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About Global Inclusion

Since 2013 Diversity Abroad’s annual conference has constituted the most comprehensive forum to share innovations, build community, and collaborate to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in global education and cultural exchange.


Global Inclusion is the only conference solely dedicated to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in the field of global education and cultural exchange.  

Global education can be a high impact practice that contributes to academic success,  interpersonal growth and career readiness. As such, all students and young people deserve equitable access to the benefits that global education and cultural exchange can afford.

With an increasingly diverse student population enrolled in education systems, it is imperative that educators and administrators continue to strengthen their skills, knowledge and competencies in diversity, equity, and inclusion to ensure that global education is not only accessible, but designed to support all students.

Moreover, the field of global education and cultural exchange, like any sector, must be intentional in building a diverse pipeline of professionals and fostering a climate of inclusion and belonging in offices, organizations, and higher education institutions. We must strive to ensure our profession, and those in it, reflect the rich diversity of the communities in which we live and the students whom we support.

Each year the Diversity Abroad community gathers for Global Inclusion to tackle the challenges and opportunities diversity, equity and inclusion presents to the field of global education and cultural exchange.


Whether you're interested in best practices on advising international students through an inclusive lens, seek to attract and retain diverse talent in office, examine the role of faculty in advancing global engagement or exploring how to support racial equity and student success through education abroad, Global Inclusion 2023 is not to be missed! You should attend Global Inclusion 2023 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 present at and attend Global Inclusion come from around the world and range from Senior International and Chief Diversity Officers to human resources and career services professionals. Most often, attendees come from the following types of offices/organizations:

  • Senior Level International Officers
  • Senior Level Diversity & Inclusion Professionals
  • International Students and Scholars Services (Directors & Advisors)
  • Education Abroad (Directors and Advisors)
  • Representatives from International Education Organizations
  • Career Services
  • Diversity/Multicultural (Directors, & Advisors)
  • Deans, Faculty & Academic Department Chairs
  • Student Academic & Student Support (TRiO, Student Affairs)
  • Representatives of Government Agencies, Ministries of Education & Foreign Affairs
  • K-12 Administrators, High School Counselors and College Admission Directors
  • Public/Private Sector Human Resources & Recruitment Professionals
  • Graduate Students

Collegial Connections Program

The Collegial Connections program is a short-term opportunity designed to facilitate engagement between experienced professionals with 6+ years of professional experience and graduate students/new professionals during the Global Inclusion Conference. Diversity Abroad will provide suggestions for connecting prior to the annual event as well as onsite. Attendees will have an opportunity to sign up through the registration system through the end of Early Bird Registration period.


Eduardo Contreras
Committee Chair | University of Portland

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Noelle Baldwin
Director of Diversity Relations & Advising, IES Abroad

Hanni Geist
Hanni Geist
Head of Information Point San Francisco, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

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Ann Tierney
Vice-Provost & Dean of Student Affairs, Queen's University

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Maggie Mahoney
Director of Global Engagement, University of Houston

Brian C. Henry
Brian Henry
Program Manager, International Programs, University of Denver

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Jakia Marie
Assistant Professor, Integrative and African American Studies, Grand Valley State Unversity

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Mayumi Nakamura
Director of International Education, Randolph Macon College

United States Vice President Kamala Harris attends a luncheon hosted by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken honoring President Emmanuel Macron and Brigitte Macron of France at the Department of State in Washington, DC on Thursday, December 1, 2022
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Haili Lewis
Senior Program Associate, Stevens Initiative, The Aspen Institute

Janelle Pangilinan
Janelle Pangilinan
Global Engagement Project Manager, University of Michigan

Alsace Lorraine Gallop
Alsace-Lorraine Gallop, MHA
National Scholarships and Fellowships Coordinator, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University


Please contact us with any conference-related questions or comments at [email protected] or 510-982-0635 ext. 707.