Community colleges play an integral role in educating post-secondary students and preparing them to thrive in our global and interconnected society. Approximately 34 percent of undergraduates in the United States attend community colleges, and enrolled students increasingly identify as students of color, students who are first in their families to attend college, and students with high financial need. Given the increased understanding of the academic, interpersonal and career benefits gained by participating in global educational programs, it’s essential that students who attend a community college have equitable access to the same benefits their peers attending 4-year colleges and universities do.
Diversity Abroad is proud to launch the inaugural Community College Global Education Forum, being held in New Orleans, Louisiana in conjunction with the 8th Annual Diversity Abroad Conference. The Community College Global Education Forum will bring together faculty, administrators and practitioners from community colleges and their stakeholders to explore how global programs — such as education abroad and other types of international engagement — can be leveraged to support the academic success, interpersonal growth and career readiness of students at community colleges.
The Community College Global Education Forum is a unique space to network, share good practices and chart a path to increase capacity for internationalization and to create equitable access to the benefits of international education at community colleges.
The target audience for the Community College Forum will be community college professionals who primarily work in the following roles/units:
- Education Abroad
- International Student and Scholar Services
- Diversity, Inclusion and Multicultural Affairs
- Student Success
- Education Abroad Program Leaders
- Transfer Students
Additionally professionals from government agencies and other organizations who have a commitment to supporting the success of community college students.