ISA Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee
The ISA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee propels ISA’s commitment to exceptional support through providing identity-focused advising and resources for students, university partners, and ISA staff. We seek to serve all students and stakeholders but particularly center the needs of underrepresented student populations including but not limited to students of color, first generation college students, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and students with disabilities. Students show up in their full humanity on their international programs and the DEI Committee provides holistic support as they navigate and develop all of their intersecting identities in an international context.We do this through offering scholarships, identity-specific pre-departure orientation programming, individualized advising, and opportunities for ongoing reflection and connection with peers.
Access to international programming is currently unequal in the US and we are committed to minimizing barriers so study abroad is more accessible to all students. We seek to not only make programs more accessible, but also ensure that each person feels adequately supported to engage fully with their study abroad programming. Full participation ensures maximum intercultural learning to benefit the students and all communities that they engage with.
We recognize that given an individual’s intersections of experiences and identities, each student has a unique study abroad journey and that each international educator has a unique role to play in the inclusivity of their institution. In additional to supporting students, the DEI Committee offers individualized and nuanced support for staff at partner universities and at ISA to ensure that international educators are also empowered to show up in our full humanity so we may support students in theirs.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.