During these town hall sessions, members of the Diversity in Global Education Task Forces will share remarks about the state of the field as it relates to the task force theme and facilitate a discussion with attendees to identify areas of focus moving forward. Participating task forces include:
How can Education Abroad Offices move beyond the tacit commitment to diversity & inclusion efforts, and develop an inclusive climate that both welcomes students from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds and also effectively supports their successful participation and transformational learning throughout? Learn about Diversity Abroad’s innovative approach to assessing the overall climate of inclusion throughout the education abroad process through the Access, Inclusion, and Diversity (AID) Roadmap.
Interested in learning about how to maximize Diversity Abroad resources to meet your diversity & inclusion goals? This session will provide a short overview of organizational resources & updates, membership, and opportunities to stay engaged with Diversity Abroad.
As participation in education abroad has expanded, the need to understand the nuances of the many types of students who participate has increased. Although education abroad has evolved over time, and the definition of diversity has widened, the research on certain student populations has not kept pace. This session provides an overview of this research, shows the gaps, and suggests pathways to strengthen our understanding of underrepresentation in education abroad in order to enhance access and foster inclusive excellence.
Although we know meaningful engagement with diversity benefits all students, little has been done to create a framework that utilizes universal global learning to achieve inclusive excellence. In this session, Landorf and Doscher explore the collaborative leadership model they use at Florida International University that they detail in their forthcoming book, Making Global Learning Universal: Promoting Inclusion and Success for All Students (Stylus, January 2018). The model’s six components can be customized to meet the unique needs of any institution. Session participants reflect on how the components are or can be realized in multiple demographic and institutional contexts.
Challenging the rhetoric behind traditional versus non-traditional study abroad sites. This session will highlight the impact that advisors have on reinforcing outdated practices or revolutionizing study abroad by incorporating the voices of the changing student demographic. Everyone is invited to join this conversation, especially, university practitioners and program providers!
In this session, participants will gain insight on how to prepare U.S. student activists and advocates to navigate racial/identity-based social justice issues across different cultural contexts in their host country and in the U.S. The session will also address strategies and best practices for managing student expectations and safety around civic participation and protest abroad, and guiding students through re-entry into an ever-evolving U.S. social justice climate.
Innovation grant competitions support institutional capacity to advance the mission of internationalizing U.S. campuses. As seen through Partners of the Americas Grants, cooperative partnerships between the public and private sector allow for new opportunities to support piloting or expanding study abroad programs. This session is designed to provide professionals with best practices and resources to boost education abroad. The Partners of the Americas grantees will share their insights and tips for leveraging funds using seed funding from the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund or the Capacity Building Grant for U.S. Undergraduate Study Abroad grants.
Sharing the responsibility for inclusive excellence requires all international educators to critically examine our identities, privileges, and experiences of oppression. This session guides participants to unpack their diverse identities through participatory exercises that challenge us to see how all our identities impact all aspects of our lives. From these shared experiences we will present examples of how we engage students and educators from all backgrounds (including White, cis-gender, heterosexual, able-bodied, able-minded, and others) in these conversations. Participants will leave with concrete ideas to broaden identity discussions and motivate all students and professionals to foster greater inclusive excellence in education abroad.
Program directors must be equipped with the strategies and tools for engaging students to explore diverse social group identities in-country and help students reflect and adapt to their own changing identities while abroad. In this session, participants will learn how to lead or how to work with program directors so that they can lead safe, authentic and effective dialogues or ‘courageous conversations’ abroad so that all program directors and students can reach their fullest potential.
The renowned Wolfsonian Museum in Miami, Florida will be the backdrop for an intimate conversation with university presidents from minority serving institutions on how their institutional visions are shaped by personal global experiences. Our distinguished guests will also discuss the critical role they play in campus internationalization and the significance of global learning in a local context. The chat will be followed by a reception with opportunities to meet and/or reconnect with colleagues.
The 3rd annual Minority Serving Institution Global Education Summit will kick off with round table discussions, facilitated by leaders in the field as we delve deeply into the innovative ideas and best practices supporting global education efforts at minority serving institutions.
Intended for professionals and graduate students who self-identify as women of color and/or allies for women of color, this lunch includes an intimate opportunity to connect with colleagues, and listen to and be inspired by dynamic speakers as they share their leadership journey, experiences and strategies for success in global education.
This lunch will bring together professionals and graduate students who are interested in learning about how to become an ally or are allies committed to social justice and equality for all. Hear from a panel of social justice community organizers, activists, and representatives about current global events impacting our work in the field of international education, and how they have infused social justice principles and practices into their student programming, campus culture, and work environments at the personal and institutional levels. We all have a role to play in creating a socially-just world – a reality with untapped potential – be a part of the change!
Join us to connect and celebrate with colleagues.
Celebrate our collective achievements as a field as we honor recipients of the Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion in International Education Awards and hear from the first-ever student recipients of the Academic Achievement for Research in Diversity & Inclusion in Global Education Award.
Join a small group of conference attendees for an intimate opportunity to meet or reconnect with colleagues and to engage in dialogue about what’s going on in the field while enjoying dinner at a local venue.
Building on the annual tradition, a panel of diverse students will share their powerful stories and experiences abroad during lunch. Come listen to their narratives and connect with other students.
Join us as we kick off the annual Diversity Abroad Conference with opportunities to meet and/or reconnect with colleagues!
The Diversity Abroad Innovation Competition, sponsored by CAPA, brings together professionals and students with creative and outstanding ideas and programs that advance diversity and inclusive excellence in global education. Both students and professionals are eligible to participate in the Innovation Competition
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Access, Inclusion, Diversity & Equity Roadmap – Health & Safety
Health and safety are critical components of education abroad (pre-departure planning and preparation, during the education abroad experience, and upon re-entry). Considerations for diverse students are essential when developing inclusive health and safety policies and procedures. This pre-conference workshop will provide participants with the tools, knowledge, and insight to create or enhance their education abroad health and safety protocols and practices, with foci on mental health, racism and other forms of discrimination, and sexuality. It will also equip participants with advising strategies and opportunities to engage with colleagues around applying standards of good practices.
If You Build It They Will Come: Strategic Study Abroad Marketing to Diverse Student Populations
The lure of strategic and targeted marketing tactics to recruit students of diverse identities and backgrounds may make sense on the surface level as institutions and/or organizations attempt to create much needed exposure and access to education abroad. However, does targeted outreach pose ethical dilemmas or press proverbial hot buttons? What standards of practice can be employed to navigate the marketing landscape for increased access to diverse student demographics? This pre-conference workshop will engage participants in thought-provoking dialogue, providing them with strategies and practices to inventively harness communication and marketing tools to create high-impact opportunities for diverse students and innovative, principled marketing solutions that appeal to targeted student populations.
Engaging Local Students & Communities in Global Education
The metropolitan hub and surrounding suburbs of Miami, Florida are home to many vibrant immigrant and diasporic communities. Spanish is spoken by more than 20 percent of Florida’s population, with high usage in the Miami-Dade County area. Florida has one of the largest African-American populations in the country, and the second-highest Latino population on the east coast outside of New York state. This pre-conference workshop will engage participants in activities and discussion about best practices for working with immigrant student populations, and students from a wide variety of Diasporic backgrounds. It will also present a case study on the local Cuban and Haitian population and an opportunity to visit cultural and historical landmarks in Miami to engage with local communities, particularly in Little Havana, home to a majority of Cubans and Cuban Americans.
Developing and Aligning Education Abroad Diversity & Inclusion Strategies with Institutional Strategic Plans
Education abroad offices and provider organizations can benefit from formalizing their diversity and inclusion efforts into a cohesive plan to broaden access and engender inclusion in international education. This pre-conference workshop will examine the process for and components of engaging multiple stakeholders in the development of a diversity and inclusion strategy for education abroad, as well as strategies for implementing the plan with key partners at each phase of the process. Participants will be guided through a series of activities that will help them create an institution-specific diversity in international education strategic plan, including identifying key objectives, activities, and stakeholders (on campus and beyond), and developing a tentative timeline for the plan.
Inclusive Leadership: Micro-Practices for Every Professional
As professionals working in the throngs of global and multicultural education, we have an integral role to play in modeling inclusive leadership from the inside out. How do we build a supportive and inclusive culture, not only for the diverse student body that we serve, but among colleagues? What are the hidden biases, assumptions, and stereotypes that unconsciously and consciously drive our behavior at work? This pre-conference workshop is designed for any professional interested in developing an inclusive leadership practice. Examples of tools and skill-building include: the Receive-Ask-Summarize-Appreciate (RASA) model for deep listening, the Redline/Greenline model for managing challenging emotions, and activities around unconscious bias. Participants will gain micro-practices to apply daily that will more likely lead to understanding, respect, and trust in the workplace.
Supporting Program Directors in Courageous Conversations with Students
Embracing Discomfort with Diversity: Unpacking our Identities to Do the Work
Leveraging Funds to Boost Education Abroad – Case Studies from Public-Private Partnership Grantees
This Is What Democracy Looks Like: Activism & Study Abroad
Expanding Advising Vocabulary & Site Selection of Underrepresented Students
A Model for Making Global Learning Universal at Your Institution
Researching Underrepresentation in Education Abroad: Past, Present and Future Possibilities