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Diversity Abroad Community Agreement

The Diversity Abroad community is an inclusive space for those who have made a commitment to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in global education. Diversity Abroad does not tolerate discrimination or harassment at any time during its events or online learning opportunities based on race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender expression, or veteran status.

Participants — including all attendees, speakers, vendors, media representatives, exhibitors, sponsors, students, staff, and volunteers — are expected to follow the community agreement at all Diversity Abroad events as outlined below:

Respectful engagement. Promote mutual respect and understanding by acknowledging other perspectives, constructively confronting differences, and actively listening.

Challenge by choice. Learning happens outside of our comfort zones; however, the choice to engage in discussion and offer perspective is solely up to each individual.

Onsite in San Francisco: We ask that attendees be mindful of each other’s comfort level when sharing spaces and letting attendees know about personal protocols such as whether it is okay not to handshake or hug and to always respect others’ personal space.

Strategy and Leadership as Tools for Dismantling Unjust (Inequitable) Systems

Two critical components to building and organizational culture that prioritizes DEI are strategy and leadership. This workshop will focus on how leaders can identify structural inequities in the workplace and advance more inclusive policies and practices to affect institutional and organizational change. Participants will have the opportunity to reflect on their own sphere of influence and walk away with practical tools and strategies to use when they return to the office.

Health and Safety from a DEI Lens

Health, safety, and security in international programming has traditionally centered on risk mitigation and duty of care without consideration for the ways in which individual identity and the context of diversity in the local environment may influence planning and response efforts in this domain. This workshop will examine health, safety, and security from an inclusion and equity lens using case studies, policy review, simulations, and action planning. Participants will leave with a better understanding of how to approach health, safety, and security with inclusion and equity in mind and plan of action for their institutional/organizational context.

Redesigning Hiring Practices and Building Belonging in the Workplace

Over the last three years of the global pandemic, international education and exchange has, like other fields, experienced significant upheaval in the workforce. The field has an opportunity to reorient hiring and retention policies and practices to advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in the workplace, and this workshop will help participants identify promising practices for how to do this. Participants will leave with a better understanding of how to approach hiring and retention from a DEI lens and walk away with practical tools and strategies to use when they return to the office.

Comprehensive Internationalization with DEI at the Center

Comprehensive internationalization can be a compelling strategy to embed global learning and opportunities throughout an institution. However, unless diversity, equity, and inclusion are considered from the outset, internationalization efforts may inadvertently replicate and reinforce oppressive and exclusionary practices in education. Participants will leave with a better understanding of how to approach internationalization from a DEI lens and walk away with practical tools and strategies to use when they return to the office.

Global Inclusion Boot Camp for New International Education Professionals

This workshop is geared toward professionals new to the field of international education and exchange looking to hone their understanding of how diversity, equity, and inclusion intersect with global learning and international exchange