Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access

NAFSA believes that international education advances learning and scholarship and fosters understanding and respect among people of diverse backgrounds and perspectives. International education lies at the core of an interconnected world characterized by diversity, equity, inclusion, access, and social justice.

Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

NAFSA believes that diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are not just words but essential principles that drive our mission and define our global identity. Read our updated Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement, approved by the NAFSA Board in December 2023.

Award for Impact in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

This award honors a NAFSA member who has shown commitment to advocating for the interests of under-represented populations; improving recruitment and retention of underrepresented populations, or incorporating diversity or anti-oppression training in international education programming.

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NAFSA RISE Fellowship

NAFSA proudly supports our diversity, equity, and inclusion program: the NAFSA RISE (Representation, Inclusion, Support, and Empowerment) Fellowship. This program provides selected applicants from underrepresented communities with continued learning and engagement opportunities. Participants gain access to resources and tools to help them give back to their institutions and communities.

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NAFSA Tamara H. Bryant Memorial Scholarship

NAFSA and the Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) created the NAFSA Tamara H. Bryant Memorial Scholarship to increase diversity and inclusion in study abroad. The scholarship generates opportunities for African-American undergraduate students to study abroad and gain valuable experiences.

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International Education, Affirmative Action, and Diversity Bans

NAFSA’s associational values articulate a belief that international education lies at the core of an interconnected world characterized by diversity, equity, inclusion, social justice, and well-being for all. This NAFSA Town Hall examined the implications for international education, explored meaningful allyship with colleagues in diversity offices and positions, and provided resources to guide effective advocacy. 

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