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2018 Innovation Competition

The Diversity Abroad Innovation Competition, sponsored by CAPA, brings together professionals and students with creative and outstanding ideas and programs that advance diversity and inclusive excellence in global education. Both students and professionals are eligible to participate in the Innovation Competition. To learn about the 2017 recipients of the Innovation Competition, click here.

2018 Competitors

Muslims Abroad

  • Ifrah Akhtar, Undergraduate Student - Rutgers University

Conversation Simulation Gaming to Support Diverse Students in Study Abroad

  • Julia Sylla, NSLI-Y - American Council of International Education
  • Anna Stewart, Senior Program Officer - American Council of International Education

Retention and Leadership Through Diversity Innovation

  • Virginia Hosono, Director Study Abroad and International Travel - University of Louisville
  • Kimber Guinn, Study Abroad Advisor - University of Louisville
  • Dom McShan, Program Director, Cultural Center - University of Louisville

It’s a Whole New Ballgame Now

  • Tara Michael, Director of Program Development - Global Players Study Abroad for Student-Athletes

Journey to Food Justice & Community

  • Michele Stumpe, Founder - Children of Conservation

The Amandla Project

  • Alex Stone, Executive Director & Founder - The Amandla Project

How Identities Travel: Words of Wisdom from People Like You

  • Becky Githinji, Undergraduate Student - Macalester College
  • Dylan Jekels, Undergraduate Student - Macalester College
  • Myhana Kerr, Undergraduate Student - Macalester College
  • Aarohi Narain, Undergraduate Student - Macalester College

Find your EDGEs with Engineering, Diversity, Global Experiences and Service!

  • Tojan Rahhal, Director of Diversity and Outreach Initiatives, Adunct Assistant Professor Biomedical Engineering - University of Missouri-Columbia
  • Miguel E. Ayllon, Interim Director of Study Abroad and Interim Assistant Director, International Center - University of Missouri-Columbia


Projects addressing access barriers for diverse and underrepresented student populations

Projects addressing equitable and inclusive support for diverse and underrepresented student populations in education abroad

Inclusive support and programming for incoming international students


The Innovation Competition is open to all individuals engaged in activities related to relevant areas of focus. Proposals submitted by a group of applicants are also encouraged. This competition is available to those representing various types of institutions and organizations, including but not limited to: higher education, K-12, private institutions, public institutions, Minority Serving Institutions, Third Party Providers, etc. Professionals as well as graduate & undergraduate students are encouraged to apply.


Completed applications will be reviewed on the following criteria:

  • Innovative and/or creative qualities of the proposed project
  • Potential direct impact of the proposed project on the field of global education
  • Applicant’s demonstrated interest in and/or expertise on the proposed topic


Proposal submission process open until December 15, 2017 11:59pm PST

Notifications sent during the week of January 8, 2018

Selected presenters register by February 2, 2018

Selected presenters pitch their project April 8, 2018


Selected presenters will compete during the opening plenary of the 6th annual Diversity Abroad Conference on Sunday, April 8, 2018 in Miami, Florida. Presenters will be judged by a panel of experts in international education for awards of:

$2500 (1st place)
$1500 (2nd place)
$1000 (3rd place)

As such, selected presenters are required to register each member of the presentation team by February 2, 2018 (early-bird deadline; no exceptions). Applying for the Innovation Competition represents a commitment to attend the 6th Annual Diversity Abroad Conference. The opportunity to apply is available only to those who plan to attend the conference for educational and networking purposes, and not to those who wish to attend exclusively for the opportunity to present in the Innovation Competition.