Building Skills, Empathy and a Vision for the Future: At-risk Youth and Study Abroad (Carol Reyes, Miami Dade College)- 1st Place
Educate Tomorrow Abroad is a groundbreaking initiative focused on reducing barriers to global education for one of the most marginalized groups of college students, homeless and foster students. The initiative will send three homeless students abroad in summer 2017 with plans for annual scholarships for future generations. The program’s holistic model focuses on academic support, professional development, mentorship, relationship building and leadership skills and is the result of a partnership between Miami Dade College’s Office of International Education and Educate Tomorrow, a non-profit focused on helping homeless and foster students.
Diversifying the Disability Perspective: Exploring Inclusive Practices in Japan and the U.S. (Drs. Michael Schwartz & Louis Berends, Syracuse University) – 2nd Place
Syracuse University Abroad is interested in creating a credit-bearing, faculty-led program in Japan for students of color and for students with disabilities, two core populations that are underrepresented in U.S. education abroad. This comparative international education abroad program seeks to examine two nations’ approach to disability law, policy and practice, and an opportunity for U.S. students to meet Japanese people with disabilities.
Global Access Initiative Challenge (Neal McKinney, DePauw University) – 3rd Place
DePauw University proposes to create a scholarship/year-long mentorship program for first-generation students of color, called the Global Access Initiative Challenge (GAIC). The GAIC will offer five DePauw students of color with a $2,000 donor-funded scholarship to subsidize a short-term, faculty-led course through DePauw University – if these students also commit to a full semester abroad. Students will receive structured mentoring opportunities from a faculty member of the student’s choosing, and be paired with a returned alumni peer mentor of color, as well as expected to participate in monthly workshops to prepare them for their study abroad experience.