability or impairment, however, mental health conditions were the most frequently reported disability or impairment (10.8%). The majority of respondents hold a postgraduate degree, 61.5% hold a master's degree and 17.2% a doctoral degree. The majority of these degrees fall within the broader category of Education.

The majority of participants (78.4%) agreed or strongly agreed that their institution or organization viewed supporting diverse and underrepresented students in education abroad as priority. Participants were provided a space to share what they believe are high priority areas and emerging trends in access, diversity, inclusion, and equity. Qualitative data revealed the types of resources that would better support diverse students in global education. Respondents frequently mentioned limitations including inadequate staffing level for international education offices, the need for more inclusive hiring practices and resources to better support program goals, especially for target groups (e.g., low-income, racial/ethnic, LGBTQI+ and first-generation college students). Other high-priority areas that were mentioned include funding and finances, increasing diversity of student participants, and developing an institutional climate of inclusivity.

As the leading organization dedicated to advancing diversity and inclusive policies and practices in international education, the findings from this survey will allow Diversity Abroad to better contextualize new initiatives and resources related to: funding & finances, increasing the diversity of student participants, staffing, providing resources & support for diverse students, and institutional climate. In what ways can the findings from this survey help to develop a climate of inclusivity at your campus/institution? How is your institution/organization implementing diverse and inclusive hiring practices? What emerging issues of access, diversity, and inclusion are high priorities at your institution?


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About Diversity Abroad

Diversity Abroad is the leading consortium of educational institutions, government agencies, businesses, 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 achieve this vision by advancing diversity and inclusive policies and practices in the international education field and by connecting diverse students to resources and educational and career opportunities.