Chicago, IL (PRWEB) April 05, 2016
IES Abroad, the leading not-for-profit study abroad and internships provider, announced today that they were awarded the 2016 Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion in International Education (EDIE) Award from Diversity Abroad.
Awarded annually, Diversity Abroad’s EDIE Award recognizes an individual, an institution, and an organization, for their dedication, innovation, and persistence in working toward providing young people from diverse and underserved backgrounds equal access to international education opportunities.
As this year’s organizational recipient, IES Abroad is proud to have been able to better target diverse and underrepresented students through recruiting, advising, and leadership. IES Abroad has been committed to and focused on diversification for more than 30 years.
Andrew Gordon, President & Founder of Diversity Abroad, said, “Global learning is an essential aspect of a quality education for those who will be successful in the 21st century. Creating equitable access to international educational opportunities for diverse and underrepresented students has been a goal for many years. The awardees have demonstrated that with innovative thinking, persistence, and a commitment to serving all students, this shared goal is achievable.”
IES Abroad’s Initiative to Diversify Education Abroad (IDEA) works to better reach, fund, and prepare students for their programs abroad. By fostering the connections between underrepresented students and their study abroad offices, IES Abroad has seen a 63% rise in students of color enrolling in their study abroad programs since 2011, and a year-over-year enrollment growth in ethnically-diverse students of 16% from 2014-15 to 2015-16. Additionally, 23% of IES Abroad’s Spring 2016 students are from diverse or underrepresented backgrounds.
IES Abroad’s growth was achieved despite the fact that over the last 10 years there has been a slow and modest increase in the number of U.S. minority students who study abroad. The Institute for International Education (IIE) cited in their most recent Open Doors report that the number of African-American, Asian-American, and Hispanic students who have studied abroad since 2000 has risen only about two percent for each group respectively.
IES Abroad’s Director of Diversity Recruiting & Advising Gretchen Cook-Anderson said, “At IES Abroad, we’re creating global leaders. In making study abroad more accessible, we hope that many more students of all backgrounds will join the growing ranks of global citizens who are leading change around the world. We couldn’t be happier or more honored to have our years-long work to diversify education abroad recognized by our peers with this EDIE Award.”
IES Abroad is proud to stand among the other 2016 EDIE Award recipients, Miami Dade College, and James Pasquill III from the University of Albany.
About IES Abroad
IES Abroad is a global, not-for-profit academic consortium that offers more than 120 study abroad programs, in 30+ international locations, to more than 5,700 U.S. college students annually. Founded in 1950, IES Abroad is a leader in the field of education abroad programming and has more than 240 prestigious U.S. college and university affiliates as a part of its Consortium. Learn more at http://www.IESabroad.org.
About Diversity Abroad
Founded in 2006, Diversity Abroad connects diverse students, recent graduates, and young professionals with international opportunities to study, intern, teach, volunteer, earn a degree, or work abroad. Through its professional consortium, the Diversity Network, Diversity Abroad brings together higher education institutions, for-profit and non-profit organizations, and government agencies dedicated to advancing diversity and equity in international education.