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Justification of Conference Attendance

As professionals committed to ensuring equitable access to the benefits of global experiences for all students, attending the 8th Annual Diversity Abroad Conference is an invaluable opportunity to develop the skills, knowledge, and community needed to make progress. In an effort to assist colleagues in securing funding to attend the annual conference, Diversity Abroad has prepared the following resources:

About the Conference

Quantifying the Benefits

Planning Tips (Check back Fall 2019)

Sample Letter for Your Supervisor (Check back Fall 2019)


As the largest and most comprehensive national forum on access, diversity, equity, and inclusion in global education, the 7th Annual Diversity Abroad Conference is the premier space to access the professional learning, leadership development, and capacity-building needed to effect lasting change. In 2019, more than 700 students & professionals will convene to attend 50+ sessions (over 150 hours) including keynote plenaries, innovation competition, in-depth workshops, and guided action-planning breakouts. Throughout the conference, attendees will explore emerging research trends, share best-practices, and join a network of equity-minded colleagues committed to advancing our shared goals.


  • Focus specifically on bringing back key take-aways for your department/organization
  • Offer to deliver a short presentation or Q&A for your colleagues to share learning and multiply the benefits of attendance
  • Identify specific session content. What sessions have particular relevance to your organization’s work?
  • Be strategic about networking and vendor contacts. Will there be speakers, presenters, or potential partners in attendance who can help advance your institution’s/organization’s goals?
  • Participate in the action-planning activities to ensure that ideas from the conference are implemented once you return