Our Students, Alumni, and Colleagues Make Black History Abroad

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IES Abroad
February 3, 2021

At IES Abroad, we believe that every black student going abroad, past or present, is making black history abroad. Black History Month is as good a time as ever to celebrate that truth.

"As this generation of black college students carves out its own unique path and legacy, our Initiative to Diversify Education Abroad connects them to the world—preparing them for how the intersections of their identities may influence their experiences in other cultures and empowering them to be uniquely themselves in our world," said Gretchen Cook-Anderson, our Assistant Vice President of Diversity Recruiting & Advising.

Read more below about how our students, alumni, and colleagues have made and continue to make black history abroad.

Students Reflect on the Black Experience Abroad

Aidan Dennis • Race, Culture, and Ethnicity in South America

IES Abroad Multi-Location Buenos Aires & Santiago, Fall 2017 | Babson College

Danielle Adoghe • Travelling Through Japan PT. 2: Being Black Internationally

 IES Abroad Tokyo, Summer 2018 | University of Central Florida

Ameer Dunston • Are There Any Similarities in the Black Experience Abroad?

IES Abroad Cape Town, Spring 2019 | Howard University

Pheonix Pittman • Being Black in Buenos Aires: A Chronicle

  • IES Abroad Buenos Aires, Fall 2019
  • Spelman College

Kandise Le Blanc • Melanin in Milan: Finding My People Abroad

IES Abroad Milan, Fall 2019 | Northwestern University

Gillian Giles • Being Black in Amsterdam

IES Abroad Amsterdam, Summer 2019 | Sarah Lawrence College

Alumni Making a World of Difference

Breana Ross

IES Abroad Cape Town, Customized Program, Spring 2018 | University of Miami

Gretchen Cook-Anderson

IES Abroad Nagoya, 1988-89 Academic Year | Spelman College

Nneya Richards

IES Abroad Milan, Fall 2006 | Amherst College

Bruno Sacatucua

IES Abroad Cape Town, Spring 2018 | University of Rochester

Samekh Harris Reed

IES Abroad Tokyo, Spring 2017 | University of Rochester

Notable Alumni Who Have Made a Profound Impact on the World

Donald Hopkins

Special Advisor for Guinea Worm Eradication, The Carter Center | IES Abroad Vienna, 1960-61

Maxine Hayes

State Health Officer (Ret.), Washington State Department of Health | IES Abroad Vienna, 1967-68

Howard F. Jeter

U.S. Ambassador (Ret.) Botswana and Nigeria | IES Abroad Nantes, 1967-68

Adrienne S. O'Neal

U.S. Ambassador (Ret.) Cabo Verde | IES Abroad Madrid, 1974-75  

Nedgine Paul

Co-Founder and CEO, Anseye Pou Ayiti (Teach for Haiti) | IES Abroad Arles and Salamanca

IES Abroad Colleagues Reflect on Their Experiences Abroad

At IES Abroad, we have incredible colleagues who can speak to the many ways they made black history abroad—just like our students and alumni. Here's what they had to say:

We’re proud that our students are as diverse as the countries where they study abroad. Learn more about our Initiative to Diversify Education Abroad and explore our diversity resources.

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