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2021 Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion in International Education Awards

Congratulations to the 2021 EDIIE Recipients

Each year, Diversity Abroad celebrates outstanding institutions, organizations, individuals, and students who exemplify the vision and ideals of Diversity Abroad to support diversity & inclusive excellence in global education. Awardees were announced during the Awards Gala & Dinner at Global Inclusion 2021.

Diversity Abroad is pleased to announce the winners for the 2021 Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion in International Education (EDIIE) Institutional/Organizational Awards, Individual Awards, and Global Student Leadership Awards. The finalists have demonstrated a commitment to advancing diversity and inclusive excellence within international education.


Organizational/Institutional Champion

Miami University

“Miami University is honored to be the recipient of the 2021 Diversity Abroad EDIIE Award. This recognition by Diversity Abroad serves to confirm our commitment to the power of global education and access to its benefits for Miami students, faculty, staff, and those whose lives we touch in our work as we navigate internationalization embedded in inclusive excellence.” Cheryl D. Young, Associate Vice President, Global Initiatives.

Outreach, Marketing & Recruitment

Texas A&M Education Board


“Our team has worked incredibly hard toward our goal of increasing awareness of — and access to — Education Abroad programs and services. Receiving this award affirms the tremendous work we have put into this effort and has already inspired us to generate new ideas. There is now a strong desire for Education Abroad at Texas A&M University to collaborate with and learn from our partners to lead our field in designing innovative, affordable, and inclusive programming,” said Dr. Holly Hudson, Executive Director for Education Abroad.

Student Engagement & Support

Baylor University

Baylor University EDIIE

“Our service to diversity and intercultural learning continues to be the core of our mission and we are humbled and privileged to be recognized for this award. The students we work with continue to inspire our efforts and we are proud to be part of their journey,” Robert Leis, Assistant Director of Global Baylor.


Executive Leadership Award

Dr. David Kwabena Wilson, Morgan State University

Dr Wilson Morgan State

“Growing the Future, Leading the World” is more than a motto for our institution. We work diligently to prepare our students to make vital contributions to the world as global citizens, compete in the global economy and be global leaders in their fields. On behalf of the institution, I express sincere appreciation for being recognized by Diversity Abroad. This recognition validates our success in pursuing these goals by our support of study abroad students, our promotion of the program’s opportunities on campus and in many other ways. The success we have achieved so far is motivation for us to continue to broaden the horizons of our students even further.

Rising Star (2-10 Years of Experience)

Hernando Sevilla-Garcia, IES Abroad

Hernando Sevilla-Garcia EDIIE Winner

“We are so proud that Hernando was chosen for this year’s EDIIE Rising Star Award. That said, we certainly aren’t surprised! Hernando works tirelessly to promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice through his role as Senior Diversity Relations Manager at IES Abroad and his own professional and personal endeavors, all fueled by his passion and support for fostering opportunity, most evident through his work and partnerships with Hispanic-Serving Institutions.” – Shaina Moran, Director of Brand Marketing, IES Abroad


Graduate Student Leadership Award

Yi Xuen Tay, University of Nebraska Lincoln

“Tay is a passionate advocate for global education in all spaces and has been an inspiration for everyone on the Cultivate ACCESS team. Tay’s dedication to DEI work and inclusive programming have enhanced our team’s ability to engage diverse students, faculty, and staff both domestically and abroad,” said Dr. Jenny Keshwani, Associate Professor and Science Literacy Specialist, Biological Systems Engineering, University of Nebraska.

UnderGraduate Student Leadership Award

Alessandra Cipriani-Detres, University of Utah

“My journey of making higher education more equitable is just beginning, and this award motivates me to continue to transform my knowledge and experiences into action in order to better support underrepresented students. I would like to thank Kathryn Witzke and all of my former colleagues at the University of Utah’s Learning Abroad Office for recognizing my long-term goals in higher education and continuously pushing me to achieve them!” -Alessandra Cipriani-Detres