Our Commitment to Diversity

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We’re proud that our students are as diverse as the countries where they study abroad.

Integral in fulfilling our mission is a commitment to the representation and integration of diverse perspectives, cultures, and ideas.

At IES Abroad, we understand that diversity must be cultivated and supported in several ways and at multiple levels—from accessibility and inclusiveness of a diverse student body to the learning environment and courses offered. We are dedicated to broadening access and cultivating a diverse, globally-savvy workforce.

Initiative to Diversify Education Abroad (IDEA)

In 2008, we launched our Initiative to Diversify Education Abroad (IDEA) to creatively address the relatively low participating of underrepresented students in study abroad.

To us, underrepresented students are broadly defined and include, but are not limited to, students from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, first generation to college students, students from low income families and students with a history of overcoming adversity.

In the ten years following the launch of our IDEA initiative, we have built a dedicated Diversity Team, expanded the financial and informational resources for students, collaborated with new partnerships, increased participating in outreach activities, and more. Since launching the Initiative, we have increased enrollment of ethnically-diverse students by 96%; and in 2016-17, ethnically-diverse students made up 25.5% of the IES Abroad student body.

Meet Our Team

Gretchen Cook-Anderson 
Director, Diversity Recruiting & Advising

Hernando Sevilla-Garcia 
Diversity Relations Manager

Kandice Rose 
Diversity Relations Manager