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All students should have the opportunity to participate in an international education program. IES Abroad is dedicated to broadening access and cultivating a diverse, globally-savvy workforce. So, we launched our Initiative to Diversify Education Abroad (IDEA) to creatively address the relatively low participation of underrepresented students in study abroad.

For Whom?
We broadly define under-represented students as a group which includes, but is not limited to, students from under-represented racial and ethnic groups, first generation to college students, students from low income families and students with a history of overcoming adversity.

What & How?
The Diversity Initiative has included the addition of a dedicated diversity director to our staff, the development and expansion of financial and informational resources, collaborations through new partnerships, and increased participation in outreach activities.

Diversity Think Tank
In September 2008, we hosted a Think Tank on Diversity. Joining IES Abroad staff and board members were executive officers representing corporations such as Kraft, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Toyota, educational foundations such as The Oprah Winfrey Foundation and the Posse Foundation, international not-for-profit organizations such as CARE, and academic institutions like Yale College, Denison University, and Spelman College. 

These leaders discussed the importance of an international education experience to college students and the role this experience plays in the preparation of students for an increasingly global workforce. 

For a complete summary of the events and discussions please contact [email protected].

Diversity Materials
A number of brochures are available under the Diversity Resources tab, as part of our Global IDEA Series. These materials introduce you and your parents to study abroad, and explain how study abroad can fit into your future career plans. 

This IDEA can change your world. Check out a few of our new initiatives and resources that are helping inspire more underrepresented students to study abroad: