Promoting Inclusion in Education Abroad
A Handbook of Research and Practice

Foreword by Esther D. Brimmer
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While education abroad – including studying, volunteering, researching, and interning abroad – is increasingly emphasized as a critical factor in preparing undergraduates for a globally interconnected world, diversifying the pool of participants in such activities has proven challenging. Framed within the concept of “inclusive excellence” with the objective of promoting diversity, inclusion, and equity in higher education as foundational to educational excellence, the contributors present research and practices that have been proven successful in improving participation among groups of students traditionally underrepresented in education abroad.

Broader participation in education abroad programming has been a perennial concern at numerous higher education institutions in the U.S., having prompted countless discussions in professional organizations and across campuses among faculty, staff, and students. Many have come to recognize that overseas opportunities are no longer a luxury and instead are a necessity for job seekers entering a more diverse, globally interconnected workplace.

The volume offers a combination of research-based chapters and case studies from leading experts on the barriers that disproportionately impact specific groups of students, including: students with disabilities; first-generation college students; undocumented students; racial and ethnic minorities; science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) majors; and males. The authors illuminate the issues which may inhibit education abroad participation, from individual to institutional, and present strategies reflecting a broad range of institutional contexts, resources, and needs.

While there has been significant discussion and action to promote broader inclusion in education abroad, this is the first volume focusing on research and practice to achieve these ends, and is intended as a critical resource for practitioners and scholars alike.

Table of Contents:
Part I: Framing the Discussion
1) Making the Case for Inclusion in Education Abroad
2) Underrepresentation in Education Abroad: A Review of Contemporary Research and Future Opportunities

Part II: Research & Practice
3) Students of Color and Study Abroad: From Barriers to Results
4) First-Generation College Students and Study Abroad: Examining the Participation Gap and Successful Strategies for Promoting Access
5) There and Back Again: A Study Abroad Journey with Men
6) Commitments that Work: Removing Barriers for Students with Disabilities in Education Abroad
7) Promoting Education Abroad Among Community College Students: Overcoming Obstacles and Developing Inclusive Practices
8) Strategies for Mobilizing Students in the Sciences: A Case Study
9) Engineers Abroad: Opportunities for Sophomores in International Education
10) Undocumented Students and Access to Education Abroad

Part III: Next Steps
11) A Way Forward: Advocacy and Action
11) Concluding Thoughts and Moving Forward


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Reviews & Endorsements:
"Access has been the primary focus of education abroad professionals' diversity concerns for decades. This volume provides a compelling argument for shifting our attention to inclusion and success as essential methods for increasing the quality and value of education abroad for all students. By presenting research, as a foundation for model practices, this volume offers new directions for scholarship while presenting practitioners with recommendations and practical tools for advancing inclusive excellence."
- David Wick, Assistant Professor, International Education Management , Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey
"As the demographics of student populations continue to evolve a greater understanding of pathways towards excellence are essential. High impact practices like study abroad are quickly becoming the rule rather than the exception. This book provides an excellent foundation for professionals dedicated to diversity and inclusion in international education. The writers examine a complete spectrum of identities and their intersections. They provide insight into a series of topics rarely discussed in the academe."
- Aaron Bruce, Ph.D.. Chief Diversity Officer , San Diego State University