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Recruiting Students from Africa - INSIGHT Into Diversity                                           March 2020

                               Recruiting Students
                                       from Africa
                                    The new frontier in international enrollment

                                                            ALSO IN THIS ISSUE:

                                                         The winners of INSIGHT’s
                                                     Study Abroad Scholarship for
                                                       Underrepresented Students

                                                                  Special Report:
                                                          Schools of Public Policy
                                                              and Administration
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You go to college to explore your interests, ignite
your passions and discover what’s possible.

The potential is endless, and no matter what you
choose to do – whether it’s accounting, zoology,
medicine, – the University of Kentucky is here
to help you maximize your experience. At UK,
you can find the right opportunities for you –
opportunities that will be life-changing and
that will impact you forever.
For Benedicta Wiafe, a junior majoring in Modern
and Classical Languages, Education Abroad was one
of those opportunities.

Benedicta was a recipient of the UK ISA Diversity
Scholarship, which put her on a plane to Paris and one
step closer toward her career goal – educating people
about mental disabilities throughout the world.

While abroad, our students not only maximize their
academic experiences but connect with people who
are different from them, opening their eyes to fresh
perspectives, different ways of living and
new opportunities.

Our world continues to become increasingly
interconnected and requires graduates who have
cross-cultural competence, real-world application
and transferable skills.

At the University of Kentucky, we prepare our students
to tackle the globally competitive workforce that awaits
them after graduation. Benedicta, along with many other
students, has discovered, ignited and propelled her
passions abroad.

Now, it’s your turn.
When will you join your fellow Wildcats across the globe?

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In this issue                                     March 2020

                                                                                           Recruiting International
                                                                                          Students from Africa Is a
                                                                                             Worthwhile Challenge
                                                                                                   By Ginger O’Donnell

24        Announcing the Winners of the INSIGHT                     Special Report: Schools of Public Policy
          Into Diversity Study Abroad Scholarship                   and Public Administration
          for Underrepresented Students
          By Mariah Stewart

                                                                    42    Simulation Learning Takes Students Out of the

26        The Importance of a Diverse, Inclusive Community
          By Eli Capilouto, DMD, ScD,
                                                                          Classroom and Into the Middle of Public Crises
                                                                          By Mariah Stewart
          and Sonja Feist-Price, PhD

32        International Recruitment Organizations                   46    Public Policy Schools Must Teach Future Leaders
                                                                          About Today’s Anti-Semitism
          Connect US Schools to Students Overseas
                                                                          By Natalie Monzyk
          By Ginger O’Donnell

          As Nontraditional Students Become the New Norm,
34        Colleges Must Support Generational Diversity              49    Public Policy and Administration by the Numbers
                                                                          By Ginger O’Donnell
          By Blythe Bernhard

          Oregon State University Program is a Sustainable
36        Model for Feeding Students in Need                        50    Public Policy Schools Create Research Centers to Help
                                                                          Solve Some of the Nation’s Most Pressing Problems
          By Mariah Stewart                                               By Ginger O’Donnell

     On the cover: Bienfait Mugenza and Philemon Rono attend
     The University of Rochester. Mugenza is from the Democratic    54    Raising Awareness of Public Policy Careers
                                                                          Could Diversify the Profession
     Republic of the Congo and studies political science, while
     Rono is a mechanical engineering major from Nairobi,                 By Mariah Stewart
     Kenya. In 2018, they received a $10,000 grant from the Davis
     Projects for Peace to facilitate a weeklong summer workshop
     in Kigali, Rwanda called “Peace through Entrepreneurship.”
     Above: Rochester students Enky Mhlongo (left), from South
     Africa, and Princesse Mutesi Karemera (right), from the
     Democratic Republic of the Congo

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are not unique, but our approach to addressing
them is. Virginia Commonwealth University’s
Institute for Inclusion, Inquiry and Innovation
builds transdisciplinary teams of nationally
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                            New Directions
                         12 Leaders on the Move                                   Lenore Pearlstein | Publisher
                                                                                  Holly Mendelson | Publisher
                                                                                 Mariah Bohanon | Senior Editor
                                                                                Daniel Hecke | Creative Director
                                                                               Debra Boyd | Director of Operations
                The Diversity Professional Spectrum                            Ginger O’Donnell | Assistant Editor
                                                                               Mariah Stewart | Senior Staff Writer

          14 Leaders of Public Policy and Administration Schools
                                                                                         Editorial Board:
                          By Ginger O’Donnell
                                                                                        Linda Akutagawa
                                                                                       Brooke Barnett, PhD
                                                                                        Kenneth J. Barrett
                                                                                      LeManuel Bitsóí, EdD
                                                                                  Lynette Chappell-Williams, JD
                      This Month’s Celebration                                            Deborah Dagit
                                                                                        James A. Felton III
                                                                                         Cheryl Gonzalez
          16 Women’s Suffrage Centennial: Black Women Played                         Gretchel Hathaway, PhD
               Pivotal Role in Securing the Right to Vote                               Lisa McBride, PhD
                                                                                           Julia Méndez
                          By Mariah Bohanon                                               Ajay Nair, PhD
                                                                                    Clyde Wilson Pickett, EdD
                                                                                         Joseph Santana
                                                                                       Shirley J. Wilcher, JD
                                                                                       Anise D. Wiley-Little
                    Diversity Champion Spotlight                                     Damon A. Williams, PhD

       18 Texas A&M University Encourages Communal Accountability                      Contributing Writers:
                                                                                          Blythe Bernhard
                        for Diversity and Inclusion
                                                                                          Mariah Bohanon
                            By Mariah Bohanon                                         Eli Capilouto, DMD, ScD
                                                                                       Sonja Feist-Price, PhD
                                                                                           Natalie Monzyk
                                                                                          Ginger O’Donnell
                                                                                           Mariah Stewart
                           Closing INSIGHT                                    The views expressed in the content of the
                                                                               articles and advertisements published in
58 Universities Commemorate MLK Day by Reflecting on the Past and Present   INSIGHT Into Diversity are those of the authors
                                                                                and are not to be considered the views
                         By Ginger O’Donnell                                    expressed by Potomac Publishing, Inc.

             INSIGHT Into Diversity | Diversity Champions

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     Brandeis Becomes First US University
     to Ban Caste-Based Discrimination
     Brandeis University recently became the     Untouchables — facing severe prejudice     says U.S. colleges and universities should
     first higher education institution in the   and inequality. Human rights experts       be aware of how caste prejudice affects
     United States to ban discrimination based   sometimes compare the system to            their sizable population of South Asian
     on the caste system of India, Nepal, and    racism in America.                         scholars and students. Indians are the
     other Hindu-majority nations. The new         Equality Labs, a Dalit research group,   second largest group of international
     policy took effect in December 2019 and                                                students in the U.S., and Hindus.—
     protects students and employees who are                                                77 percent of whom have college
     Dalit, or lower caste, in the traditional                                              degrees.— are by far America’s most
     religious and social hierarchy.               Caste Discrimination                     educated religious group, according to
        The university’s chief diversity                 in the US                          the Pew Research Center.
     officer, Mark Brimhall-Vargas, PhD,                                                       A recent Public Radio International
                                                    According to a 2018 Equality
     stated that the school’s decision was         Labs survey of Dalits in the U.S.:       investigation into caste prejudice in
     not based on a specific bias incident but                                              the U.S. included interviews with Dalit
     was developed so that “if and when that
     case does come about, we are prepared
                                                              4 in 10
                                                           have experienced
                                                                                            students and faculty who say they have
                                                                                            experienced discrimination from middle
     to address it,” according to NPR.                discrimination in education           and upper caste peers on campus. A
        In recent years, Brandeis has also                                                  common assumption is that anyone
     hosted conferences and launched an                        2 in 3
                                                          have experienced
                                                                                            studying or working at an American
     academic journal on the subject of caste                                               college must be upper caste, they say.
                                                       workplace discrimination
     discrimination. This particular form of                                                   Some scholars say drawing attention
     prejudice is based on the longstanding
     stratification of Hindu society into                      1 in 2
                                                     is afraid of their caste status
                                                                                            to caste prejudice in the U.S. sows
                                                                                            unnecessary discord among the South
     four categories, or castes, that are             being discovered by peers             Asian immigrant community and
     determined by birth and considered                                                     stigmatizes Hinduism. A more pressing
     unchangeable. Members of the lower
     castes tend to have fewer freedoms
                                                               1 in 4
                                                         has suffered physical
                                                                                            problem is the xenophobia that all
                                                                                            members of their ethnicity face in the
     and socioeconomic opportunities,                  violence based on caste              U.S., they say.
     with Dalits — often called the                                                         — Mariah Bohanon

     President of Johns Hopkins University Emerges
     as Vocal Critic of Legacy Admissions
     In an address to the American               fulfill its core purpose of supporting     percent between 2009 and 2019, the
     Association of Law Schools (AALS)           social mobility, cultivating diverse       Post reports. By contrast, the number of
     in January, Johns Hopkins University        perspectives, and promoting scientific     highly qualified low-income students
     ( JHU) President Ronald J. Daniels          inquiry, Daniels argued.                   increased from 9 percent to 19 percent
     urged colleges and universities to do a        JHU quietly phased out this practice    over the same time period.
     better job of promoting and sustaining      once Daniels took office in 2009,             In a recent interview with the
     democracy and called for an end to          according to The Washington Post.          newspaper, Daniels again spoke out
     the “pernicious” practice of legacy         The university enacted a need-blind        against legacy admissions, which he
     admissions, according to JHU’s online       admissions policy instead, which was       described as a “peculiar institution” in
     news site.                                  enhanced by a $1.8 billion donation        reference to American slavery. The
        Eliminating legacy admissions,           by alumnus and politician Michael          tradition is “deeply perplexing given the
     which gives preferential treatment          Bloomberg in 2018.                         country’s deep commitments to merit
     to applicants who are children or              As a result, the percentage of          and equal opportunity,” he stated.
     grandchildren of alumni, is necessary       admitted students with family ties         — Ginger O’Donnell
     if American higher education is to          to JHU fell from 12.5 percent to 3.5

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        Free Speech Center Launches Publication About First
        Amendment Issues in Higher Education
        In December 2019, the University of                        “There’s a lot of theoretical, high-                    organically as different arguments
        California (UC) National Center for                     level discussion [about free speech                        around freedom of expression become
        Free Speech and Civic Engagement                        on campus] that is very interesting,”                      part of the national conversation. Future
        published its first edition of Speech                   Deutchman says. “But from my                               topics could include the renaming
        Spotlight, a new publication about                      experience, people really want help on                     of campus buildings that are named
        First Amendment-related issues in                       the ground about how to think through                      for controversial historical figures or
        higher education.                                       and synthesize these issues and what to                    exploring what campuses are doing to
           The platform is designed to highlight                do if they want to start making changes                    encourage student civic engagement in
        different challenges surrounding                        on their campuses.”                                        an election year, Deutchman says.
        freedom of expression on college                           The first edition of Speech Spotlight                      The UC National Center for Free
        campuses and share a variety of                         analyzes bias response teams and                           Speech and Civic Engagement was
        perspectives on these issues, according                 how institutions can support an open                       founded in 2017 in response to current
        to Michelle Deutchman, JD, executive                    exchange of ideas while upholding values                   events on college campuses across the
        director of the center. The goal is to                  of diversity, equity, and inclusion. It is                 country. In addition to Speech Spotlight,
        provide readers with multiple sides of                  available for free at freespeechcenter.                    it supports a national fellows program,
        an argument as well as practical tools                                        a grant program, and an annual
        to move forward in considering and                         The publication does not have a set                     conference.
        discussing these topics.                                schedule, as it is intended to unfold                      — Ginger O’Donnell

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Make the world your campus. Go abroad with us!
Florida State University recognizes the importance of preparing students to be successful citizens in the global society of the
21st century. We support international study and intercultural experiences as an integral part of the academic, social, and
cultural development process of university education. FSU’s International Programs (FSUIP) has over 60 years of experience in
International Education. Our students travel around the globe to study every imaginable subject from international leaders in
their fields. They learn to embrace new cultures, languages, and customs, and return home as fully engaged citizens of the world.
We pride ourselves in facilitating these journeys and are committed to making each student’s experience a story worth telling.

• Institute of International Education ranks FSU’s                     • In Spring 2019, FSUIP was recognized by the International
  study-abroad programs No. 11 in the nation.                            Institute of Education with a Seal of Excellence for achieving its
                                                                         Generation Study Abroad goals of increasing and diversifying the
• FSU received the prestigious Platinum Level Institutional              cohort of U.S. students studying abroad.
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  from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities
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                          UNIVERSITY                        Study Abroad Programs
                        MEN OF COLOR                        Disrupted by Coronavirus
                            NATIONAL                        Many institutions have recently suspended study abroad
                             SUMMIT                         programs to China in the face of the coronavirus outbreak
                      APRIL 15-16, 2021                     and the Feb. 2 emergency travel advisory from the U.S.
                                                            Department of State, which places extreme restrictions on
                  GREENVILLE CONVENTION CENTER              visits to China.
                                GREENVILLE, S.C.               The advisory also recommends U.S. citizens currently
                                                            in China evacuate or, if they choose to remain, to stay
                                                            home as much as possible. Many American students there
                        SAVE THE DATE!                      have evacuated after being unable to attend classes for
                                                            several weeks due to campus and city lockdowns.
                                                               China has canceled February exams for its students
                                                            who plan to study in the U.S. As a result, Chinese
                                                            enrollment in American colleges is expected to be delayed
                                                            or suspended, and the situation is likely to exacerbate
                                                            ongoing declines in this area, according to experts.
                                                               The Chinese consul general in New York has asked all
                                                            students returning to the U.S. from the Chinese province
                                                            of Hubei, where the outbreak began, to report to health
                                                            officials for monitoring. Some colleges and universities are
                                                            asking students to provide certification they are virus-free
                                                            before returning to campus. At Princeton University and
                                                            University of Washington, groups of travelers from China
                                                            have self-quarantined and agreed to medical supervision
                                                            before attending classes.
                                                               As of press time, one student at Arizona State University
                                                            and one at the University of Massachusetts Boston are the
                                                            only confirmed cases of the coronavirus on U.S. campuses.
                                                            Officials at both schools say the situation is contained.
                                                            — Mariah Bohanon

                                                            Gallaudet University and
                                                            National Clearinghouse on
                                                            Disability and Exchange to
                                                            Host International Symposium
     MAKING HISTORY TODAY                                   On July 31, 2020, Gallaudet University and the National
     Join us for the University’s fifth annual conference   Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange (NCDE)
     with leaders from across the country working to        will host the Joining Hands Symposium, a one-day event
     make an impact on African American and Hispanic        focused on increasing international education and work
     males in our community.                                opportunities for people with disabilities.
                                                              Representatives from the education, government,
                                                            and nonprofit sectors will convene to discuss methods
     Visit or email                  for creating inclusive study abroad programs, helping                          individuals with disabilities discover foreign work and
                                                            internship opportunities, and more.
                                                              NCDE is a collaboration between the nonprofit
                                                            advocacy group Mobility International USA and the
                                                            U.S. Department of State. For more information on the
                                                            upcoming symposium, visit
                                                            — Mariah Stewart

10   March 2020

Rochester Institute of Technology Offers Study
Abroad Experiences that Impact the World
      By Susan Gawlowicz (edited version)
Three students from the biomedical sciences program             the Global Health @ RIT Association and a related
traveled with RIT Professor Bolaji Thomas to his native         symposium held last spring. “Study-abroad field trips
Nigeria to understand the impact tropical diseases              give students a direct understanding of public health
like malaria have on the population and the medical             issues in another country,” Thomas said.
protocols used in treatment.                                    “They observed patients with malaria symptoms
Anna Capria ’19 (biomedical sciences), Janice Fung              and the protocols medical staff follow to diagnose
and Abigail Melake, fourth-year biomedical science              and treat the disease,” said Thomas. “They gained
majors, spent from May 24 to June 7 in the sub-Saharan          hands-on training in preparing blood-films—the ‘gold
African country and drew upon concepts from Thomas’             standard’ for diagnosis of malaria that uses a stain to
Parasitology, Immunology and Epidemiology classes.              identify and quantify the parasites.”
The students gained a perspective on malaria missing            Participating in study abroad programs that focus on
from their textbooks and observed the personal impact           global-health experiences has influenced Fung’s time
of the disease on patients, medical personnel and               at RIT and her future direction. “I was able to surround
researchers from Oyo, Osun and Lagos regions in                 myself with peers with similar career goals and
southwestern Nigeria.                                           interest,” she said. “Being in this community of similarly
 “We’re so scared of malaria here, but for them it’s like the   driven people helped me come to the decision of
common cold,” said Melake, who was surprised to learn           pursuing medical school.”
that not everyone with malaria is on death’s door.              For more information
Student experiences in global health research are an
important growth area in the College of Health Sciences         Visit us at
and Technology. Recent projects have included a
research trip to Ghana, a new class in Global Health,
new directions

        ARIZONA                                   Business at St. Mary’s University in      OHIO
                       Sonji Muhammad             San Antonio, Texas.                       Susan Edwards, PhD, has been
                       has been named                                                       named president of Wright State
                       director of diversity      KENTUCKY                                  University in Dayton. Edwards
                       and inclusion at the       Darryl A. Peal was selected as            was the university’s provost and
                       University of Arizona      chief diversity, equity and inclusion     executive vice president.
                       College of Medicine -      officer and Title IX coordinator at
                       Phoenix. Muhammad          Northern Kentucky University in           PENNSYLVANIA
        was assistant director of the             Highland Heights. Peal previously                          Kevin L. Antoine,
        university’s office of diversity and      served as the managing director for                        JD, has been
        inclusion.                                external engagement and strategic                          named chief
                                                  partnerships at the National                               diversity, equity,
        CALIFORNIA                                Collegiate Athletic Association.                           and inclusion
                      Utpal K. Goswami,                                                                      officer at Bucks
                      PhD, was selected as        NEW JERSEY                                                 County Community
                      superintendent and                           James A. Felton          College in Newtown. Antoine
                      president of Santa                           III was selected as      was executive director of KLA
                      Barbara City College.                        vice president for       Management Solutions and
                      Goswami previously                           equity and inclusion     assistant vice president for diversity
                      served as president of                       at The College of        and inclusion at the State University
        Metropolitan Community College -                           New Jersey in Ewing      of New York Downstate Medical
        Longview in Kansas City, Missouri.                         Township. Felton         Center in New York City.
                                                  previously served as chief diversity
        CONNECTICUT                               officer in the office of the president    Nicole R. Stokes, PhD, was
        Nicole Stanton has been named             at the State University of New York       selected as associate provost for
        provost and senior vice president         College at Cortland.                      diversity, equity and inclusion
        for academic affairs at Wesleyan                                                    at Saint Joseph’s University in
        University in Middletown. Stanton         NEW MEXICO                                Philadelphia. Stokes formerly
        was the university’s dean of the                         Brandi Stone               served as a professor of sociology
        arts and humanities.                                     has been named             and as the associate vice president
                                                                 director of African        for institutional effectiveness and
        ILLINOIS                                                 American Student           diversity at Holy Family University
        Ginger Ostro was selected as the                         Services (AASS)            in Philadelphia.
        executive director of the Illinois                       and special adviser
        Board of Higher Education. Ostro                         to the president at        TEXAS
        previously served as interim chief        the University of New Mexico in                           Reginald
        financial officer and vice president      Albuquerque. Stone was the interim                        DesRoches,
        of financial operations at Chicago        director and a program specialist                         PhD, has been
        State University.                         for AASS.                                                 named provost
                                                                                                            of Rice University
        Soumitra Ghosh, PhD, has                  NEW YORK                                                  in Houston.
        been named vice president for                             Judith Brown                              DesRoches
        enrollment management at DePaul                           Clarke, PhD, was          previously served as dean of the
        University in Chicago. Ghosh                              selected as the chief     university’s George R. Brown
        was vice president for strategic                          diversity officer         School of Engineering.
        enrollment management at Rowan                            at Stony Brook
        University in Glassboro, New Jersey.                      University. Clarke        UNITED KINGDOM
                                                                  previously served         Hillary Clinton, JD, has been named
        Tanuja Singh, DBA, has been               as diversity director of the Bio-         chancellor at Queen’s University
        named provost and senior vice             Computational Evolution in Action         Belfast. Clinton previously served
        president of academic affairs at          Consortium (BEACON) Science               as the U.S. Secretary of State
        Loyola University in Chicago. Singh       and Technology Center at Michigan         and was the 2016 Democratic
        was dean of the Greehey School of         State University in East Lansing.         presidential nominee.

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                                                          Achieving Diversity Milestones
Indiana University Bloomington’s work to       embraces a campus culture where equal            Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty
improve the college trajectory for minority    access, participation, and representation        and Academic Affairs provides anti-bias
students has not gone unnoticed. In 2019,      are front and center.                            hiring workshops for faculty who serve
the campus once again received the             Several of IU Bloomington’s stand-out            on hiring committees and is working
Higher Education Excellence in Diversity       diversity accomplishments include                to better use existing strategic hiring
(HEED) Award from Insight Into Diversity       community outreach programs for                  funds to bring in underrepresented
magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-    underrepresented student populations;            tenure-track faculty, including senior
focused publication in higher education.       scholarships for minority students;              women in STEM fields.
This is the fifth year IU Bloomington has      new services about the college process         • The reactivation of the Council of
been honored as a HEED Award recipient.        for K-12 students; programs to engage            Scholars of Diversity and Inclusion
The award is the only national honor           students, faculty, and staff; the use of         convened by the Office of the Vice
recognizing U.S. colleges and universities     research to build diverse and inclusive          Provost for Diversity and Inclusion:
that demonstrate a strong commitment           campus environments; improved                    Designed to bring scholarly minds
to diversity and inclusion through their       recruitment and retainment strategies            together to weigh in on issues of
innovative programs and outreach, hiring       for a diverse faculty; and the creation of       diversity and inclusion, this effort aims
practices for faculty and staff, and student   diversity plans for all 16 degree-granting       to define best practices and evidence-
recruitment, retention, and completion.        colleges and schools on the Bloomington          based approaches that support faculty
“We are honored to be recognized for           campus.                                          and student recruitment, success, and
our ongoing commitment to diversity            Many of the diversity efforts that have          retention.
and inclusion,” says James C. Wimbush,         been honored come from the work of             At the heart of each of these initiatives is
vice president of Diversity, Equity,           programs administered by Office of the         a focus on accountability. IU President
and Multicultural Affairs, dean of the         Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and      Michael A. McRobbie, through a detailed
University Graduate School, and Johnson        Multicultural Affairs (OVPDEMA).               review and reporting processes, has
Chair for Diversity and Leadership at          In June 2019, 21st Century Scholars and        created a standard of excellence when it
Indiana University. “While we realize there    Community & School Partnerships—               comes to measuring and evaluating the
is much more to be done, we take time          both programs of OVPDEMA—launched              effectiveness, efficiency, and
to celebrate the accomplishments made          the Pre-College Academy. Rising middle         sustainability of all matters involving
thus far and the hard work that members        school and early high school students          diversity and equity for IU’s operations
of our community put into making IU a          attended workshops and activities,             and programming.
place that advocates access, success,          with the goal of sharpening study skills,
respect, equity, inclusiveness, and            learning about financial aid, and gaining
community for all.”                                                                           Learn more at
                                               information about the requirements for
In addition to winning the HEED Award,         Indiana’s 21st Century Scholars Program.
IU Bloomington earned Insight Into             Other new programs and initiatives
Diversity’s highest distinction: the           that demonstrate IU Bloomington’s
Diversity Champion. The campus was             commitment to diversity and inclusion
recognized for developing successful           include:
strategies and programs that serve as
models of diversity excellence for other       • IU Diversity Career and Internship Fair:
institutions. It is the third year that the       The fair offers a unique opportunity
Bloomington campus has received the               for recruiters to engage with high-
honor.                                            achieving undergraduates who bring
                                                  with them diverse backgrounds,
Opening Doors for All                             scholarly profiles, and a desire to
Through the leadership of Provost Lauren          explore career opportunities. Attended
Robel, Indiana University has a long              by 250 students, the fair included
history of advancing the idea that learning       recruiters from 21 large companies
from people with different backgrounds,           such as Eli Lilly, Oracle, and Qualtrics.
values, and perspectives enriches the          • Anti-Bias Hiring Workshops: The Office                          2019
student experience. As a university, its          of the Vice Provost for Diversity and
goal has and continues to be one that             Inclusion in collaboration with the
diversity professional spectrum

                                    Leaders of Public Policy
                                   and Administration Schools
             In each issue, INSIGHT Into Diversity features diverse professionals in higher education. By Ginger O’Donnell

                                  Ian H. Solomon, JD, is dean of the University
                                  of Virginia Frank Batten School of Leadership
                                  and Public Policy. Prior to this position, he
                                  served as CEO of the negotiation and conflict
                                  management advisory firm Solomon Global LLC,
                                  which he founded. His previous roles include
                                  serving as the United States Executive Director
                                  for the World Bank Group and senior advisor
                                  for the U.S. Department of the Treasury under
                                  the Obama administration. Solomon has a
                                  distinguished background in higher education,
                                  formerly serving in leadership and teaching
                                  roles at Yale Law School and the University          Maria Cancian, PhD, is dean of Georgetown
                                  of Chicago (UChicago). As vice president for         University McCourt School of Public Policy.
                                  global engagement at UChicago, he led teams in       Prior to joining Georgetown, she was a professor,
                                  Chicago, Beijing, New Delhi, and Hong Kong in        associate dean for social sciences, associate dean
                                  establishing international education programs,       for fiscal services, and director of the Institute
                                  centers, and research collaborations.                for Research on Poverty at the University of
                                                                                       Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison). Her honors
                                                                                       at UW-Madison include a Kellett Professorship
                                                                                       and being named the 2018 Galbraith Fellow.
            Laura Bloomberg, PhD, is dean of the Humphrey                              Throughout Cancian’s distinguished career, she
                  School of Public Affairs at the University of                        has served as a fellow and visiting scholar for
            Minnesota. She previously served as the school’s                           multiple major foundations as well as senior
              associate dean, during which time she created                            adviser to the U.S. Secretary of Health and
              a national pipeline program in public policy for                         Human Services (HHS) and the deputy assistant
              underrepresented students, established a new                             secretary for policy for the HHS Administration
              master’s degree program in human rights, and                             for Children and Families under the Obama
             developed the Mandela Washington Fellowship                               administration. Her research focuses on the
                program for young people in Africa. She is an                          relationship between public policy, social work,
            award-winning educator whose research focuses                              and family well-being.
              on areas such as community-based leadership,
               cross-cultural dialogue, and education policy.
                 Bloomberg’s many leadership roles include
             serving as board chair of the Public Policy and
         International Affairs program and on the executive
               council of the national Network of Schools of
                   Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration.

                                 George Kieh, PhD, is dean of the Barbara
                                 Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at
                                 Texas Southern University (TSU). Prior to joining
                                 TSU, Kieh was a professor of political science
                                 and dean of the college of arts and sciences at        Sally Wallace, PhD, is dean of Georgia State
                                 West Georgia University. His accomplishments in        University’s (GSU) Andrew Young School
                                 this role — including restructuring governance to      of Policy Studies. She previously served
                                 give more voice to the university community.—          as a professor and chair of the economics
                                 earned him the Warren Akin IV Award from               department, associate dean for research and
                                 the Georgia Conference of the American                 strategic initiatives, and director of the Fiscal
                                 Association of University Professors. Kieh’s career    Research Center at GSU. Wallace has also taught
                                 in higher education has also included teaching         at the African Tax Institute at the University of
                                 and leadership roles at Morehouse College,             Pretoria in South Africa, where she was named
                                 Grand Valley State University, Illinois Wesleyan       Extraordinary Professor of Economics. Other roles
                                 University, and the University of Memphis. Kieh is     include co-director of the Jamaican Tax Reform
                                 from Liberia; his research focuses on the effects      Project, senior staff member of the Pakistan Tax
                                 of U.S. foreign policy on Africa, conflict studies,    Study, and senior member of the Guatemala
                                 and more.                                              Fiscal Project. In addition to her teaching and
                                                                                        research career, Wallace has worked as a tax
                                                                                        analyst for the U.S. Treasury Department.

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This Month’s Celebration: March 2020

      Women’s Suffrage Centennial:
      Black Women Played Pivotal Role
      in Securing the Right to Vote                                                                                        By Mariah Bohanon

         Suffrage leader Nannie Helen Burroughs, far left, and fellow suffragettes attend the Banner State Woman’s National Baptist Convention
         in 1915. (Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress)

      On August 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment of the                               Nannie Helen Burroughs, pictured above at far
      United States Constitution officially granted women                      left, was a suffragist leader who gained renown for
      the right to vote. One hundred years later, many                         her focus on the intersectionality of race and sex.
      of the Black women who joined the long struggle                          The child of formerly enslaved parents, Burroughs
      toward this amendment have been forgotten.                               was a prolific activist, speaker, and educator. She
        As with many aspects of American political life,                       served as secretary of the Woman’s National Baptist
      the suffrage movement was largely segregated,                            Convention.— an organization at the forefront of
      with illustrious White leaders such as Susan B.                          Black women’s suffrage — and, later, its president.
      Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton excluding                                In a 1915 essay, she wrote that “when the ballot
      and overshadowing African Americans. Yet Black                           is put into the hands of the American woman, the
      suffragists formed their own organizations, led                          world is going to get a correct estimate of the
      parades and marches, and petitioned for all                              Negro woman. It will find her a tower of strength
      women.— regardless of race or ethnicity — to                             of which poets have never sung, orators have never
      have the right to vote.                                                  spoken, and scholars have never written.”●

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Texas Tech University has been recognized as a leader
among U.S. higher education institutions in making
international study and internships more accessible and
inclusive for American students of all backgrounds.               2019           ®

- Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program    Top Colleges for Diversity

diversity champion spotlight


     Texas A&M University Encourages Communal
       Accountability for Diversity and Inclusion
                                                               By Mariah Bohanon

                            Diversity Champions exemplify an unyielding commitment to diversity and inclusion
                             throughout their campus communities, across academic programs, and at the highest
                              administrative levels. INSIGHT Into Diversity selected institutions that rank in
                            the top tier of Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award recipients.

                               ith a total student enrollment of 69,465,   With a university as large as Texas A&M, this means
                               Texas A&M University is the largest         incorporating accountability and transparency at every
                               public institution of higher education      level so that all members of the campus community are
                               in the United States. In addition to        responsible for DEI work.
           substantial growth in recent years, the university has
           made significant strides in diversifying what was once an       Accountability, Climate, Equity, and Scholarship
           extremely homogenous campus community.                          Fellows Program
              From its establishment in the late 1870s as an               Robin Means Coleman, PhD, a national thought
           agricultural and mechanical college until the 1960s,            leader on diversity and inclusion, joined Texas A&M
           admission to Texas A&M was restricted to White male             as vice president and associate provost for diversity in
           students who were required to participate in military           spring 2018. One of her most significant
           training. Today, the public land-grant university is a          accomplishments is the creation of a hiring
           member of the Association of American Universities              initiative that both increases faculty diversity
           and a Tier 1 research institution. Nearly half of Texas         and advances original DEI research.
           A&M’s students are women and 36 percent are from                   The Accountability, Climate, Equity,
           underrepresented ethnic or racial backgrounds. One in           and Scholarship (ACES) Fellows Program
           five undergraduate students is the first person in their        makes it possible for Texas A&M
           family to attend college.                                       departments to hire underrepresented               Robin Means
              Texas A&M has woven diversity, equity, and inclusion         faculty at the beginning of their academic         Coleman

           (DEI) into its institutional mission, implementing              careers. The fellowship gives them time
           multiple initiatives and programs to support its students,      and support to focus on DEI related research while
           faculty, and staff as well as promoting awareness               receiving mentoring and guidance in advancing
           and advance research on DEI in higher education.                towards tenure.

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A key component of the program is letting the fellows
                                                                       know that there is a large network of people they can
                                                                       turn to for guidance on both a formal and informal
                                                                       level, says Matthews.
                                                                          ACES is designed to scale up and will be extended
                                                                       to the Texas A&M College for Education and
                                                                       Human Development for the coming academic
                                                                       year. The college is currently in the interview
                                                                       process for potential hires and is looking for
                                                                       those whose research “speaks to the mission and
                                                                       DEI values that Texas A&M espouses,” explains
                                                                       John Singer, PhD, associate dean for diversity
                                                                                                                            John Singer
                                                                       and inclusion and associate professor in the

                                                                          ACES Fellow Combines Border
With a total enrollment of 69,465 students, Texas A&M University
is the largest institution of higher education in the United States.
                                                                          Studies and Anthropology
                                                                          Sergio Lemus, PhD, was hired by
                                                                          the anthropology department as an
                                                                          inaugural member of the ACES Fellows
      The College of Liberal Arts piloted the ACES                        Program in fall 2019.
                                                                             “What interested me about this position
   program in the 2019-2020 academic year.
                                                                          is that the university is becoming very
      “It’s an amazing opportunity to do something really                 diverse and is approaching becoming
   new and interesting, which is to make a concerted effort               a Hispanic-Serving Institution,” Lemus
   to hire and mentor diverse young faculty, learn all we can             explains. “And with my research being             Sergio Lemus
   from them, and help them launch their                                  about borderlands, I knew that I would be
   careers,” says Pamela Matthews, PhD,                                   able to develop it in quite interesting ways by actually being
                                                                          in Texas and the Southwest.”
   dean of the College of Liberal Arts.
                                                                             Currently, Lemus is interested in studying immigration
      Texas A&M’s Office of Diversity                                     for highly skilled professionals from Mexico and looking at
   reviews the ACES applicants and                                        how Hispanic and Latinx patients and their families cope
   provides all of the candidate materials                                with cancer diagnoses. He hopes to further the dialogue
   to Matthews’ office, which she then                                    around these issues and eventually develop support
   distributes to the appropriate academic                                programs for the people at the center of them, he says.
                                                    Pamela                   While the ACES fellowship allows him to focus on research,
   departments. Each department reviews             Matthews              Lemus also teaches one course a semester, which has allowed
   the candidate’s credentials and reports                                him to connect his research to curriculum. He teaches a new
   back with their top candidate. For 2019-2020, the                      course on the anthropology of the U.S. Mexico border. “In
   college approved the hiring of four fellows in the                     many ways this topic is politically charged, but I have found
   departments of anthropology, communication,                            that students are very interested to learn about border issues,
   English, and sociology.                                                to try and understand what is at stake and the reality of
                                                                          people living on the border,” he says.
      The college is currently in the selection process for                  Lemus adds that he relishes the opportunity to
   a new round of ACES fellows to start in fall 2020.                     introduce undergraduates to new perspectives and
   The plan is to hire four individuals for liberal arts                  that working with diverse students at Texas A&M has
   departments that do not already have an ACES fellow                    already helped him develop as a teacher. He hopes his
   on staff so that these diverse scholars are represented                presence in the anthropology department will attract
                                                                          more underrepresented graduate students who share his
   throughout the college, Matthews says.
                                                                          research interests, he says.
      Departments requesting to hire an ACES fellow                          “Sometimes with postdocs, the expectation is that you
   must present a “robust and serious mentoring plan”                     will have a position for a couple of years and then will
   to demonstrate to the college that they will “make                     move on to another university,” Lemus says. “Texas A&M
   that person feel welcome and help them succeed                         and the ACES program is really making a big change in the
   professionally,” she says.                                             job market by saying that if you come through this pipeline
                                                                          program, there is a place for you here.”
      The college also fosters a mentoring relationship
   with these scholars and supports their bond as a cohort.

describes as “ambitious and comprehensive.” All campus
                                                                        units are expected to produce annual Diversity Plan
                                                                        Accountability progress reports detailing how each
                                                                        college, division, and administrative unit is working to
                                                                        advance the university’s DEI goals.
                                                                           “This work must be integrated in every department
                                                                        and program. If change is going to happen, it has to
                                                                        happen all through an institution, not just at a higher
                                                                        level,” Reyes says.
                                                                           These accountability reports are turned over to
                                                                        the President’s Council on Climate and Diversity
                                                                        (PCCD), which represents every segment of the Texas
                                                                        A&M community — including students, alumni, and
                                                                        community leaders such as the president of the local
                                                                        chapter of the NAACP.
                                                                           It’s a big responsibility, says Reyes, because the
                                                                        council must read and score nearly 30 reports. Each
                                                                        unit is assessed on general factors, such as whether and
       The Texas A&M campus in College Station spans 5,200 acres
       and includes 17 academic colleges and schools.                   how it uses data to advance diversity, inclusion, and
                                                                        equity efforts, as well as its own strategic goals.
                                                                           “Because of our size and the diversity of our
                                                                        disciplines, the Office for Diversity doesn’t give
           department of health and kinesiology.                        the colleges and units measures for success — we
              “We’re looking for people who show great promise          encourage them to develop their own,” explains Reyes.
           and who are doing the work that doesn’t necessarily          “Each discipline has unique challenges when it comes
           speak to the status quo, that really pushes the              to demographics and representation, and I think
           envelope,” he says.                                          part of the success of our diversity plan is that the
              Singer gives the example of a recent ACES applicant       colleges and administrative units have quite a bit of
           who conducts participatory action research to understand     responsibility to address the unique challenges in their
           the educational experiences of undocumented students.        disciplines and communities.”
           This approach invites the subjects to take part in              After reviewing the accountability reports, the
           developing research questions, collecting and analyzing      PCCD identifies challenges and successes and makes
           data, and more. It is nontraditional, labor intensive, and   recommendations for improvement. The council has
           time consuming, he says.                                     previously advised departmental and unit leadership to:
              It is “vitally necessary for a place like Texas A&M” to
           support underrepresented scholars who are conducting           •   Encourage the gathering of data from peer
           this type of innovate DEI work, Singer says. Programs              institutions
           such as ACES “have the potential to help transform the
           campus community” by reshaping pedagogical practices,          •   Focus on strategically changing unit culture
           departmental policies, the recruitment of diverse
           students, and more.                                            •   Expand understanding of employee equity
              The Office for Diversity plans to continue expanding            beyond salary
           ACES to other colleges and departments in coming years.
                                                                          •   Enhance staff and supervisor skill sets.
           President’s Council on
           Climate and Diversity                                           In addition to the reports, unit and departmental
           Ensuring that DEI values are put                             leaders present their DEI progress and strategies to
           into action at a school the size of                          the PCCD and campus leadership during dedicated
           Texas A&M requires accountability                            meetings. Vice President and Associate Provost for
           on multiple levels. This is maintained                       Diversity Robin Means Coleman, President Michael
           through a reporting process that                             K. Young, and Provost Carol A. Fierke attend these
           Jennifer Reyes, PhD, director for                            daylong events, which also help inform the State of
           assessment and diversity initiatives,        Reyes           Diversity reports produced by the Office for Diversity

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The initiative consists of two primary components.
                                                                   The RISE Fellowship program supports eight to 10
                                                                   undergraduates annually who conduct research on
                                                                   sociocultural identity and higher education. The RISE
                                                                   Conference is a yearly event where these fellows and
                                                                   other members of the Texas A&M community present
                                                                   research and engage in frank discussion.
                                                                     RISE is modeled after the Thomas L. Hill Iowa
                                                                   State Conference on Race and Ethnicity, according
                                                                   to Mark Dawson, a Texas A&M diversity education
                                                                   specialist and RISE’s co-creator.
                                                                     Shortly after being hired by Texas
                                                                   A&M in 2016, Dawson was charged
                                                                   with revamping its annual Diversity
                                                                   Summit.— a daylong event that consisted
Members of Destino, a Christian student organization designed      of about 70 student attendees and a
to be culturally relevant for the Hispanic and Latinx community,   diversity consultant, he says. Dawson
greet newcomers on a campus welcome day. With an enrollment
that is 22 percent Latinx, Texas A&M is an emerging Hispanic-
                                                                   and RISE’s original co-coordinator
Serving Institution.                                               Dear Aunaetitrakul worked closely with
                                                                                                                  Mark Dawson
                                                                   Iowa State University to transform this

   every three to four years.
      “All of the deans and vice presidents present
   summaries and lessons learned from their
                                                                      RISE Fellowship Testimonials
   accountability reports,” Reyes explains. “It’s a                   “The RISE fellowship gives people the tools, knowledge,
   noteworthy commitment to diversity and inclusion to                experience, ability, and support to be as successful as they
   have university leadership in one room, talking about              can be. It opens your eyes, mind, and heart to listen, help
   diversity and inclusion progress and challenges.”                  support, and expand the plethora of knowledge on social
                                                                      equity, equality, and diversity.” –RISE Fellow 2017-18
      Getting many different departments, colleges, and
   administrative units that are fairly autonomous to                 “I learned so much about myself and others during every
   collaborate on one diversity plan is obviously difficult,          point of the RISE Fellowship, from pre-conference training
   Reyes says, but it also means that people from many                to presenting my research at the RISE conference. I believe
   different backgrounds are informing this work. In this             I am a much better communicator, researcher, and a better
                                                                      person overall as a result … Overall, understanding where
   sense, Texas A&M’s size “is a unique challenge but also
                                                                      others are coming from has been immensely helpful to me
   one of our greatest strengths.”                                    in my personal life and professional development.” –Rise
      “I can’t say enough how grateful the Office for                 Fellow 2017-18
   Diversity is that there are people in our campus and
   community who are willing to really engage in this work,           “I was able to open my mind about the many issues that
                                                                      occur every day. I was unaware of many things because
   because reviewing and scoring the reports is intense,” she
                                                                      they did not apply to me. My experience as a RISE Fellow
   says of the PCCD members who volunteer their time                  allowed me to see what I was either turning my head from
   for the council. “Year after year, they’re willing to do the       or just not recognizing.” –RISE Fellow 2017-18
   work and ask the right questions. None of this would be
   possible without that level of commitment and service to
   the university and to the state of Texas.”
                                                                   small, one-day gathering to the robust, multi-layered
   Race Identity and Social Equity Initiative                      program that it is today.
   The Race Identity and Social Equity (RISE) Initiative             Currently, Erika Garcia, a diversity education
   is a multifaceted effort to support undergraduate               specialist in the Department of Multicultural Services,
   research, promote the study of DEI in higher                    serves as the co-coordinator of the RISE Initiative
   education, and provide a brave space for conversations          with Dawson.
   on campus climate and underrepresented experiences                Each spring, individual colleges and departments
   at Texas A&M.                                                   nominate high-achieving undergraduates for the

Members of Texas A&M’s Race Identity and Social Equity          Until the 1960s, admission to Texas A&M was restricted to White
        Fellowship program attend the National Conference on Race       male students. Today, nearly half of students are women and 36
        and Ethnicity in Higher Education.                              percent are from underrepresented ethnic or racial backgrounds.

           RISE fellowship program. Once fellows are selected,              College of Education and Human Development
           they participate in on-campus social justice training
           and in May attend the National Conference on                 •   How the angry Black woman stereotype affects
           Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education                  Texas A&M student experiences
             The five-day event includes more than 5,000                •   How politics and current events affect Muslim
           participants from across the U.S. and can be life-               American engagement with higher education
           changing for young scholars, says Dawson. It is also
           costly, with travel, lodging, and fees adding up to          •   How to address burnout for DEI professionals.
           $1,600 to $2,000 per person, he says.
             “The (academic) departments, colleges, and units           The fellows present this research and participate
           are actually the ones sponsoring students to attend        in panel discussions on topics related to DEI at
           NCORE,” says Dawson. “It’s fully paid, from travel         Texas A&M each spring at the RISE Conference.
           to and from the airport, airfare, lodging, food …          Faculty, staff, and other students present research,
           everything is taken care of, so the students don’t have    exhibit innovative DEI programs and initiatives,
           to spend a penny.”                                         host discussions, and lead workshops at the event,
             Along with program staff, a Texas A&M                    which is strictly for the Texas A&M community. The
           psychologist accompanies the students to NCORE, as         conference is a time to reflect on challenges, listen to
           the experience “can be very impactful and emotional        underrepresented perspectives, and learn about the
           for students who may be learning about and dealing         DEI work being done across campus, says Dawson.
           with difficult topics for the first time,” Dawson says.      “A lot of discussion at the RISE conference just
           Dr. Iris Carrillo has served in this role since 2018 and   focuses on the experiences of students on our campus,
           provides self-care training and as-needed assistance to    how to be aware of what’s going on, and how to
           RISE fellows throughout their time in the program.         address things such as racism, microaggressions, or
             In the fall, each fellow conducts advanced DEI           anti-LGBTQ sentiment,” he says. “It’s a brave space
           research by either joining a faculty research project      where we can have these discussions and consider
           or conducting their own project with the support of        what we can do to make things better.”●
           Texas A&M’s Office for Diversity.
             Current RISE research topics include:                    Mariah Bohanon is the senior editor of INSIGHT Into
                                                                      Diversity. Texas A&M University is a 2019 Diversity
             •    How to increase the number of Black community       Champion and a 2019 Higher Education Excellence
                  college students who transfer to the Texas A&M      in Diversity (HEED) Award recipient.

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Clemson University has been a top-ranked public university by U.S. News & World Report for 12 consecutive
years. The University has been classified as a Carnegie R1 research university that creates economic
opportunities. Faculty, staff and students contribute to Clemson’s national reputation as a great place to
study, live and work, and the University invites others to learn more about career opportunities at To promote inclusive excellence, the University’s Men of Color National Summit works to
increase the number of African American and Hispanic males who finish high school and complete college.

• Call Me MISTER® increases the pool of available teachers from a
  broader, more diverse background.
• The Charles H. Houston Center for the Study of the Black Experience
  in Education examines issues that impact the educational experiences
  of African Americans.
• Clemson Career Workshop supports college readiness of high-achieving
  students from diverse populations.
• Emerging Scholars helps establish a college-going culture among
  students from the state’s economically disadvantaged areas.                     The summit is open to high school
• The Erwin Center Summer Scholars Program gives students from                     and college students, community
  HBCUs and other universities an opportunity to engage with marketing,               leaders and professionals.
  advertising and communication professionals.
• The Harvey and Lucinda Gantt Multicultural Center supports and
  advocates for all Clemson students’ needs while providing diverse and                SAVE THE DATE
  experiential learning opportunities.                                              Men of Color National Summit
• PEER/WISE provides collaborative experiences for underrepresented                       April 15-16, 2021
  students and women in science and engineering.
• Tiger Alliance mentors and prepares African American and Hispanic
  high school males for college entrance and success.

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Announcing the Winners of the INSIGHT
      Into Diversity Study Abroad Scholarship
      for Underrepresented Students
      By Mariah Stewart

      INSIGHT Into Diversity is proud to announce the
      2020 winners of the INSIGHT Into Diversity Study
      Abroad Scholarship for Underrepresented Students.
         Majesty Drumwright, Melissa Flores, and Elizabeth
      Caraballo Torrealba — three talented students from
      across the United States — were each awarded $2,000
      toward their international education programs.
         The scholarship is part of a continuous effort by
      INSIGHT Into Diversity to improve educational equity
      for all students, especially those from underrepresented
      backgrounds who may not traditionally be afforded the
      ability or opportunity to study in another country.
         Data has shown there are multiple benefits to             To be considered eligible for the INSIGHT
      studying abroad, including increased retention and           Into Diversity Study Abroad Scholarship for
      graduation rates, according to a 2017 report by the          Underrepresented Students, applicants must fulfill
      Institute of International Education (IIE). It is            the following requirements:
      one of the most dynamic ways to make a student’s
      résumé stand out as they look to gain experience             • Be a U.S. citizen.
      in their field of study and enter the workforce.
                                                                   • Be from an underrepresented group based on
      Institutions of higher education and recruiters know
                                                                     race, ethnicity, LGBTQ or Veteran status, or have
      that international education enhances teamwork and
                                                                     a physical disability.
      cultural competency skills.
         The percentage of U.S. students who study abroad          • Be a current full-time student in good standing
      has tripled in the last 30 years, according to IIE. Yet        at an accredited institution of higher education,
      diversity and inclusion in these programs continue to          including 4-year baccalaureate-granting
      lag, with only a quarter of participants coming from           institutions, law schools, graduate schools, or
      underrepresented racial or ethnic backgrounds. Special         health professions schools.
      programs and support such as the INSIGHT Into
                                                                   • Be in the process of applying to or have been
      Diversity scholarships can help change that statistic.
                                                                     accepted into a study abroad program of at
         More than 200 applicants from colleges and                  least four weeks in a single country (U.S. State
      universities across the country applied for the Summer         Department Level 1 or 2 location) outside of the
      and Fall 2020 scholarship. Three winners were selected         United States. Proof of program acceptance is
      from this pool of diverse, academically driven students.       required prior to scholarship disbursement.
         “We know that so many underrepresented students
      are not aware of study abroad opportunities or don’t         • Not be a previous recipient of an INSIGHT Into
      have the financial resources to even consider applying,”       Diversity Study Abroad Scholarship
      says Lenore Pearlstein, co-publisher of INSIGHT Into
                                                                   All applicants must submit a completed
      Diversity. “We are so thrilled to be able to support
                                                                   online application, proof of U.S. citizenship,
      these young people to not only have the experience of        current college transcript, proof of acceptance
      a lifetime, but also be able to bring their learned skills   into a study abroad program, and a faculty
      into their everyday life and their future career paths.”     recommendation letter. For more information, visit
         The recipients of the INSIGHT Into Diversity Study
      Abroad Scholarship for Underrepresented Students are
      as follows:

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