IES Abroad Participates in GAP Conference: Diversity in International Affairs

On April 26 and 27, IES Abroad's Gretchen Cook-Anderson, Director of Diversity Recruiting and Advising, attended Global Access Pipeline's (GAP) Conference: Diversity in International Affairs, held in Washington, DC. Cook-Anderson contributed as one of four study abroad panelists.

Cook-Anderson, an IES Abroad alumna herself, was joined by seven IES Abroad alums from Howard University, George Washington University, University of Maryland-College Park, and American University. The conference sought to inspire more students of color to pursue international affairs careers by providing them the mentors and resources in the field to flourish. 

“In our efforts to encourage students of color to participate in study abroad, it’s essential to illustrate how this high impact experience can be used later as a stepping stone into careers in international affairs, where professionals of color are sorely needed. IES Abroad is excited to be involved in this kind of event that helps to do just that," says Cook-Anderson.

The conference was attended by about 300 people from high schools and colleges in the Washington, DC area; New York City; Seattle; Chicago; Boston; and more. 

IES Abroad is a member of Global Access Pipeline.

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