Reflecting on 2023: A Year of Progress in Global Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging

As we bid farewell to an eventful year, at Diversity Abroad we're taking a moment to reflect on the strides made in advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) in global education throughout 2023. From dynamic events to impactful thought leadership and transformative professional development, our collective journey in 2023 has been defined by innovation, collaboration, and a resounding commitment to driving positive change.

Convening for Global Inclusion

The cornerstone of our efforts in 2023 was the Global Inclusion Conference, the Global Student Leadership Summit, and the Inclusive Learning Institute. These gatherings served as vital platforms for fostering dialogue, sharing good practices, and cultivating a sense of community among global education practitioners. Through engaging plenary sessions, interactive workshops, and networking opportunities, these events reinforced the importance of DEIB in ensuring our field supports the success of all students who engage in our programs and that our sector is one where all professionals can thrive.

Thought Leadership: Shaping the Discourse

Throughout 2023, Diversity Abroad remained at the forefront of thought leadership, delving into pivotal DEIB topics in global education. From tackling the implications of DEI bans and changes to affirmative action on international education to our student belonging and experience survey, our initiatives sought to translate the implications of DEIB trends, policies, and emerging topics into actionable insights. By curating event content - such as the popular Think Forward Summit and Orienting European On-site Staff to the US DEI Climate webinar - that was not only timely but also deeply relevant, we aimed to spark meaningful conversations and inspire transformative change within the global learning community.

Community: Building Connections and Collaboration

Central to our mission is providing opportunities to build community. There is something special about being able to bring people from across the world with shared interests together. Through our Communities of Practice, Community Discussions, and professional certificate program, we have developed unique venues where practitioners can connect with others with whom they may otherwise note have the opportunity to meet. Community building continues to play an important role in the success of Diversity Abroad, and 2023 has offered a multitude of opportunities to see our community in action.

Looking Ahead to 2024: A Vision of Continual Progress

As we step into 2024, Diversity Abroad remains committed to advancing the DEIB agenda within global education to ensure our work supports inclusive student success. Building upon the successes and learnings of 2023, you can expect further innovation and collaboration in our efforts to foster a more inclusive and equitable global learning landscape. With a renewed focus on fostering dialogue, amplifying underrepresented voices, and cultivating a culture of belonging, our upcoming events and initiatives are poised to set new benchmarks in the pursuit of diversity and inclusion.

In the spirit of collaboration we’d love to hear from you. Have an idea or recommendations for us in 2024? Please share it with us: [email protected]

We look forward to continuing our work to support inclusive student achievement by ensuring equitable access to global educational opportunities.

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