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

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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 AIDE Roadmap 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 AIDE Roadmap 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 Leaderships;
    • Communication and Partnerships;


    • Organizational Operations;
    • Professional Development
    • Communication and Partnerships

    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
    • LGBTQI+
    • Religious Diversity
    • Students with Disabilities

  • AIDE Roadmap Assessment

    Member-Access Program

    Diversity Abroad member institutions/organizations have complimentary access to two guideline models each membership year. In order to be eligible for the Seal of Inclusive Excellence, the organization/institution must enroll in the Inclusive Excellence Program.

    Inclusive Excellence Program

    Diversity Abroad’s Inclusive Excellence Program is a comprehensive and collaborative program which guides education abroad offices and organizations through the AIDE Roadmap, recognizes their success, and promotes continued growth, operational effectiveness, and progress toward inclusive excellence.

    The Inclusive Excellence Program is a three year program. During the three year period participants have access to a variety of resources to support their progress toward inclusive excellence. Participating institutions/organizations are eligible to renew participation after each three year period. The Inclusive Excellence Program is only available to Diversity Abroad members.

    Why Participate

    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. 

    • Create a baseline to measure improvement
    • Embed diversity & inclusive good practices systemically
    • Leverage partnerships to support student success
    • Strategy-driven vs isolated initiative
    • Increased and representative participation in education abroad
    • Academic, interpersonal, & post-graduate success of students


    Benefits to Participate

     Benefits Membership Access  IE Access

     Access to the AIDE Roadmap online assessment tool


     Access to 2 assessment modules per year with guideline-specific report Full report with composite score & performance summary for 9 areas of assessment 

    Comprehensive report with feedback and suggested resources


    Benchmarking of score as compared to other similar institutions/organizations 


    Eligibility for Diversity Abroad Seal of Inclusive Excellence for Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze scores


    Access to Comprehensive AIDE Roadmap Workbook


    Two Hours of Consultancy with Diversity Abroad Annually


    Participant Only Online Learning Opportunities


    Annual Benchmarking and Program Insights Report 


    Who Should Participate?

    The AIDE Roadmap assessment tool was developed for Education Abroad Offices & International Education Provider Organizations.

    Apply to Participate

    The 2nd edition of the AIDE Roadmap will be available by July 1, 2019. Diversity Abroad Member Institutions will be invited to complete 2 guideline assessments per membership cycle. The tool is hosted on an online format where members will be able to input responses to specific questions and indicators. Upon successful completion of the AIDE Roadmap, institutions/organizations receive a comprehensive report that includes strengths and areas for improvement. Institutions/organizations will also see how their scores align with others who have participated in the AIDE Roadmap, providing a general idea of how they compare to similar institutions/organizations.

  • Informational Webinar

    Join us for an informational webinar on June, 13, 2019 at 2-3pm Eastern time. Register here!

  • Acknowledgements

    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
    • Case Western Reserve University
    • DePauw University
    • Elon University
    • New York University
    • Texas A&M University
    • University of Dayton
    • University of Maryland, College Park
    • Wake Forest University

  • FAQ

    How much time should be allocated for completing the AIDE Roadmap 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.

The first cohort is scheduled to begin August 5, 2019.
Contact Diversity Abroad ( to learn about the Diversity & Inclusion Certification.