Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion International Education (EDIIE) Awards
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Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion in International Education (EDIIE) Awards

Each year, Diversity Abroad celebrates institutions, organizations, professionals, and students who have developed inclusive practices that foster diversity and inclusion in international education and cultural exchange. Awardees are announced during the Awards Gala at the Annual Diversity Abroad Conference. Application Deadline: November 18, 2019.


The Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion in International Education (EDIIE) Awards for organizations and institutions highlight outstanding achievements of institutions and organizations that have developed practices and policies that foster diversity and inclusion in global education and exchange and/or promote an inclusive environment for international students on campus.

The awards recognize innovation and excellence in the following categories:

Outreach, Marketing, and Recruitment
Outreach, marketing, and recruitment are three areas by which professionals manage the message about what global opportunities can offer students. This award recognizes excellence, at the institutional/organizational level, in messaging and methods that resonate with and have led to proven results in attracting students from diverse & underrepresented backgrounds to global opportunities.
Student Engagement & Support
Ensuring that students from diverse & underrepresented backgrounds have relevant information during pre-departure, are effectively supported while abroad, and are provided with opportunities to reflect on their experiences when they return is critical to the success of global programming efforts. This award recognizes excellence, at the institutional/organizational level, in the implementation of inclusive practices for engagement & support of diverse and underrepresented students.

Examples may include inclusive curricular and co-curricular activities that appeal to students from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds in global opportunities, innovative systems to make global opportunities financially feasible for more students, among others.
International Student Success
With the U.S. hosting over 1 million international students, how are universities and colleges supporting their academic success as well as personal and professional growth? This award recognizes excellence, at the institutional/organizational level, in fostering an inclusive climate that supports international students as integral members of the campus community and encourages meaningful interactions among all students.
Organizational/Institutional Champion
The Champion Award recognizes an institution/organization that exemplifies the vision and ideals of Diversity Abroad to support diversity & inclusive excellence in global education. The institution/organization who receives this award will be recognized as a leader within the field of international education and cultural exchange in championing Access, Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity in global education on a broad scale.


Selected by a review committee representing a diversity of professional perspectives, the Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion in International Education Awards are unique in their focus on recognizing exemplary practices at the institutional/organizational level that increase access and foster diversity and inclusion in international education and exchange. The institutional/organizational awards are open to educational institutions (e.g., institutions of higher education, post-secondary institutions) and international education organizations (e.g., associations, education abroad providers, fellowship programs, foundations, etc) both in the U.S. and abroad. In either case, excellence in diversity & inclusion should permeate a significant portion of the organization or institution.

Recipients of the EDIIE Award are encouraged to have at least one institutional/organizational representative registered for the Annual Diversity Abroad Conference by the end of the Early Bird Registration period.

Nomination Process
All the nominations include:
  • A completed online nomination form.
  • A brief description (approx. 600 words) of the institution or organization's collective efforts to develop practices that either foster diversity and inclusion in international education and exchange or promote an inclusive environment for international students on campus. Applicants should include outcomes, statistics, testimonials, and other data that exemplify how their efforts have improved access and opportunities for these student populations.
  • A letter of support from the institution's Chief Academic Officer, Provost, President or Chancellor.
NOTE: Nominees for institutional/organizational awards must be a Diversity Abroad Member. 




The Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion in International Education (EDIIE) Awards also recognize the outstanding advancements and achievements of individual administrators, faculty or staff in the U.S. and abroad who have made significant contributions to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in the field of international education and exchange.
Rising Star Award (2-10 years)
This award is open to professionals in the U.S. and abroad who are at the beginning stages of their career and who have made significant contributions to advancing diversity and inclusion in the field of international education and exchange.
Trailblazer Award (10+ years)
This award is open to administrators, faculty or staff in the U.S. and abroad who have made significant contributions to advancing diversity and inclusion in the field of international education and exchange.
Executive Leader Award
A new category for the 2020 Awards is the Executive Leader Award. This award recognizes the leadership of an individual who has made it an institutional priority to elevate diversity, equity and inclusion in international education across campus.

A successful nominee will have made significant contributions, through strategic planning, fundraising, setting institutional goals and otherwise, that have supported all students having equitable access to global educational opportunities as well as the expansion of the institution’s international initiatives.

Note: Nominees for this award category must presently hold a position as President, Chancellor (or equivalent) of a higher education institution in the U.S. and abroad.


Applicants may be nominated by a colleague or may self-nominate.

Recipients of the EDIIE Awards are encouraged to register at least one institutional/organizational representative for the Annual Diversity Abroad Conference by the end of the Early Bird deadline.

Nomination Process
All the nominations include:
  • A completed online nomination form.
  • A brief description (approx. 600 words) of the individual's efforts to develop inclusive practices that either fosters diversity and inclusion in international education and exchange or promotes an inclusive environment for international students on campus; and,
  • A resume highlighting the applicant's qualifications.
NOTE: Nominees for the individual awards must be a representative from a Diversity Abroad Member Institution.




The Global Student Leadership Awards highlights the passion and commitment of students at the undergraduate and graduate level. Awardees are particularly known on their campuses for embodying the mission and vision of Diversity Abroad by advocating for global education in their communities; engaging in research contributing to our understanding of diversity & inclusion in global education; and/or innovative social impact programming.
Global Student Leadership Award - Graduate
The student award is open to one graduate student in the U.S. who has global education experience. Awardees have made significant contributions to increasing awareness of and access to global opportunities for diverse students at their home institution through academic, research, community and/or campus engagement activities.

Graduate nominees are encouraged to register for the 8th Annual Diversity Abroad Conference.
Global Student Leadership Award - Undergraduate
The student award is open to one undergraduate student in the U.S. who has global education experience. Awardees have made significant contributions to increasing awareness of and access to global opportunities for diverse students at their home institution through academic, research, community and/or campus engagement activities.

Undergraduate nominees should be nominated for the Global Student Leadership Summit (GSLS) at the time the application is due.


Applicants may be nominated by a supervisor, other campus-based contact, or provider program representative.

Nomination Process All the nominations include:
  • A completed online nomination form.
  • A brief description (approx. 600 words) of the students’ leadership in fostering diversity and inclusion in global education and exchange, promoting an inclusive environment on campus, advocating for global education in their communities, or engaging in research contributing to the base of knowledge of how people live and learn together, globally.
NOTE: Nominees for the individual awards must be a representative from a Diversity Abroad Member Institution.

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