A Proposed Visual of the Student Process of Engaging in Education Abroad Programming

Several months ago, I was preparing to present on the topic of supporting students from underrepresented backgrounds in education abroad/study abroad. In an attempt to demonstrate when international educators generally engage in conversations about student identity in the education abroad process, I found myself searching for a visual aid that showed the process by whichContinue reading “A Proposed Visual of the Student Process of Engaging in Education Abroad Programming”

Unconscious Bias in Education Abroad?

There’s a buzz in private industry about how unconscious bias is preventing more diverse and traditionally underrepresented professionals from accessing top level leadership positions within corporations. The case for having a diverse team of employees has been well documented (see Resources below), but it appears that when it comes to recruiting, hiring, and promoting weContinue reading “Unconscious Bias in Education Abroad?”

New Data on Study Abroad Programming Tells Us This is Not a Time for Complacency

Every year, international educators around the U.S. wait with a sense of excitement for the annual “Open Doors Report” published by the Institute for International Education.  Each year, there is something interesting in those numbers that captures our interest and compels those in the field to reflect on the successes and challenges of the previousContinue reading “New Data on Study Abroad Programming Tells Us This is Not a Time for Complacency”

Does Diversity Have a Place in the Health and Safety Conversation?

Does Diversity Have a Place in the Health and Safety Conversation? At initial glance, it may seem that student’s health and safety considerations may have very little to do with their personal identity. All students, after all, should be prepared for the physical, emotional, and mental strain related to acclimating to a new environment. AllContinue reading “Does Diversity Have a Place in the Health and Safety Conversation?”

Opening Access to Education Abroad

Opening the Doors Wider: Funding Education Abroad for Nontraditional Students was published in the International Education last week, and I’m excited about the topics covered in the article (not to mention I helped inform some of the discussion). While funding isn’t the only factor in a student’s decision to go abroad, it’s a huge one.Continue reading “Opening Access to Education Abroad”

Study Abroad and Sexual Assault: What’s the Connection?

When I studied abroad I was impressed by how many of the students on my program felt comfortable engaging in activities that back home would have been considered “risky” or “inappropriate”. Don’t get me wrong, drinking heavily is definitely something nearly every college student has experience with, but I’m sure most of my friends wouldn’tContinue reading “Study Abroad and Sexual Assault: What’s the Connection?”

Conferences in International Education

As a professional interested in gaining as much information about what is going on in international education, I began exploring venues where I might be able to connect with other international education professionals and get a sense for what’s going on in the field. I’ve pulled together a non-comprehesive list of a few conference thatContinue reading “Conferences in International Education”

Language Matters

Over the last several years, the discourse about the availability of language proficient professionals in the U.S. workforce has expanded beyond the international education community. Congressional members, heads of multinational corporations, and foreign policy experts have joined the dialogue giving a sense of urgency to a matter that has traditionally been viewed as an educationContinue reading “Language Matters”