Global Diversity Advocates


The Global Diversity Advocate program was created to amplify the narrative that students of diverse backgrounds do indeed study abroad and take part in global experiences. We are committed to highlighting and amplifying the study abroad experiences of NC State’s diverse student population. Our Global Diversity Advocates are students that hold various identities.  As they continue to explore their identities in a local and global context, they invite others to begin to explore this for themselves through programming and other activities.


  • Promote study abroad to students – especially those from underserved backgrounds and academic disciplines
  • Amplify the voices and increase the visibility of students of underserved backgrounds that have studied abroad so other students of underserved backgrounds can see themselves as   part of these experiences as well.
  • Create opportunities for Global Diversity Advocates to share their experiences and connect with other students on campus.

Learning Outcomes

  • Learn to articulate their study abroad experiences in regards to their academic, professional and personal goals. 
  • Practice their presentation and facilitation skills by developing and participating in sessions, panel discussions and other workshops. 
  • Enhance their skill set to effectively communicate the value of studying abroad for diverse student populations first by reflecting on their own. 
  • Cultivate their ability to lead and work in a team.

Student Benefits:

  • Career development training – resume & cover letter review as well as interview coaching 
  • Development of session proposal writing and presentation skills
  • Attendance at two conferences:
    • North Carolina Association for International Educators Student Conference
      • Expectation to present
    • Diversity Abroad Student Global Leadership Summit

What have our Global Diversity Advocates done so far?


Niambé James, Rani Madhiwala, Jiana Brown, &  Isaiah Akridge

Emilie Phan- GDA Mentor

  • Goodnight Scholar First Year Seminar Presentation
  • Participated in Traveling While Asian
  • Virtual Presentation – NCAIE Global Student Expo

2019 -2020

Zebria Hicks, Emilie Phan, Jordan Bullock, & Oscar Mejia Barahona

  • Facilitated Traveling While… Panels
    • Traveling While Black
    • Traveling While First in the Pack
    • Traveling While GLBT
  • Presented at NCAIE Study Abroad Now What? Re-Entry Conference
  • Presented at Diversity in STEM Symposium
  • Completed student video interviews for Diversity Abroad

Application Process


  • Students must have participated in a study abroad experience (semester-long, short-term, or internship) through NC State.
  • Students must be a part of a diverse community that is underserved in study abroad.
  • Students will be expected to serve for a full academic year. 
  • Students must be in good academic standing

To be considered for the Global Diversity Advocates program, a student must first be nominated by a faculty or staff member at NC State. The nomination form for the 2020-2021 Academic Year can be accessed here. Nomination forms are due March 20th.

After you have been nominated, students who have been selected for the next stage will be sent an application form to complete by email.

Following the application deadline, our office will review student applications and send interview invitations to the final candidates.