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About the Diversity Abroad Conference

The Diversity Abroad Annual Conference — along with the Global Student Leadership Summit & the Strategic Leadership Forum — constitutes the most comprehensive national forum on issues of access, diversity, equity, and inclusion in global education.


Whether you're interested in exploring the value of diversity in global education, looking for new and creative ways to support diverse students throughout the education abroad process, or seeking ways to collaborate with other professionals in the field, this conference is not to be missed. You should attend the Diversity Abroad Conference if you are interested in:

  • Gaining a better understanding of developments in the area of diversity and inclusion in global education.
  • Being in a dedicated space to work with colleagues from around the nation to generate meaningful responses to the challenges colleges and universities face in reaching and supporting diverse and underrepresented populations for international programs.
  • Using your time at the conference to identify opportunities to engage and collaborate with colleagues from yours and other institutions.


The professionals who attend the Diversity Abroad Conference range from Senior International or Chief Diversity Officers to human resources and career services professionals. Attendees come to the Diversity Abroad Conference from the following types of offices/organizations:

  • US and non-US Education Abroad & International Education (Senior International Officers, Directors, & Advisors)
  • Career Services
  • Diversity/Multicultural (Chief Diversity Officers, Directors, & Advisors)
  • Deans, Faculty & Academic Department Chairs
  • Student Academic Support (TRiO)
  • High School Counselors
  • International Students and Scholarship Services ( Directors & Advisors)
  • Public/Private Sector Human Resources & Recruitment Professionals
  • Representatives from Education Abroad Organizations
  • Graduate Students
  • Government Representatives from Ministries of Education & Foreign Affairs

Funding Particiption

You know why you want to attend the Diversity Abroad Conference, but you may need management’s approval to register. There are several strategies you can use that you can use to communicate effectively the value of your participation in conference activities. We have included a few below to get you started.

  • Develop a list of things you expect to gain through the conference, and build your case by highlighting (1) how the issues covered at the conference affect your institution/organization & (2) how you and your institution/organization benefit from meeting others in the field working on these issues.
  • Send a formal memo/your standard request form to your manager requesting permission to attend and outline your reasons for attending.
  • Schedule a follow-up meeting with your boss to discuss the request.


Brandon Bell - Elon University
Brandon Bell
Elon University

Eduardo Contreras
Conference Chair | University of Portland

Alea Cot - University of New Orleans
Alea Cot
University of New Orleans

Shontay Delalue - Brown University
Shontay Delalue
Brown University

Dafina Blacksher Diabate - Lincoln University
Dafina Diabate
Lincoln University

Helena Gillespie - University of East Anglia
Helena Gillespie
University of East Anglia

Rikke Kolbech - DIS Abroad
Rikke Kolbech
DIS Abroad

Charles Lu - University of California - San Diego
Charles Lu
University of California - San Diego

Monica Malhotra - MIUSA
Monica Malhotra
Mobility International USA (MIUSA)

Rachel Massey - Coastal Carolina University
Rachel Massey
Istituto Lorenzo de’ Medici

Alyssa Nota - USAC
Alyssa Nota

Christina Thompson - Barcelona SAE
Christina Thompson
Barcelona SAE


Please contact us with any conference-related questions or comments at conference@diversityabroad.org or 510-982-0635 ext. 707.