Diversity, Equity, And
Inclusion (DEI) Policy
Resources and Links on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Preparing for your upcoming study-abroad adventure? Dive into these resources offering valuable information, insightful tips, and suggestions to not only embrace your unique identity but also ensure a fulfilling experience abroad.
It is crucial to understand the cultural nuances, societal expectations, and prevailing stereotypes of your prospective study-abroad destination. The following resources will prepare you well for an enriching study-abroad experience:
- DiversityAbroad.com– Diversity Abroad is a comprehensive platform dedicated to supporting a diverse range of students in their global education journeys. Explore articles, blogs, scholarships, and resources tailored to prepare you for an enriching overseas experience.
- Centre for Disease Control and Prevention– This section will provide you with country-specific information for study-abroad students regarding vaccinations, medicines, and medical advice.
- U.S. State Department’s Student Website– This is specifically for students from U.S.-based universities. Explore this section to access official information from the government on preparing for international travel.
- University of Denver’s Diversity and Identity Abroad– Acknowledging the diverse challenges faced by students during study-abroad programs, the Office of International Education at DU encourages the utilization of provided resources and open discussions between students and international education advisors to address identity-related concerns when pursuing
Explore the following resources to discover valuable information on financial aid and scholarships opportunities for your study-abroad programs:
- GoAbroad.com Scholarship Listing– Explore this directory of travel scholarships and financial resources to help you fund and embark on your enriching study-abroad journey.
- NAFSA Tamara H. Bryant Memorial Scholarship– Scholarship for African American undergraduate students in the United States who hope to study abroad.
Explore the following resources to uncover information on LGBTQIA+-related news and support during study-abroad programs:
- National Center for Transgender Equality– National Center for Transgender Equality is an advocacy organization dedicated to advancing policies and rights that support and protect transgender individuals in the United States. Explore the resources provided here that explain transgender people’s rights.
- LGBTQ+ Study-Abroad Guide– A guide that offers meaningful travel tips and tales for LGBTQ+ travelers.
- LGBTQ+ Students Abroad– An article from Diversity Abroad that provides valuable insights and tips for LGBTQ+ students studying abroad.
- International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Intersex Association– This site offers insights and information on LGBTQIA+ rights and inclusivity to enhance the planning and execution of study-abroad programs.
- Rainbow SIG– This section provides resources for students studying abroad who identify as gay, lesbian, transgender, bisexual, or queer (LGBTQIA+).
- OutRight International– OutRight International is a global human rights organization dedicated to advancing and protecting the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and queer individuals. In this section, you will find articles, commentaries, and photo essays on LGBTIQ issues.
- TransRespect versus Transphobia Worldwide– TransRespect versus Transphobia Worldwide is an annual research project and publication by Transgender Europe (TGEU). Through this initiative, TGEU aims to raise awareness, advocate for policy changes, and contribute to the global conversation on transgender rights and safety.
- United Nations “Free & Equal”– Launched by the UN Human Rights Office in 2013, the “Free & Equal” campaign aims to raise awareness about the discrimination and violence often faced by LGBTQIA+ people and advocates for a world where everyone, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression, can live free from prejudice and enjoy equal rights and opportunities.
People of Colour
Explore the following to uncover news and information on “people of colour” during study-abroad programs:
- Allaboard.us– A collection of articles discussing the reasons why students of color like African-American students,
Asian/pacific islander students, Hispanic/Latin students, Native American students, should consider studying abroad.
- Dealing with Stereotypes While Studying Abroad– This article explores the challenges Americans face, including dealing with stereotypes and feeling “othered,” when studying, interning, teaching, or volunteering abroad, emphasizing that while negative encounters may occur, they shouldn’t deter individuals from pursuing international experiences.
- Black and Abroad– Black & Abroad is a platform that celebrates and supports the international experiences of Black travelers. It provides resources, community, and insights to empower Black individuals to explore and navigate the world, fostering a sense of belonging and representation in the travel space.
- Black Students Study Abroad– A blog from a black student reflecting on their study-abroad program.
- Meaningful Travel Tips & Tales: African American Perspectives (E-book)- An e-book where the writers share their travel tips and tricks especially for Black travellers.
- Meaningful Travel Tips & Tales: LatinX Perspectives (E-book)- This guide was created to help ensure that LatinX student travellers have all the resources they need to participate in education abroad experiences safely, happily, and successfully.
- Meaningful Travel Tips & Tales: Asian Perspectives (E-book)- This guide was created to help ensure that Asian student travelers have all the resources they need to participate in education abroad experiences safely, happily, and successfully.
- 6 Things I Wish I Knew Before Studying Abroad as an African American: The blog discusses insights and tips from an African American student’s experience studying abroad.
- STAMPED (Podcast): This podcast highlights the study-abroad stories of African American students and industry professionals.
Religion and Spirituality
Discover religion-specific institutions worldwide and other global information on religion and spirituality through the following articles:
- International Religious Freedoms Report– This report describes the status of religious freedom, government policies and the U.S. commitment to promoting religious freedom in nearly every country and territory throughout the world.
- Christianity Today– Christianity Today is a prominent evangelical Christian magazine that provides news, analysis, and articles on various topics relevant to Christian community. You can look for news and articles related to Christianity in your study-abroad destinations.
- All Hindu Temples– This site shares a list of Hindu temples worldwide.
- Islamic Finder– This site shares a list of prayer times, Islamic organizations, and mosques worldwide.
- Zabihah: Halal Restaurants & Markets– The guide to halal restaurants & markets worldwide.
- Jewish Virtual Library– This site shares a list of Jewish synagogues worldwide.
- Yeah That’s Kosher– This site offers a country-specific guide on maintaining kosher diet practices worldwide.
Explore resources providing information and insights on gender-related aspects within study-abroad programs:
- Information for Women Travellers– US state department’s information on women travellers.
- Pathways to Safety International– This site offers support and assistance to survivors of interpersonal and gender-based violence, particularly those impacted by domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, and stalking while living or traveling abroad.
- Advice for Women Travellers– Safe-travel guide for women- A resource from the Canadian government.
- Women Going Abroad– This article from Diversity Abroad provides valuable insights and tips for women studying abroad.
Students with Special Needs
Explore resources specific to disability-related information and insights for study-abroad programs:
- Travelers with Disabilities– Country-wise information by the U.S. State Department on local laws and customs for travellers with disabilities.
- Mobility International USA– A dedicated organization empowering individuals with disabilities through international exchange programs, offering invaluable resources and support to ensure accessible and inclusive study-abroad experiences.
- Society for Accessible Travel and Hospitality– They unite organizations for people with disabilities and those serving travelers with disabilities to address issues that impact their quality of life.
- Traveling with a Disability– A resource from the U.S. Department of Transportation that informs about the rights of travelers with disabilities when flying on any U.S.-based airlines.
- Open Doors® Statistics on U.S. College-Level Study Abroad Students with Disabilities– This resource from Mobility International USA provides information on the number of students with disabilities who study abroad.
Explore resources specific to mental health-related information and insights for study-abroad programs:
- Wellness Tips for Study Abroad– This program provides information and resources on mental health for students participating in SIT Study Abroad programs.
- Successful Study Abroad with a Mental Health Condition– This article highlights both the challenges and success stories of students, including those with mental health-related disabilities, offering a well-rounded perspective on the trials and triumphs of studying abroad.
- Managing Mental Health Abroad– This article addresses the challenges faced by students with preexisting mental health issues during study abroad, offering practical tips on coping mechanisms, monitoring medications, etc.
Explore resources specific to first generation students-related information and insights for study-abroad programs:
- I’m First! – It is an online community dedicated to celebrating and supporting first-generation college students, offering a wealth of resources, including video stories, blogs, guidance, and mentoring, with a particular emphasis on study abroad experiences.
- Center for First-Generation Student Success– An organization dedicated to supporting and advancing the success of first-generation college students through resources, research, and community-building initiatives.
- The Impact of Internships and Study Abroad on the Career readiness of First-Generation Students– The article explores the impact of internships and study abroad experiences on the career readiness of first-generation college students, comparing their engagement and outcomes with those of non-first-generation peers.