Supporting Students Abroad in a World of Microaggressions


A microaggression is defined as a subtle but offensive comment or action directed at a minority or other nondominant group that is often unintentional or unconsciously reinforces a stereotype. In recent years, many universities have sought to raise awareness among faculty, staff and students about microaggressions that regularly occur on college campuses, particularly towards students and faculty of color.

This collegial conversation will examine common microaggressions that students have experienced while abroad and allow panelists to share how they, as education abroad professionals, have (or wish they would have) navigated such situations. The panelists will represent a variety of geographic regions and program types. This session is intended to raise general awareness around a topic that isn't always discussed within the context of international education and to create a space where professionals in our field can share resources, questions, and best practices to better support our students.

Join us September 28 at 2:00 p.m. (EST) for this important conversation.

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Diana Arízaga
Diana Arízaga is the director of IFSA-Butler Mexico Programs since its start, in 2003. She has an MA in art and design from IADE, Madrid, Spain and is currently completing a second MA in transgenerational psychology at IET, Mexico City. Diana has been working in the field international education for 25 years in various capacities, sending and hosting students to and from Mexico, the United States, and Spain. While living and working in the U.S., part of her responsibilities were to prepare students to go abroad, as well as lead undergraduate US students in short programs to various destinations. She is currently the director of IFSA-Butler Mexico programs, based in Merida, Yucatan, where she has lived for the last 15 years. More recently she has been involved in the creation and implementation of IFSA-Butler C&C course and is a co-coach/trainer of C&C infusion initiative for all IFSA-Butler programs world wide.

Shontay Delalue, PhD
Brown University
Dr. Delalue is the interim vice president for institutional equity and diversity at Brown University. She oversees the Diversity & Inclusion Action Plan, a 10-year $165 million university commitment, process compliance pertaining to discrimination and harassment as well as pipeline programs such as the Brown Tougaloo Partnership and the Presidential Diversity Post-Doctoral Fellows. Dr. Delalue’s work spans both cultural and geographical regions. Her doctoral research used critical race theory to explore the dichotomy that arises from African and Caribbean students who are categorized as “black” in a U.S. context. Her professional work focuses on areas of cultural awareness, international race relations, and racial categorization in the U.S. She also holds an adjunct assistant professorship in American studies.

DuBois Jennings
Susquehanna University
DuBois Jennings received a master's degree in international education from the School for International Education (S.I.T.). His focus has been on faculty and staff development to increase study abroad access and inclusivity for marginalized student populations. For the practicum component of his degree, DuBois created a pilot re-entry program for underserved students at Hamilton College. He hopes to create programs like this and others in his new position as study abroad adviser at Susquehanna University. DuBois also serves on the IFSA-Butler Race and Ethnicity Inclusive Excellence Working Group.