Diversity Abroad Releases Findings of Third Annual Survey of Diversity & Inclusion Among International Educators

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For over 14 years, Diversity Abroad has led the field of international education and cultural exchange in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion by providing professional learning opportunities, critical resources, and insights that promote systemic change. Now in its third iteration, the results of the 2020 survey continue to provide comparative data on the state of diversity and inclusion in the field.

2020 Survey of Diversity & Inclusion Among Int'l Educators

"Gaining insight into our backgrounds and experiences can inform how we collectively can shape a more equitable and inclusive profession."

The annual Survey of Diversity & Inclusion Among International Educators serves as a source for practitioners, scholars, and others interested in better understanding the profession of international education and cultural exchange.

"The field of international education and cultural exchange is comprised of dedicated professionals from all over the world. Gaining insight into our backgrounds and experiences can inform how we collectively can shape a more equitable and inclusive profession.” - Andrew Gordon, CEO & Founder of Diversity Abroad.

According to the 2020 survey, which garnered 925 responses, the racial/ethnic makeup of the 2020 respondents is slightly less diverse than 2019 with 29.3% identifying as diverse racial/ethnic professionals. Nearly a third (30.4%) of those who responded to the question related to first-generation status identified as the first in their family to complete a college degree.

Women represented 77.9% of the respondents, men 20.4%, non-binary or third gender made up 1.0%, 0.5% preferred not to disclose their gender, and 0.2% selected to self-describe their gender. The majority identified as heterosexual or straight (79.9%) and the majority of survey participants did not identify as having a disability (76.1%).

The 2020 survey further expanded on questions around organizational/institutional priorities with respect to diversity and inclusion and creating a sense of belonging in the workplace. Similar to 2019, respondents agreed or strongly agreed at higher rates that prioritizing diversity and inclusion was more of a priority for their direct supervisor than for the institutional/organizational leadership, reflecting the need for institutional/organizational commitment to develop and support inclusive policies and practices.

Questions about the impact of the COVID-19 global pandemic on employment status were also included in the 2020 survey. Nearly 70% indicated that their employment was not affected during the early months of the pandemic, yet 40.6% of respondents indicated they were considering options outside of the industry, highlighting concerns for funding for internationally focused activities in light of the fiscal impacts of the global pandemic.

As the leading organization dedicated to advancing diversity and inclusive policies and practices in international education and cultural exchange, Diversity Abroad launched the annual survey to help the field make informed decisions on how we hire, develop professionals, and create inclusive employment practices in our offices, organizations, and institutions.

To access the full report, go to:
https://www.diversitynetwork.org/page/Research_Reports

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