Every February, we take time to focus our attention on the sacrifices, contributions, and accomplishments that Black Americans have made to the world in pursuit of justice and equality. In recognition and celebration of Black History Month, I am pleased to highlight aspects of NAFSA’s year-round commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, social justice, and well-being in international education.
As the editor of NAFSA's best-selling book, Social Justice and International Education, I believe that social justice principles must be at the center of our work as international educators. My commitments to access, equity, and inclusive excellence inform my roles as NAFSA’s president and board chair and as senior director of fellowships at George Mason University.
International education empowers and inspires students, scholars, and professionals to be open-minded, critical thinkers who can approach the pressing issues of society—including public health, democratic freedom, social justice, and climate change—from multiple perspectives.
The compilation that follows demonstrates the breadth of NAFSA’s dedication to diversifying student participation in international education opportunities—and, as importantly, diversifying our profession itself. I encourage you to review these resources and recommit yourself to taking action in your communities, at home and abroad, to build and strengthen connections across differences.
Let's continue to collaborate to advance this important work.
Events and programs
- Diversity and Internationalization Summit on February 2, 2022 (at capacity; join the waitlist)
- RISE Fellowship
- Award for Impact in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
- NAFSA Tamara H. Bryant Memorial Scholarship
International Educator magazine articles
- “Beyond the Basics: Addressing DEI Blind Spots on Global Campuses”
- “Social Justice Pedagogy: A Conceptual Framework for All International Educators”
- “Meet Them Where they Are: Supporting LGBTQ International Students”
- “Sea Change: A Conversation about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Within International Education” (also available on the *IE* podcast)
- “Strategies for Countering Unconscious Bias in the Classroom”
- “Overlapping Goals: Tips for Working with the Diversity Office”
- “ADA In Education Abroad”
- “An Antiracist Framework for Education Abroad”
- “We Are Part of the Solution”
- “Four Ways to Create a Culture of Belonging in the International Office”
- “Andrew Gordon: Advancing the Work of Diversity and Inclusion”
- “How International Education Can Help Advance Social Justice”
- “Encouraging Courageous Conversations”
- “Take 5: Social Justice and International Education Edition”
- “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Education Abroad: A 2020 Perspective”
- “Five Black Voices on the Importance of Discussing Racism with International Students”
- “To Diversify Education Abroad Participation, Start with Advisers”
NAFSA books and publications
- Social Justice and International Education
- Promoting Inclusion in Education Abroad
- Advising International Students with Disabilities
- Education Abroad Advising to Students with Disabilities
- Exploring Education Abroad: A Guide for Racial and Ethnic Minority Participants
Other NAFSA resources
- “NAFSA Stands in Solidarity Against Hate” blog post
- NAFSA’s Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access page
- NAFSA’s policy priorities, including the Senator Paul Simon Study Abroad Program Act and establishing a national strategy for international education
- Resources for promoting diversity and inclusion in education abroad
- “International Students are Critical to Fighting Two Pandemics: COVID-19 and Systemic Racism” blog post