Global Diversity & Inclusion Institute
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Global Diversity & Inclusion Institute

Hosted by: London Metropolitan University

The landscape of education in the U.S. is changing as the student population becomes increasingly more diverse. As educational institutions are the main source of participants for international education and cultural exchange programs, those tasked with supporting participants in-country must continue to develop the knowledge, skills and competencies to provide adequate and inclusive support to participants of all backgrounds.

Join Us
On January 16 & 17, 2020, join Diversity Abroad as we host our Global Diversity & Inclusion Institute in London. This 2-day institute is developed to assist onsite administrators, staff and faculty in supporting an increasingly diverse student population studying, interning or pursuing other exchange opportunities overseas. The workshop will have the following objectives:

  • Provide a broad overview of diversity & inclusion from the U.S perspective for onsite professionals
  • Explore the climate of diversity & inclusion within the European context
  • Provide practical guidance and resources for onsite professionals who are in the position to support diverse participants
  • Empower onsite professionals to review and enhance their policies and practices as it relates to inclusive support of participants

Schedule of Events
Thursday, January 16, 2020
  • 4:00-4:30pm Arrival & Check-in
  • 4:30-5:00pm Welcome
    • Andrew Gordon, CEO & Founder - Diversity Abroad
      Professor Lynn Dobbs, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of London Metropolitan University

  • 5:00-6:00pm - Welcome & Plenary - Contemporary Diversity & Inclusion Considerations: The European Perspective
      Plenary Speaker: Asif Sadiq, Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging - The Telegraph
      Asif is Head of Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging for The Telegraph Media Group. He was formerly the Head of Diversity and Inclusiveness for EY Financial Services and previously the Head of Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Unit for the City of London Police. He is a Multi-Award Winning Diversity and Inclusion expert with over 15 years experience and a proven track record in achieving operational and strategic targets, managing quality, performance, risk and change.
      He is a passionate and inspirational Global Leader, co author and a renowned keynote speaker with the ability to empower individuals and create a truly inclusive environment for all. Asif has been key in implementing D&I activities and programmes as well as connecting with stakeholders at all levels of organisations to build strong and influential relationships with influencers. Asif acts as a role model, providing governance across businesses on D&I and is committed to creating a strong sense of belonging for all.

      Moderator: Andrew Gordon, CEO & Founder - Diversity Abroad

  • 6-8pm Evening Reception
Friday, January 17, 2020
  • 8:30-9:00am - Arrival & Check-in
  • 9:00-9:30am - Welcome & Networking

  • 9:30-10:45am - Contemporary Diversity & Inclusion Considerations: The US Perspective
    Institutions of higher education in the US, overseas, and program providers must be inclusive in their practices and prepared to effectively support students and participants from diverse backgrounds. The goal for this session is to provide a broad overview of diversity in the United States, with focus on specific aspects of identity to be considered when students from diverse backgrounds are abroad. Included will be a discussion of topics like mental health, racism/discrimination, sexual behavior, and the role that culture and identity play in diverse students’ overall experience.

  • Presenters:
      Gretchen Cook-Anderson, Director of Diversity Recruiting & Advising - IES Abroad
      Aaron Bruce, Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer - ArtCenter College of Design
      BJ Titus, Director of Institutional Relations, Diversity and Inclusion at Learning Abroad Center - University of Minnesota

  • 10:45-11:00am - Break

  • 11:00am-12:00pm - Supporting Program Participants in Navigating Identity-Related Host Country Dynamics
    International education & cultural exchange professionals know that support for participants does not end when the participants boards the plane to their international location. On-site support for students is the hallmark of a quality program. Diverse participants may face unique concerns when they are in-country that other participants may not. Ensuring that diverse participants are aware of these concerns and have the support they need on-site is important to facilitating a positive learning experience while abroad.

  • Presenters:
      Andrew Francalanza, Diversity and Social Responsibility Officer - FIE
      Lisa Fleury, Assistant Director - Vassar-Wesleyan Program in Paris
      Susanne Hamscha, Diversity Coordinator - European Fulbright Diversity Initiative

  • 12:00pm-1:15pm - Lunch

  • 1:15pm - 2:30pm - Turning Difficult Dialogues into Learning Opportunities
    This session equips program staff with the frameworks, strategies, and tools for leading safe, authentic and effective dialogues or ‘courageous conversations’ abroad. The goal is for program staff to feel empowered to explore new and sometimes uncomfortable truths about the experiences of underrepresented students abroad. This includes how to address interpersonal intragroup relationships, relationship conflicts between students and/or between students and local residents, changing intragroup cohort dynamics, and student-student microaggressions, such as exoticization of local community members, invalidation of intra-ethnic differences, pathologizing cultural values/communication styles in host cultures, and so on.

    • Moderator: Andrew Gordon, CEO & Founder - Diversity Abroad
      Panelist: Monroe France, Associate Vice President, Global Inclusive Leadership and Strategic Engagement - NYU

  • 2:30pm - 3:00pm - Break

  • 3:00pm - 4:00pm - Personal Narratives: Diversity, Global Learning, and the Participant Experience
    A panel of diverse participants will share their powerful stories and experiences abroad. Come listen to their narratives and connect with other students. Participants will discuss topics such as identity abroad, finding community in-country, tools for engaging locally with diverse communities, navigating peer relationships, and much more.

    • Moderator: Joelle Tolifero, Associate Director of Student Services - Diversity Abroad
      Ade Solanke, Writer and Lecturer; UK Fulbright Alumni Council member; Fulbright Noir member
      Manan Krishnamurthy, Tufts in Oxford - Pembroke College
      Lauren Jones - AIFS London

  • 4:00pm - No Host Happy Hour
Location & Lodging
The institute will take place on the London Metropolitan University's Aldgate Campus located in London, UK. Specific arrival instructions will be sent to registered attendees a week prior to the event. For your convenience, Diversity Abroad has secured a room block available at the Travelodge London City, located within walking distance of the event venue.

Accommodations at Travelodge London City can be booked as part of Diversity Abroad's room block online here by Wednesday, December 18th (noon local time).

The following outlines the pricing to participate in the Global Diversity & Inclusion Institute:

  • Member - $324.00
  • Non-member: $399.00
  • Graduate Student: $199
  • Note: The Graduate Student registration is intended to provide full-time graduate students access to the event. Only full-time graduate students not employed full-time should use this registration.
Cancellation Policy: Requests for cancellations must be received in writing 15 business days prior to the workshop date; all but $50 of the registration fee is refundable if written notification is received by this date. There will be no refunds issued after this date. Please submit any requests for cancellation or registration changes to
Registration closes January 9, 2020; onsite registration is not available