Access, Inclusion, Diversity, & Equity (AIDE) Roadmap
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Access, Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity (AIDE) Roadmap - 2nd Edition

Diversity Abroad, in collaboration with experts in the fields of international education, diversity and inclusion, and student affairs, has developed the second edition of the Access, Inclusion, Diversity & Equity (AIDE) Roadmap. The Roadmap includes a set of guidelines and a comprehensive assessment tool for education abroad offices and now for organizations who administer education abroad programming. Adherence to the guidelines support international education offices and organizations as they develop or enhance inclusive policies and practices that support the success of students throughout the education abroad process. Connected to the AIDE Guidelines is the Global Equity & Inclusion Assessment, an intensive self-assessment designed for education abroad offices and international education organizations that examines the diversity and inclusion policies and practices within the education abroad unit or organization. Completing the Global Equity & Inclusion Assessment will allow an institution or organization to identify and strengthen organizational policies and practices that may encourage or discourage diverse students to pursue education abroad opportunities.

AIDE Roadmap Guidelines
The AIDE Guidelines cover the following areas within offices, departments, and organizations working in education abroad and international education.
Strategy and Communications
  • Student Data and Profile;
  • Staffing, Hiring and Retention;
  • Strategy and Leadership;
  • Communication and Partnerships;
  • Organizational Operations;
  • Professional Development and Training
  • Assessment and Evaluation
Academics and Student Success
  • Curricular and Co-curricular activities;
  • Advising and Student Support

The AIDE Guidelines supports institutions’ and organizations’ efforts toward developing and improving effective policies and procedures to increase access to, participation in, and inclusive support for diverse students in education abroad. 

The AIDE Guidelines places specific emphasis on the following student populations:

  • Ethnically/Racially Diverse
  • First Generation College
  • High Financial Need
  • Religious Diversity
  • Students with Disabilities

Global Equity & Inclusion Assessment

What is it?

The 2nd Edition of Diversity Abroad’s Access, Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity (AIDE) Roadmap utilizes a set of diversity & inclusive good practice guidelines and a comprehensive assessment tool to provide a framework for developing and achieving diversity & inclusion goals to ensure equitable access to the education abroad benefits that improve the academic success, interpersonal growth, and career readiness for all students. 

Why Participate?

Participation in the Global Equity & Inclusion Assessment provides an opportunity to:

  • Create a baseline to measure improvement
  • Embed diversity & inclusive good practices systemically
  • Leverage partnerships to support student success
  • Employ a strategy-driven approach vs isolated initiative
  • Increase representative participation in education abroad
  • Promote academic, interpersonal, & post-graduate success of students
Who Should Participate?

The Global Equity & Inclusion Assessment tool was developed for Education Abroad Offices & International Education Provider Organizations. Institutions & Organizations have the flexibility of engaging the entire Global Equity & Inclusion Assessment at once or each assessment module can be administered separately.

Informational Webinar


AIDE Roadmap 2nd Edition Working Group

Diversity Abroad would like to thank the members of the AIDE Roadmap 2nd Edition Working Group. This group collaborated over a 6 month period to provide feedback and critical guidance on Diversity Abroad’s redesign of the AIDE Roadmap guidelines & assessment.

  • Amy Anderson, PhD - University of Dayton
  • Monroe France -New York University
  • Andrew Gordon - Diversity Abroad
  • Alan Jansen, PhD - Arcadia University
  • Grace Johnson - The Ohio State University
  • Jonathan Kaplan - Hebrew University
  • Erica Ledesma - Diversity Abroad
  • Susan Lochner - University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Lily Lopez-McGee, PhD - Consultant
  • Carol Reyes - Miami Dade College
  • Darin Smith-Gaddis - CAPA The Global Education Network
  • David Taylor - Wake Forest University
  • 'Dimeji Togunde, PhD - Spelman College
Pilot Program Participants

Diversity is grateful to Pilot Program Participants for completing the AIDE Roadmap assessment process and providing valuable feedback and insight prior to public release.

  • ArtCenter College of Design
  • AIFS Study Abroad
  • DePauw University
  • Elon University
  • Texas A&M University
  • University of Dayton
  • University of Maryland, College Park
  • Wake Forest University

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How much time should be allocated for completing the Global Equity & Inclusion Assessment?
Based on feedback from pilot institutions, completion of the AIDE Roadmap may take between 10 and 14 hours.
Should this be completed by one staff member? A team or committee?
It can be advantageous to designate one staff person as the project manager to guide a committee in completing the AIDE Roadmap. Information and data will need to be gathered from multiple campus units which will require a collaborative effort.
How does my information remain confidential?
Scores from participating institutions are blindly aggregated. Institutions can gauge progress by comparing scores to other similar institutions (based on student enrollment and institution type); however, institutional names are not made public. Institution's score and overall rating will only be reported with the consent of the institution.
What if we are just beginning our efforts toward Diversity and Inclusion in Education Abroad? Should we wait to participate until our efforts have become more institutionalized?
The Diversity Abroad AIDE Roadmap process is intended to engage and recognize the full spectrum of study abroad offices at colleges and universities in the U.S. Additionally, it is intended to involve those just starting their efforts toward diversity and inclusion in education abroad to long-time diversity and inclusion leaders.
Contact Diversity Abroad ( to
learn about the 2nd Edition of the AIDE Roadmap.