Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access

NAFSA believes that international education advances learning and scholarship and fosters understanding and respect among people of diverse backgrounds and perspectives. International education lies at the core of an interconnected world characterized by diversity, equity, inclusion, access, and social justice.

Establishing a National Strategy for International Education

This would serve to proactively recruit talented students and scholars to U.S. colleges and universities from countries around the world and increase the number and diversity of U.S. students who can access the career skills associated with study abroad.

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Senator Paul Simon Study Abroad Program Act

To make study abroad the norm, not the exception, for today's U.S. college student Congress should pass the Senator Paul Simon Study Abroad Program Act to incentivize higher education to increase study abroad and provide a cost-effective, sustainable way to ensure more diverse U.S. undergraduates can study internationally.

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Award for Impact in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

This award honors a NAFSA member who has shown commitment to advocating for the interests of under-represented populations; improving recruitment and retention of underrepresented populations, or incorporating diversity or anti-oppression training in international education programming.

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NAFSA RISE Fellowship

NAFSA proudly supports our diversity, equity, and inclusion program: the NAFSA RISE (Representation, Inclusion, Support, and Empowerment) Fellowship. This program provides selected applicants from underrepresented communities with continued learning and engagement opportunities. Participants gain access to resources and tools to help them give back to their institutions and communities.

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NAFSA Tamara H. Bryant Memorial Scholarship

NAFSA and the Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) created the NAFSA Tamara H. Bryant Memorial Scholarship to increase diversity and inclusion in study abroad. The scholarship generates opportunities for African-American undergraduate students to study abroad and gain valuable experiences.

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NAFSA Diversity and Internationalization Summit

NAFSA's Diversity and Internationalization Summit on February 2, 2022 provided registrants with an opportunity to engage with an expert panel of senior international officers and chief diversity officers focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion on campus. This event was free for NAFSA members and open to nonmembers for a nominal fee.