For all students studying abroad can be an empowering and challenging experience; particularly from diverse and or underrepresented identities. By leading students on a study abroad program, you may find yourself assisting students as they navigate unfamiliar, challenging and thought-provoking situations. Thus, in addition to teaching the content of your course and introducing the culture of the host country, you may also find yourselves working with students as they explore their varying identities.
Here are some resources that may be helpful as NC State students plan and prepare for study abroad.
As a sign of our commitment, NC State is a proud member of Diversity Abroad, which provides many resources for our students.
Things to consider
- In what ways can I create a commitment to diversity, positive group dynamics, and a culture of care within my program?
- Does my program require a particular level of physical mobility? Are there ways in which I can make my program more accessible to students with limited mobility?
- Is there a way to connect students from underrepresented populations to a local, shared identity-based community for my students?
- What can you do to prepare to discuss diversity issues in the host country? Are there any guest lecturers you can invite to provide a framework and lead a discussion regarding current local issues related to diversity, discrimination, or inclusion initiatives?
When a student’s need arises that you’ve not encountered before, are not comfortable with, or are unable to address, please contact your program coordinator. We have a wealth of resources available at NC State; we want to work with you and our students to make study abroad accessible to all of our students.