Open Meeting
Event Date Event Time Registration Deadline Registration
July 15, 2020 1:01 pm - 2:02 pm TBD Registration Closed

July 15 | 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. EDT

In this Open Meeting hosted by the Education Abroad Knowledge Community's Diversity and Inclusion and Financing Education Abroad subcommittees, discussion will center on the financial impacts on underrepresented students related to education abroad. Like many crisis management situations, the COVID-19 pandemic raised feelings of uncertainty and fear among communities, locally and abroad.

While the virus is not particularly selective in who it infects, evidence in the United States shows low-income communities are more likely to be exposed. Consequently, the economic fallout is more pronounced within low-income communities, shining a spotlight of the underlying wealth inequalities in the United States, inequities that fall along lines of race, gender, and immigration statuses. For the field of higher education, where many institutions have been actively implementing diversity and inclusion initiatives to increase access to education abroad, the economic fallout will most likely to affect those initiatives.

Meeting Objectives

  • Reflect on how recent events have added an additional barrier to education abroad programs for diverse and low-income communities
  • Leverage the expertise and experiences of the network to brainstorm what we can do to support these students

Katey Palumbo

Katey Palumbo
Worcester State University
Content Coordinator for Advocacy and Regulatory, Education Abroad Knowledge Community (EAKC)
Katey Palumbo, the director of international programs at Worcester State University, has worked in the field of international education for more than 15 years. Palumbo currently oversees international student and scholar advising as well as study abroad/study away advising and the development of...

Irene Scott

Irene Scott
Texas A&M University
Leadership Cultivation Content Coordinator and Co-Chair, EA Diversity and Inclusion Subcommittee
Irene Scott is a program manager at Texas A&M University. In this role, she oversees processes and implementation of non-university sponsored programs for transfer credit, is the departmental liaison for Texas A&M Disability Resources, and serves on committees for diversity excellence (Texas A&M ADA...

Asinda Sirignano

Asinda Sirignano
University of Michigan
Co-Chair, Diversity & Inclusion in Education Abroad Subcommittee
Asinda Sirignano has worked in the field of international education for 12 years and currently serves as the co-chair of the NAFSA Subcommittee on Diversity and Inclusion. As the Global Engagement Project Manager within the University of Michigan's Provost’s Office, Asinda provides campus-wide...