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.