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Diversity in the world is a basic characteristic of human society, and also the key condition for a lively and dynamic world as we see today.
— Hu Jintao
University of Maryland, Baltimore Joins the Diversity Abroad Network for Education Abroad
In support of two University strategic themes, student success and inclusive excellence, UMB joined the Diversity Abroad Network.
The Diversity Abroad Network is the leading professional consortium dedicated to advancing diversity and inclusive practices in education abroad. This membership will grant UMB access to new resources, support the increasing number of diverse students studying, doing research, and interning abroad, and improve the overall quality of the student experience.
The Center for Global Education Initiatives (CGEI) will begin integrating these resources into information made available to interested students as well as into the pre-departure process for all students traveling abroad for research or study.
“Our goal is to assist all UMB students as they prepare for an immersive experience abroad and also help prepare them to be allies to one another as they navigate new cultures,” said Bonnie Bissonette, EdD, MA, director of Education Abroad and International Safety.
The Diversity Abroad Network provides tools that address race and ethnicity, students with disabilities, religious diversity, and gender and sexual orientation. The student-facing side (Diversity Abroad) allows students to search for programs and resources directly. The institutional-facing side offers the following benefits:
- Student Advising Guides
- Diversity Climate Notes
- Access to the Resource Library
- Members-only webinars
- Conference discounts
- Student scholarships for summer programs
- The Access, Inclusion and Diversity (AID) Evaluation — a comprehensive institutional assessment tool
- Grant opportunities for staff and faculty committed to discovering innovative ways to increase enrollment of non-traditional students in education abroad programs
As a Diversity Abroad Network member, UMB joins more than 150 other colleges and universities (including, in Maryland, Morgan State University, the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and the University of Maryland, College Park).
Students, staff, and faculty who would like to gain access to membership resources should email Bonnie Bissonette or Virginia Rowthorn.