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Diversity Abroad Joins Movement to Double Study Abroad Participation

Saturday, November 15, 2014  
Posted by: Ryan Rounds
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Diversity Abroad is excited to join the national initiative to double the number of college students participating in international programming. We are prepared to dedicate time and resources to not only increase participation in education abroad programming but to diversify the students and institutions who have access to these opportunities.

Diversity Abroad has developed a two-pronged approach to fulfilling our commitment to providing information and resources to both students and higher education professionals to increase participation in education abroad opportunities. We are committed to working collaboratively with minority serving institutions (MSIs) to increase access to and services for students on their campuses. MSIs, particularly Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), prepare and train the majority of African-American/Black and Hispanic/Latino professionals entering the workforce. As such, their engagement in doubling study abroad participation is critical to ensuring that the student population going abroad is also representative of the diversity of the United States population.

Diversity Abroad is therefore excited to join Generation Study Abroad by engaging in the following activities.

  • Through our annual Go Global Campus Tour (GGT), we will increase our campus visits to MSIs to provide information, resources, and training to students who may not readily have access to information about education abroad options. Each year over the next five years, we will add more diverse campuses (e.g., HBCUs, Tribal Colleges and Universities) to our campus visits providing pre-departure and returned student resources in the form of student presentations, tabling, and classroom visits.
  • Through the Diversity Network, we will develop a capacity building program geared toward higher education professionals at MSIs. Annually, Diversity Abroad will bring together representatives from 7-10 MSI campuses to engage in virtual and in-person training sessions hosted in partnership with non-MSI Diversity Network member institutions. The training sessions will focus on sharing good practices in areas such as developing faculty-led programs and creative financing options for education abroad programming. Each institution will also be highlighted in the Diversity Network Good Practices Series to draw attention to successful internationalization initiatives on MSI campuses.

Through these efforts, we hope to engage a larger and more diverse population of stakeholders in education abroad. We are hopeful that these activities will not only help bolster the number of students going abroad, but will also expand these opportunities to students and institutions who have traditionally had fewer opportunities to engage in these endeavors.

Diversity Abroad is proud to be part of this initiative! 

More information about the Diversity Network MSI initiative will be made available in early 2015. A detailed view of our GGT campus visit calendar can be accessed by visiting