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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 2021 is not to be missed! You should attend Global Inclusion 2021 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 2021 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


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Brandon Bell

Lou Berends

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Dafina Blacksher Diabate
Lincoln University

Eduardo Contreras - University of Portland
Eduardo Contreras 
Committee Chair | University of Portland

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Sara Dart  
Education in Ireland

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Shontay Delalue
Brown University

Pamela Dutta
Pamela Dutta
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Roberta Espinoza
Loyola Marymount University

Zainab Khan 
London Metropolitan University

Montagnese, Dominique - Support Centre Inclusive Higher Education
Dominique Montagnese
SIHO - Support Centre for Inclusive Higher Education

Reitumetse Mabokela - vice provost for international affairs and global strategies, Office of the Provost
Reitumetse Obakeng Mabokela
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Kory Saunders
North Carolina State University

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Christina Thompson
Barcelona SAE

Jeff Whitehead
University of Pittsburgh


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