Beyond the Single Story Presentation

Picture this scene. You’re at a professional conference for study abroad professionals. You’re eager to connect with colleagues and be reenergized to continue making the field a more welcoming place for students from diverse backgrounds. The slate of presentations is full of opportunities to do just that. As you go from session to session you’re… Continue reading Beyond the Single Story Presentation

How to Manage Negative Emotions While Abroad

The first time I went abroad for an extended period as a student was isolating. Yeah, it was not the happiest time of my life. I certainly don’t regret it but there’s plenty of hard memories associated with it. And I didn’t fully admit that until I returned. I definitely didn’t admit that there were… Continue reading How to Manage Negative Emotions While Abroad

Disability Inclusive Marketing in Study Abroad

Everyone wants to be inclusive. Being inclusive is being respectful and welcoming. But in practical terms what does being inclusive look like? How can disability topics be addressed outside of one-on-one conversations with an individual? There are a number of strategies you can use to market study abroad programs in a disability inclusive manner. Here,… Continue reading Disability Inclusive Marketing in Study Abroad

The Conversation I Should’ve Had BEFORE the Faculty-Led Study Abroad

This season of reflection has brought me to unpacking my experience on a faculty-led study abroad to the beautiful country of Tanzania. This trip was a required part of my master’s program. From the information we we given I did what I could to prepare. I disclosed my physical disability when I was asked to… Continue reading The Conversation I Should’ve Had BEFORE the Faculty-Led Study Abroad

Disability Inclusion as Part of Your International Education Brand

Disability is a natural part of diversity. But could it be that it's such a natural part that we've nearly forgotten it at times? Or perhaps there is an unconscious bias that influences the lack of disability inclusion? Why is it that even when diversity is discussed the conversation rarely addresses disability? Why is that… Continue reading Disability Inclusion as Part of Your International Education Brand

The Essential Guide to Disability Disclosure in International Education

Disclosure is sharing something that was previously unknown. Disclosure is complex and influenced by more factors than may be realized. Factors such as self-identity, personality, disability type, context, and previous experience all color the topic and experience of disclosure. It’s complicated but learning about what really colors the topic is an important first step in… Continue reading The Essential Guide to Disability Disclosure in International Education

A Beginner’s Guide to Addressing Disability Questions in Study Abroad

There are so many variables to consider when anyone goes abroad. Many times the additional variables that people with various disabilities bring to the table can feel even more intimidating for both the person considering going abroad and the professional helping them through the process. Obviously, each person is a unique individual disabled or not.… Continue reading A Beginner’s Guide to Addressing Disability Questions in Study Abroad

Planning for Re-Entry After an International Experience

So, you've gone abroad and returned home or you've sent students abroad and they have returned home. Now what? What did that experience mean? What do you do with the feelings that have come up upon returned home? You might be reading this after returning home and you're feeling stuck. These thoughts and tips are… Continue reading Planning for Re-Entry After an International Experience

Expanding Mental Health Awareness in International Education

Mental health issues are a complex and often overwhelming set of issues in the international education world. These issues have been around all along but in recent years they've come out of the shadows. That's a great start! But as mental health issues come out of the shadows we are faced with so many questions!… Continue reading Expanding Mental Health Awareness in International Education

Building Self-Advocacy Skills While Abroad

Have you ever fallen for the idea that self-advocacy involves only one person? You aren't alone if you said yes. But I want you to step out and consider another perspective on self-advocacy at least for a moment. Our lives are lived in community with other people and our actions and conversations are influenced by… Continue reading Building Self-Advocacy Skills While Abroad