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About the Diversity Abroad Conference

The Diversity Abroad Annual Conference — along with the Global Student Leadership Summit & the MSI Global Education Summit — 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.

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 Diversity Abroad Annual 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.


ABDULLAH_Shakeer- Practical Diversity Associates
Shakeer Abdullah
Clayton State University

Alba_Veelie- CIS Abroad
Veelie Alba
CIS Abroad

Clark, Duwon - Fisk University
Duwon Clark
Fisk University

Eduardo Contreras
Conference Chair | University of Portland

Dietrich_Erich - NYU
Erich Dietrich
New York University

Latchiah, Nicola- University of Cape Town
Nicola Latchiah
University of Cape Town

Li_Sharon - USF
Sharon Li
University of San Francisco

Martinez Santiago, Jorge - Fordham/COE
Jorge Martinez-Santiago
Fordham University

Meyer-Lee, Elaine - Agnes Scott College
Elaine Meyer-Lee
Agnes Scott College

Shabazz, Khalilah - IUPUI
Khalilah A. Shabazz
Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis

Kerry Stamp, Assistant Director for Study Abroad at the Office of International Programs, photographed, Tuesday, December 9, 2014.
Kerry Stamp
Vassar College


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