Making Study Abroad Accessible to All Students: Recruitment and Support of Underrepresented Student Populations

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
MSU Union, Lake Superior Room

Registration is required (free). Lunch will be provided.



Sandy Tupper, Coordinator of the Office of Study Abroad


Dr. Jerry Caldwell, Director, Charles Drew Science Scholars

Dr. James LucasAssistant Dean of Global Education & Curriculum, Office of the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education

Dr. Philip StrongAssociate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs, Lyman Briggs College

While recent study abroad recruitment practices have focused on increasing the number of students studying abroad, experts have highlighted the disproportionate nature of study abroad participation rates among undergraduates. Research has shown that simply offering more variety of programs will not broaden the demographic profile of study abroad participants, but that we must first understand the factors that contribute to participation. These factors will be discussed, including individual capital, financial concerns, institutional barriers, role models, program fit, family support, and fears of discrimination. This session will focus on how we can review and model our recruitment selection processes in light of what we know about barriers to participation for underrepresented students.