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CIEE and Diversity Abroad Partner to Increase Access and Diversity in Study Abroad

August 22, 2013

Two leaders in study abroad join efforts to create a series of annual workshops aimed at training professionals in how to overcome the leading barriers to international education. 

Two of the world’s leading organizations in the field of international education are joining in an effort to increase access to and diversity in undergraduate study abroad. CIEE, the world leader in international education and exchange, and Diversity Abroad, the leading organization focused on connecting diverse students and young professionals with meaningful international opportunities, are partnering to develop a series of active, collaborative workshops focused on examining best practices and creating solutions to the widespread obstacles that exist to international educational experiences. 

CIEE and Diversity Abroad have committed to delivering three workshops each year to study abroad professionals who are change agents at their organizations and who seek to develop or enhance their knowledge, skills, and competencies in increasing access, fostering diversity, and creating an inclusive environment for education abroad on campus. Each workshop will be fully funded by CIEE and Diversity Abroad to ensure all schools, regardless of available resources for training and development, have the opportunity to participate.   

The process of selecting 20 highly engaged participants for the first Diversity Abroad Future Leaders Summit will begin in late August 2013. Each one-day session will provide an interactive forum for education, innovation, and sharing of best practices by leaders in the field with the goal to train higher education professionals in effective ways to increase diversity in international education by overcoming the three leading barriers to study abroad: cost, curriculum, and culture. 

According to data drawn from the U.S. National Center for Education Statistics and Open Doors, between 2000 and 2009/10 the number of postsecondary students from diverse racial/ethnic backgrounds in the U.S. increased by about 6.3 percent of total, yet study abroad participation by this group only increased by about 5.7 percent of total during the same period. “On a relative basis to the growth in diversity of postsecondary students nationwide, the percentage of students studying abroad from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds slightly decreased over the last decade in spite of many initiatives, conferences and lectures,” said Andrew Gordon, founder and president of Diversity Abroad. “Our goal for the Future Leaders Summit is to increase access and diversity in study abroad by examining best practices and brainstorming new solutions. By working together, we believe CIEE and Diversity Abroad can help facilitate the sharing of best practices, research, and solutions to future leaders in the field. Our collective effort will be focused on identifying best practices that have the highest potential to begin to reverse this trend.” 

Each Future Leaders Summit will include lectures, case studies, and break-out sessions—facilitated by leaders in the field including higher education professionals and university faculty and administrators—that are designed to promote networking and collaboration between participants to teach current solutions to study abroad challenges and to stimulate new ideas. Summit participants will walk away with important tools and advice on how higher education professionals can influence programs and services on their campuses to increase participation in education abroad by a wide and diverse population of students.

“Virtually every college president in America has expressed a vision to internationalize—to increase access to life-changing international programs—and yet we know how hard it is to overcome these barriers,” explained CIEE Vice President and Chief Operating Officer David Fougere. “We know that a single intervention, like more scholarships, is not sufficient to make a difference. We need to harness the power of multiple interventions and coordinate our efforts if we are to be successful in helping university leaders achieve their vision.”

As part of the partnership with Diversity Abroad, CIEE has committed to incorporating exemplary and innovative solutions developed during Future Leaders Summits into future study abroad programming. By doing so, CIEE will be providing participants and the field of international education with concrete pilot programs deemed of high potential as well as possible future models that others might adopt to increase access and diversity. 

The partnership between CIEE and Diversity Abroad is a natural extension of the two organizations’ long-standing commitments to making study abroad available to all students, no matter their backgrounds or academic majors. “For the past 65 years, CIEE has offered access to the highest quality educational and cultural programs that increase global understanding and intercultural knowledge,” said Fougere. “This commitment is at the core of Diversity Abroad’s mission, making them the perfect partner as we work to train the field in innovative ways to increase diversity in international education.”

Details on how to participate in upcoming Future Leaders Summits will be available August 22 at and


Steve Amendo

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A nonprofit, non-governmental organization, CIEE is the world leader in international education and exchange. For 65 years, CIEE has helped thousands of students, professionals, and educators gain the knowledge and skills necessary to live and work in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world by offering the most comprehensive, relevant, and valuable exchange programs available. Today, CIEE offers more than 200 study abroad programs for college and university students in more than 40 countries and 60 cities worldwide.


Diversity Abroad Network

The Diversity Abroad Network (Diversity Network) is a leading professional association dedicated to increasing access, advancing inclusive excellence, and fostering diversity in international education and exchange. The Diversity Network was founded to provide international educators and other academic professionals with the good practices, professional development, and advising resources needed to ensure that all their students have access to the academic, career, and personal benefits afforded through meaningful international education opportunities, abroad, and at their home institutions.




CIEE adjunct faculty Ken Nealy
Kenneth Nealy

Ken Nealy, an adjunct faculty for the Business, Language and Culture program at the CIEE Shanghai Study Center, recently helped facilitate the first Congressional Black Caucus delegation to China, which was sponsored by the Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs (CPIFA). 

Read more about the visit, which included a meeting with Vice Premier Liu Yandong, the highest ranking female government official in China.


New CIEE Resident Directors

Please join us in welcoming our newest CIEE Resident Directors! 

Abu Bakr Al Ani, Resident Director, Sharjah 

Abu Bakr Al Ani (Abu for short) has always been fascinated with languages and cultures. During his seven years in Dubai, Abu has held a variety of professional positions including translator, copywriter, and teacher. He holds degrees in English translation, TESOL, and is currently studying MATI at the American University of Sharjah. In his free time, Abu spends time playing sports with friends; roaming the vast shopping malls of the UAE with his wife and kids, reading, and cooking meals from around the world.

Dr. Eial Dujovny, Resident Director, Haifa

Dr. Eial Dujovny will be joining CIEE as the new Resident Director for the soon to be inaugurated Haifa Study Center.  Over the past year and a half he has been based in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu where he served as the Resident Director for a US-based study abroad program. 

Dr. Dujovny earned a PhD in Environmental Anthropology researching environmental conflicts over fishing grounds between fishers and non-fishers in the Indian State of Odisha.  Prior to pursuing a PhD, Dr. Dujovny worked in the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of International Activities and managed transboundary watershed projects in the Baltic States and Russia.  He holds an MA in International Environmental Policy from the Monterey Institute of International Studies and a bachelor’s degree in Russian Studies and International Relations from Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel. 

A native of Israel, Dr. Dujovny has lived and worked on three continents and has been fortunate enough to participate in study abroad programs in Israel (Jerusalem), Lithuania (Klaipeda), and Spain (Barcelona). He met his wife while on a summer study program on Lake Baikal in Siberia and they have three children together.



KuoRay Mao, Resident Director, Beijing

KuoRay Mao is a PhD candidate in sociology at the University of Kansas. He will defend his doctorate in fall 2013. Before joining CIEE, he worked as a visiting research scholar at the Chinese Academy of Sciences Agricultural Policy Center. He also taught globalization and sustainability at the University of Kansas, Baker University, and Lanzhou University in China. In addition, he worked as a coordinator for the international educational exchange program of Lanzhou University in 2011. His research interests include globalization, environmental migration, sustainability in China, as well as Asian American acculturation.

Since 2006, he has conducted research in Northwestern China every year including doing ethnographical research on desertification in rural Gansu for 18 months. KuoRay is the recipient of U.S. Fulbright Scholar Award, National Science Foundation EAPSI Grant, Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship, and the Marvin Olson Award from the American Sociological Association. He was born in Taiwan and moved to the U.S. when he was 15.


Basetsana Maposa, Resident Director, Gaborone

Ms. Basetsana Maposa has two Masters Degrees, one in Public Health and the other in International Affairs with a focus on African Studies from Ohio University, as well as her Bachelor of Science (BSc) Cum Laude in Business Administration with a minor in Marketing from Mansfield University. She has extensive experience working in health, youth leadership, human rights and educational development. She joins CIEE after her tenure at Research Triangle Institute (RTI) International, Botswana Most-At-Risk Population (MARPS) HIV Prevention Program where she was a Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Specialist and later Organizational capacity and development Advisor.

Basetsana has also worked for Academy for Educational Development (AED), Capable Partners Program (CAP) Center on AIDS and Community Health as a Monitoring and Evaluation Officer. She has also worked with the Botswana Ministry of Health; mainly with government and non-governmental stakeholders to coordinate and implement school health programs and youth interventions.


Hope Martinez, Resident Director, Havana

Hope will be joining CIEE as the Resident Director at the new Study Center in Havana. Hope is a  Doctoral Candidate in Cultural Anthropology at American University. Since September 2012 she has been doing field research in Cuba as a Research Resident at the Juan Marinello Institute for Cultural Research with a National Science Foundation Dissertation Research Improvement Grant. For two years, Hope led American University’s Semester Abroad program in Cuba through the Casa de las Ámericas. Before beginning graduate school she worked with Witness for Peace in Oaxaca, Mexico and Havana, Cuba leading short-term study delegations. She has an MA in Public Anthropology from American University and a BA in Anthropology/Sociology and Spanish with a concentration in Latin American Studies from Guilford College.

Born in Tallahassee, Florida she had amazing experiences as an undergraduate studying abroad in Guadalajara, Mexico and Havana, Cuba. In Havana, she enjoys getting to know her neighbors, taking in the city’s cultural offerings and watching new films at Cuba’s only (air-conditioned!) multi-plex cinema around the corner from her apartment.



Felicitas Rabiger, Resident Director, Uppsala

Felicitas was born in Erlangen, Germany, where she grew up and went to school. However, after graduating, she was eager to explore the world and went on to study and live in several countries. She holds a Bachelor's degree in English/American Studies and Intercultural Communications from Bayreuth University, Germany as well as an M.A. double degree in European Studies from Groningen University, the Netherlands and Uppsala University, Sweden. During her studies, she also spent an exchange year at University College Dublin, Ireland. Since 2010, she has been living in Sweden, both in the towns of Uppsala and Linköping, where she worked with international students at both Uppsala University and Linköping University. She likes to go out hiking in the Swedish forests, reading good books, listening to good music and doing a lot of yoga. Back in Germany, she has two sisters, three dogs and a cat, and she comes back regularly to see them.


Renée Spruit, Resident Director, Amsterdam

Renée Spruit is origionally from the northern Netherlands and earned her Bachelor's degree in communications in Utrecht, twice participating in study abroad as an undergraduate: at Seneca College in Tonronto, Canada and in Cape Town, South Africa. She holds a Master's degree from the University of Amsterdam in sociology with a focus on migration and ethnic studies.

Five years ago Renée joined CIEE as the Resident Coordinator in Amsterdam. She has also served as Summer Resident Director and Acting Resident Director. She has since woked with all aspects of the program: academics, housing, program development, and office management. Renée loves working with international students and seeing both the excitement on arrival day and the progress they make until their departure. She is fascinated by the process of how we make a new place a home (even if for just a little while).

Her interests include working on a charitable organization she co-founded, Where Opportunities Work, as well as swimming, studying French, and Traveling.  Renée replaces Hannah huber who has departed to spend more time with her young children.


Jennifer Stewart, Resident Director, Khon Kaen CPH 

Ms. Jennifer Stewart is the new Resident Director for the Community Public Health Program in Khon Kaen, Thailand.  She earned a B.S. in Nutrition Science and a B.S. in International Studies from Penn State University in 2002.  She attended CIEE’s Development and Globalization program in Khon Kaen in the summer of 2001 and was a CIEE intern in Khon Kaen in the fall of 2002.  She completed a year as an Americorps VISTA before earning her B.S. in Nursing in 2005 from Duquesne University.  After working as an RN in Labor and Delivery and in Women’s Health, she earned her Master’s of Science in Nursing from the University of Pittsburgh.  She since worked as a Family Nurse Practitioner in homecare and in a rural, Federally Qualified Health Center. She completed coursework in Thai Language at the University of Wisconsin’s SEASSI program in 2007.  Last year, she worked with CIEE Khon Kaen as a Global Health Fellow.  She enjoys yoga, running, traveling, foreign languages, and nutrition/good food.



Beth West, Resident Director, Guanajuato

Beth completed her undergraduate education at Fordham University at the Rose Hill Campus in Bronx, New York, majoring in Political Science. She received her MA in International Education from the SIT Graduate Institute (formerly School for International Training) in Brattleboro, VT.

Her previous professional experience includes work with the Fulbright program in Colombia, as Director of the Centro de Consejeria Educativa (EducationUSA Advising Center) in Colombia, and more recently as Director of Exchange Programs at the Prepa Ibero at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. She also brings with her diverse experience in non-profit humanitarian aid program management, and international education.

For the past five years she has lived in Mexico City and Bogota, Colombia. She is a devoted practitioner of Vinyasa yoga, an avid reader and traveler, a big Yankees fan, and is a self-proclaimed foodie. Beth took up residence at the CIEE Mexico study center in May 2013. She is loving exploring and learning more about the amazing city of Guanajuato with her partner, Rafa.


CIEE Participant Featured in TCU Magazine


CIEE Participant Amy Otte
Summer Sports+Society Participant, Amy Otte

Amy Otte, a TCU junior and participant in the CIEE  Sports+Society: Baseball in Context summer program in the Dominican Republic was profiled in a recent edition of the university's community publication. 

A double major in Spanish and accounting, Otte is interested in pursuing a career as the director of Latin American Relations for a Major League club. She was eager to explore, and deepen her understanding of, game's role and place in Domincan society and culture.  

Read the article, here.