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Diversity in Global Education Task Forces

The Diversity in Global Education Task Forces (Diversity Task Forces) bring together global education and diversity professionals to provide critical guidance and support to Diversity Abroad initiatives, and contribute to the development of new and valuable resources for the field of global education. Each Diversity Task Force is made up of 6-14 members including a chair (invited by Diversity Abroad) and a Diversity Abroad Staff Liaison.

Task Force Thematic Areas

The following 7 Diversity Task Forces have been established for 2020-2021 to focus on these thematic areas:

Education Abroad - Fundamentals of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

This task force will focus on developing foundational resources related to underrepresentation and diversity in education abroad.

Topics may include: trends of participation across identities, survey data/research, definitions of identity characteristics, etc.

Education Abroad - Marketing, Outreach, & Recruitment

This task force will focus on marketing strategies for promoting education abroad programs to diverse and underrepresented students.

Topics may include: understanding generational differences in promotion strategies, identity specific marketing strategies, etc.

Education Abroad - Student Support & Advising

This task force will focus on developing resources and tools designed to support students across their identities throughout the education abroad continuum.

Topics may include: inclusive advising & student support strategies, health & safety, and identity considerations in pre-departure, in-country, and upon return.

International & Exchange Student Services - Fundamentals of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

This task force will focus on developing foundational resources pertaining to belonging and student success for international & exchange students.

Topics may include: research, trends of participation across identities, student experiences, etc.

International & Exchange Student Services - Student Support & Advising

This task force will focus on developing resources & tools for professionals working with inbound international & exchange students to facilitate meaningful global learning across the full range of diverse perspectives represented on our globally diverse US campuses.

Topics may include: how to navigate diversity-related dynamics within the US educational landscape, cultivating belonging on globally-diverse campuses, etc.

Faculty Development

This task force will be composed of faculty and relevant staff members who will develop resources and tools related to International StudentExchange & Education Abroad. The resources will be developed specifically for faculty members.

Topics may include: inclusive curriculum and programming, local/global community engagement strategies, faculty collaboration.

Career Advancement & Belonging

This task force will be composed of individuals with various roles in global education and related sectors to develop resources/tools that promote career advancement and belonging of individual professionals.

Topics may include: career advancement for underrepresented professionals, negotiation strategies, networking for success etc.

In approaching the deliverables within these thematic areas, task forces are encouraged to consider identity characteristics and intersectionality in the following areas:

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


Diversity Abroad firmly believes in the power of global education and that access to the benefits such experiences afford is a question of educational equity. Towards this end, Diversity Abroad aims to develop tools and resources that advance diversity & inclusive policies & practices in the following areas:

Career Advancement & Belonging for Global Educators

To most effectively serve an increasingly diverse student body, it’s essential that global educators from diverse backgrounds are represented, equipped to advance their careers and experience a sense of belonging in their workplaces.

Education Abroad

Ensuring students are equipped to succeed in education abroad programs requires staff, faculty, and administrators to promote inclusive practices across the continuum of the education abroad process. This includes exploring global programs, preparing to go abroad, living Abroad, coming home, and getting career-ready.

International Student Services & Cultural Exchange

Fostering a climate of inclusion and belonging for international students supports their success on globally diverse campuses and is a critical component to advancing comprehensive campus internationalization.

Global Learning at Home

Developing critical global competencies does not solely depend on student mobility. Digital learning tools & meaningful global educational experiences at home - both on campus and within the local community - can be leveraged to equip young people with the skills, knowledge and global acumen to thrive in an interconnected 21st century workforce.

To this effect, Task Forces will carry out several of the following tentative projects throughout the year based on the theme of each committee (final project plans will be available after July kick-off).

  • Develop & facilitate an online Community Discussion
  • Regularly monitor & contribute to Diversity Abroad’s Online Community Forums
  • Articles and possibly proposal for The Global Impact Exchange if theme applies
  • Recommendations for: Community Discussion topics, experts in the field, thematic areas of focus for The Global Impact Exchange
  • Develop and contribute content to the Insights from the Field elearning resource
  • Recommend promising practices for the Diversity Abroad Good Practices Series
  • Other projects to advance advocacy for task force themes on the national level

Please note that Task Force members are not required to attend the Annual Diversity Abroad Conference, though we highly encourage your participation! 2020 - 2021 Task Force members can receive discounted registration for the 2020 Fall Conference if they choose to serve as volunteers.

Meetings & All-Group Communications
In general, task forces can expect to meet (either as a group, via email communication, or in sub-groups) on a monthly basis. Task Force Chairs will be asked to provide a Fall and Spring update to Diversity Abroad per the schedule below. These updates will be incorporated into semesterly all-task force communications by email and/or forum.
  • 1st meeting: July/August 2020
  • Fall update: November 16, 2020
  • Spring update: April 7, 2021
  • Year-end Report for incoming TF: June 1-15, 2021
  • Final meeting: May/June 2021

Diversity Abroad will identify a Chair for each task force on a yearly basis. Chairs will provide leadership on content development, identifying emerging themes, and maintaining deadlines. Each task force will also include a Diversity Abroad Staff Liaison to assist in clarifying project plans and to provide logistical assistance as needed. Potential Chairs will be asked to consider other “competing” obligations that may impact their ability to lead the task force before accepting the Chair invitation.

Application Process

Task force members will be selected through the application process outlined below. Invitations will be extended for a year-long commitment (July 1 - June 30), with an invitation to return for a 2nd year on the same task force as applicable. Please note, you do not have to be a Diversity Abroad member to apply for a task force but must be a member if offered a position to serve.

Key Dates

  • Task Force applications open: May 1 - June 1, 2020
  • Application notifications: By June 29, 2020
  • Kick-off Webinar: July 7th, 2020 at 12pm Pacific/3pm Eastern

Application Instructions
To apply for openings on the 2020-2021 task forces, please submit your application materials by June 1, 2020 via the online form below. For reference, a pdf version of the application is available to download here.