ISA Diversity Statement
At ISA, we know that diverse student populations enrich study abroad programs by cultivating learning environments that are representative of the real world. We also know that access and inclusion are currently unequal in education abroad and we are committed to bringing the benefits of a global education to historically underserved student populations. ISA seeks to achieve this by:
Through these efforts, ISA strives to ensure that all students feel respected, supported and valued in order to achieve maximum intercultural learning.
ISA is committed to facilitating quality programming to students with varying levels of accessibility. With our wide portfolio of program types and locations we’re confident there is a suitable and accessible program for each student. Accommodations abroad can be complex and take time, so those with accessibility needs should inform ISA of any accommodations requests as early as possible in the advising process. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or for more information.
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Once you are accepted into your ISA program and your final deadlines have passed, you are given access to a comprehensive Online Orientation within the ISA Student Portal. In the "Abroad Expectations" tile of the Online Orientation, you will be provided with city-specific historical and cultural background related to various elements of diversity. Additional outside resources devoted to diversity in each city may also be provided within this tile.
Bridging Cultures ProgramUpon arrival in the host country, you will participate in the ISA Bridging Cultures Program. During this program, ISA Resident Staff address four elements related to diversity abroad: common challenges abroad, stereotypes about Americans, reflections on identities and culture, and coping strategies and understanding. Talking points during this program may include but are not limited to race, religion, gender, classism, LGBTQ relations, identity, and how to cope with challenges related to diversity.
ISA Today Blog and ISA Student Blog
ISA staff has developed articles related to diversity abroad on the ISA Today Blog to encourage readers to think critically about their culture and aspects of their identity as it relates to study abroad.
Additionally, ISA offers students the opportunity to blog about their experiences abroad from their own diverse perspectives. These posts can be found on the ISA Student Blog, and interested students should email email@example.com for more information.
ISA Diversity Scholarship
The ISA Diversity Scholarship has been offered to students since 2008 and aims to make study abroad more accessible to students from a diversity of backgrounds. More information about this funding opportunity can be found on the ISA Scholarships page.