International Educator - September/October 2019 - 12

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QUICK QUESTIONS
By Charlotte West

Advancing the Work
of Diversity and Inclusion

Andrew Gordon

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INTERNATIONAL EDUCATOR S E P T + O C T.2019

A semester in the southern Spanish city of Seville propelled Andrew Gordon to found
Diversity Abroad in 2006. As the organization's chief executive officer, he advocates for
diversity and inclusive excellence within international education and, according to a
new strategic plan, pursues systemic changes in global education.
With a range of U.S. institutions and partner organization as members, Diversity
Abroad has become a go-to resource on issues of diversity, inclusion, and equity for
international education professionals. Gordon spoke with International Educator
about what these themes mean in the context of international education, what
progress he has seen in the field, and the opportunities for growth.
How did your personal experience lead
you to found Diversity Abroad?
My older brother studied abroad in Spain,
and I went to visit him and traveled around
Europe. After that, I [thought], "I want to do
this," so I did a summer program in Mexico.
The following year, I did a semester in
southern Spain studying, and then I interned
in Madrid when I got out of school.
All of those were awesome
experiences in their own way, but the
experience in Spain was the one that
was instrumental in founding Diversity
Abroad. It was a fairly large program,
probably hundreds of students, and I can
count on two hands the number of brown
and black kids that were there.
Fast forward a few years, while I
was preparing to get my MBA, I started
thinking back to my experience with
study abroad-how that experience really
impacted me as a person, how I viewed
myself, how I viewed the world, how I
viewed the opportunity in so many different

ways. At that point, I was involved with
several diversity-related organizations: the
National Association of Black Accountants
and Association of Latino Professionals
for America. I started to understand the
importance of organizations whose sole
focus was on diversity, equity, and inclusion
within certain sectors. I started doing the
research on diversity within international
education in 2005. [At that time,] NAFSA
had some things going on, individual
provider organizations and divisions in
universities had some things going on, but
there wasn't a central organization focused
on this work.
That's the genesis of Diversity Abroad.
We started the website for students; it
wasn't for professionals. Several years in,
universities and professionals started asking
us for resources. We had this conversation
on a Monday-that maybe we should
build a website that has resources for
professionals, as well-and by Friday, we
had decided to create a consortium.

COURTESY ANDREW GORDON

Diversity Abroad's
Andrew Gordon on
Celebrating Progress,
Leaning into Areas
of Needed Growth,
and the 'Intangibles'
of Studying Abroad



International Educator - September/October 2019

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of International Educator - September/October 2019

From the Desk of
In Brief
Global Spotlight: Chile
Quick Questions
Feature: Countering the Forces of Change
Feature: Raising the Bar
Feature: Branching Out
Education Abroad
International Student Affairs
International Enrollment Management
International Education Leadership
Forum
Take 5
International Educator - September/October 2019 - Cover1
International Educator - September/October 2019 - Cover2
International Educator - September/October 2019 - 1
International Educator - September/October 2019 - 2
International Educator - September/October 2019 - 3
International Educator - September/October 2019 - 4
International Educator - September/October 2019 - 5
International Educator - September/October 2019 - From the Desk of
International Educator - September/October 2019 - In Brief
International Educator - September/October 2019 - 8
International Educator - September/October 2019 - 9
International Educator - September/October 2019 - 10
International Educator - September/October 2019 - Global Spotlight: Chile
International Educator - September/October 2019 - Quick Questions
International Educator - September/October 2019 - 13
International Educator - September/October 2019 - 14
International Educator - September/October 2019 - 15
International Educator - September/October 2019 - Feature: Countering the Forces of Change
International Educator - September/October 2019 - 17
International Educator - September/October 2019 - 18
International Educator - September/October 2019 - 19
International Educator - September/October 2019 - 20
International Educator - September/October 2019 - 21
International Educator - September/October 2019 - 22
International Educator - September/October 2019 - 23
International Educator - September/October 2019 - Feature: Raising the Bar
International Educator - September/October 2019 - 25
International Educator - September/October 2019 - 26
International Educator - September/October 2019 - 27
International Educator - September/October 2019 - 28
International Educator - September/October 2019 - 29
International Educator - September/October 2019 - Feature: Branching Out
International Educator - September/October 2019 - 31
International Educator - September/October 2019 - 32
International Educator - September/October 2019 - 33
International Educator - September/October 2019 - 34
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International Educator - September/October 2019 - 36
International Educator - September/October 2019 - 37
International Educator - September/October 2019 - Education Abroad
International Educator - September/October 2019 - 39
International Educator - September/October 2019 - International Student Affairs
International Educator - September/October 2019 - 41
International Educator - September/October 2019 - International Enrollment Management
International Educator - September/October 2019 - 43
International Educator - September/October 2019 - International Education Leadership
International Educator - September/October 2019 - 45
International Educator - September/October 2019 - Forum
International Educator - September/October 2019 - 47
International Educator - September/October 2019 - Take 5
International Educator - September/October 2019 - Cover3
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