“Why Are All The Black Kids… Not Rushing To Study Abroad”
The social justice movements that have swept the nation in the past few years have many organizations re-examining their systems and processes to be more equitable, diverse, and inclusive. What does equity look like for study abroad programs? Currently, Black, Indigenous, and students of color make up 10% or less of study abroad student demographics, with 70% being White. So … why are all the Black kids not rushing to study abroad? Black, Indigenous, and students of color have needs and concerns regarding international travel that their White counterparts do not necessarily face.
This presentation addresses the design of study abroad programs and how they are unintentionally exclusionary. Doria Wormbly, a Black woman from Texas, draws on her own study abroad experiences to prepare attendees for questions and concerns Black students may have regarding studying abroad. The audience will leave this presentation with tools to redesign their study abroad programs so that Black, Indigenous, and students of color can truly feel like they belong.
- Doria Wormbly, Sailor Justice Project