About Diversity Abroad

For nearly two decades Diversity Abroad has led the field of international education toward inclusive excellence. As the first organization solely dedicated to advancing diversity and inclusion practices and policies in international education, our work aligns and advances higher education's inclusive excellence and comprehensive internationalization goals.

Who We Are

With 300+ committed members around the world, Diversity Abroad is the leading membership consortium that inspires and supports educators, policy makers, and other stakeholders in advancing inclusive excellence in the international education and exchange field.

Diversity Abroad firmly believes in the power of global learning. The consortium's mandate is twofold. First, to ensure that all students—domestic and international—have equitable access to the benefits of global education and are able to leverage such educational opportunities to succeed in globally diverse academic settings, workplaces, and in the communities where they live. Second, to advance inclusive practices and policies that support diversifying the field and promote a climate belonging in the workplace.

Collectively with our committed members we strive to ensure the international education sector serves and has a positive impact on all communities.

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Trademark - Diversity Abroad

Diversity Abroad® is a registered trademark.

While we acknowledge that the term “diversity abroad” may be used in global education, the use of “Diversity Abroad” is prohibited in titles of scholarships, programming, communication campaigns, etc. without explicit permission from our organization. If you have questions about our trademark, please contact [email protected].

Our Mission

Diversity Abroad’s mission is to create equitable access to the benefits of global education by empowering educators, engaging stakeholders, and connecting diverse students to resources and opportunity.

Our Vision

That the next generation of young people from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds are equipped with the skills, knowledge and global acumen to thrive in the 21st century interconnected world and global workforce.

Our Purpose

To ensure all students to have equitable access to and maximize the interpersonal, academic, and career benefits afforded through global education.  

Our Values

Authenticity - Diversity, equity, and inclusion are hard work. We each have a personal connection to the work, communicate openly and honestly with one another, and foster an environment where our members can share best practices and learn from peers.

Community - We support and are a part of the Diversity Abroad community, an inclusive space for educators, students, and other stakeholders who have made a commitment to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in global education.

Curiosity - We are lifelong learners: never resting on what we already know! Each of us seeks new ideas, new skills, and a willingness to adapt to new perspectives and approaches.

Impact-Driven - We are intentional and disciplined with the activities and partnerships that we pursue to advance our mission.

Innovative - We are passionate about our mission and have a stake in shaping the organization. Each of us, regardless of role, actively engages in dialogue, challenges current thinking, and proposes solutions that continues to push the organization forward.

Professionalism - We are respectful, humble, and accountable. Each of us offers expertise and knowledge and delivers high-quality content and experiences.

Key Initiatives

Global Equity & Inclusion Guidelines - The Global Equity & Inclusion (GEI) Guidelines is both an assessment tool and the most comprehensive set of diversity & inclusive good practice guidelines for international education.

Global Inclusion - The most comprehensive national forum on issues of access, diversity, equity, and inclusion in global education.

DiversityAbroad.com - Our flagship website provides a place for students to access curated resources, build community and get connected to global programs and career opportunities from colleges and companies who are committed to ensuring more young people from diverse backgrounds are positioned to thrive in our interconnected world.

Global Student Leadership Summit - The premier leadership conference for students from diverse backgrounds who have participated in study abroad or other international programs.

Strategic Plan - Diversity Abroad Forward

In 2019 Diversity Abroad announced its 5 year strategic plan, Diversity Abroad Forward. The strategic vision firmly places Diversity Abroad as an organization committed to advancing the academic success, interpersonal development and career readiness of today’s student through equitable access to the benefits of global education. Access the full strategic plan.

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