This year, we've set out to celebrate many of our amazing Trendsetters and Trailblazers in study abroad — students who have paved the way for the future of an ever-expanding world! Trendsetters and Trailblazers: Paving the Way for Study Abroad kicked off in February to acknowledge the dynamic stories of our IES Abroad students. We figured it can only rightly follow with honoring the journeys of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) friends, colleagues, and students. We're commited to showing that our identities help shape our stories and our worlds, showing just how incredible our backgrounds can be as they are shared and explored across countries, languages, and more. We are as determined as ever to do our part and give our students the resources they need to be 100% themselves abroad.
This month, we're amplifying the voices of AAPI students and staff in a multitude of ways, but here are a few pieces from our IES Abroad AAPI community that we thought would be great to shout out to the world.
If you're interested in learning more on how to help stop hate-based harassment and support the local AAPI community, consider joining trainings and accessing local resources available to you, too!