In facilitating efforts to engage all education abroad participants, it is important to be mindful of diverse needs of underrepresented students. This recognition is even more pronounced when the program faculty or staff are from majority groups. In this Collegial Conversation, panelists will answer your questions and provide advice on inclusive practices and strategies for program leaders on developing a program, recruiting, advising, being an effective ally, and supporting students from underrepresented populations.

Akil Kokayi Khalfani, PhD

Akil Kokayi Khalfani
Essex County College
Akil Kokayi Khalfani, PhD, is a change agent, motivational speaker, ambassador, author, and professor. He is director for the Center for Global Education and Experiences, and the director of the Africana Institute and associate professor of sociology at Essex County College. Khalfani is the host and...

Kory Saunders

Kory Saunders
NC State University
Kory M. Saunders, she, her, hers, is a graduate of Hampton University where she earned a BS in marketing and BA in Spanish. During her matriculation, she completed a two week-short term program in Spain and a five-week intensive language program in Mexico. Post graduation from Hampton University...

Hernando Sevilla-Garcia

Hernando Sevilla-Garcia
IES Abroad
Hernando Sevilla-Garcia is a senior diversity relations manager for IES Abroad. After spending a year in the organization's academics department as a program associate, he now works to increase the participation of underrepresented students in study abroad. During his undergraduate career he studied...

Darin Smith-Gaddis

Darin Smith-Gaddis
CAPA The Global Education Network
Over the past decade, Darin has made significant and numerous contributions to improving access, equity, and inclusion for students, faculty, and administrators in the field of education abroad. Currently as CAPA’s manager of institutional relations, equity and inclusion Initiatives, he develops...