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Supporting Our Community As We Navigate Challenging Times

Thursday, March 26, 2020  
Posted by: Diversity Abroad
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Like everyone, we at Diversity Abroad are concerned about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the world as whole and specifically on our team and our global community of professionals and students. In many ways we are in uncharted waters and this has caused understandable fear, anxiety, and confusion about what’s next, from a public health and economic standpoint as well as for our sector. Professionally, in the short-term there will be much uncertainty, however in the long-term we are confident that as an innovative community we will get through this crisis and emerge from it even stronger and poised to continue to leverage global education to support the success of all students.  

Internally, we have been asking ourselves what we can do to help. Organizations like Diversity Abroad are not on the frontlines of combating this global pandemic, but we do want to do our part to support our community. Over the next few weeks, we will highlight key digital resources and introduce new tools to assist our colleagues during these unprecedented times. We will also continue to engage students virtually with content to holistically support them as they navigate each phase of the global education process. Here is what we currently have planned:
  • To support our colleagues who are advising students remotely, starting April 6th and through the end of the academic year, Diversity Abroad will remove the paywall and provide complimentary access to our members to a number of digital advising modules available through our student success platform, Abroad360°. More information on how to sign up and access the modules will be available next week. Additionally, for both members and non-members, we recommend accessing our open access resources & guides that will help support your students at each phase of the global education process.
  • To support ongoing dialogue on how COVID-19 is impacting diversity, equity and inclusion in international education, Diversity Abroad has created a new Community Forum thread specific to COVID-19. While access to posting questions or sharing resources is limited to Diversity Abroad members, anyone can review details of the questions and resources posted in the thread. 

As this situation continues to unfold, Diversity Abroad will continue to look for ways to leverage our digital resources to support our international community as we all work - remotely in many cases - to advance diversity and inclusive good practices to ensure all of our students have equitable access to the benefits afforded through global education.