Diversity and Inclusion
Inclusion is a Centerpiece—Not an Afterthought
Our DEI efforts are more robust than ever, yet they’ve long been a cornerstone of meaningful learning experiences for IFSA students—one and all.
Scholarships that expand opportunity
One in every three IFSA applicants benefits from a range of study abroad grants that award more than $1M each year.
Newly developed IFSA classes include elements to both raise awareness of identity, power, and privilege and give students tools to collaborate with people from other cultures.
A guiding principle
Since 2016, we’ve woven inclusive excellence through everything we do. Acknowledging our diverse identities and abilities shapes how we develop programs, connect with students, plan orientations, and much more.
Our You Belong Here initiative
Recent accomplishments include:
- Expanding educational approaches, content, and assessment measures to ensure students get a deeper understanding of inclusion, locally and globally.
- Establishing belonging as a measure of success for inclusive programs.
- Launching a working group to improve inclusivity in employment policies, hiring practices, and organizational culture.
- Exploring power, privilege, and marginalization in the U.S. with staff-led Dialogues on Difference sessions.
For 20+ years, IFSA President & CEO Heather Barclay Hamir, Ph.D., has opened doors to international education for students of every background and created programs that welcome and value all. Her most recent book—A House Where All Belong: Redesigning Education Abroad for Inclusive Excellence (Forum on Education Abroad, 2022, edited with Nick Gozik)—offers insights that helps colleagues embed inclusive excellence in every stage of the study abroad journey.
Inclusive from Start to Finish
Our inclusive focus enhances learning at every step. Welcoming a diverse range of students is just the start. We dig into what it means to deeply explore a new culture from every perspective—including yours. Here’s how we build that journey for you.
We Meet You Where You Are, Whoever You Are
Straight from our Students
Get a taste of what your peers experience as they explore race, identity, culture, and heritage.