CAPA Named Recipient of 2020 Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion Award

Mar 31, 2020 2:57:54 PM / by Jessie Gibson

We are pleased to announce that Diversity Abroad has named CAPA: The Global Education Network the recipient of the 2020 Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion in International Education (EDIIE) Organizational/Institutional Champion Award.


The Champion Award recognizes an institution/organization that exemplifies the vision and ideals of Diversity Abroad to support diversity & inclusive excellence in global education. As the recipient of this award, CAPA is honored to be recognized as a leader within the field of international education and cultural exchange in championing access, inclusion, diversity, and equity in global education on a broad scale.  

“Through the EDIIE Awards, Diversity Abroad recognizes the institutions, organizations and individuals whose innovative work support equitable access to the benefits of global education that improve student academic success, interpersonal growth and career readiness. We congratulate the 2019 EDIIE Award recipients for their work to democratize global education and ultimately unlock the doors of opportunity for the students they serve,” says Andrew Gordon, CEO & Founder of Diversity Abroad. 

For many years, CAPA has supported a broad range of initiatives in collaboration with its partners at US colleges and universities on improving access, equity, and inclusion that ripple throughout the field of international education. We are grateful that our work is being recognized through this award. 

CAPAStudyAbroad_Spring 2020 Dublin_Students Hanging out on Griffith CollegeCAPA Spring 2020 Students hanging out on the Griffith College campus.   

“On behalf of everyone at CAPA, I am extremely honored to receive this recognition for our organization. Equity and inclusion are core parts of our mission and values. We seek to continually diversify our student body and to work with partners at colleges and universities to offer opportunities for students of all backgrounds and needs to have a successful and transformative abroad experience. We are inspired to continue to not only diversify the CAPA student body but also to continue to support programs such as the Diversity Abroad Innovation Award and new education abroad organizations that seek to improve equity and inclusion. ” - John Christian, President and CEO, CAPA: The Global Education Network 

CAPAStudyAbroad_November2019_StephanieSadler_CAPALondon30thAnniversaryGala50John Christian addressing the room during CAPA’s 30th Anniversary Gala in London.

We’re also proud to announce that CAPA’s own Darin Smith-GaddisRegional Manager of Institutional Relations and head of CAPA’s Diversity Inclusion Committee, was recognized as a finalist for the Diversity Abroad Rising Star award this year for his leadership on many of CAPA’s Initiatives. 

I am thankful to share this recognition with all my colleagues that have worked tirelessly to increase access and create long term opportunities for greater inclusion. This work is not done alone, and I am grateful to be a part of an amazing community of scholars and practitioners—including those at CAPA—to advance an equity agenda in higher education, noted Darin on his nomination.  

CAPAStudyAbroad_November2019_StephanieSadler_CAPALondon30thAnniversaryGala110Darin Smith-Gaddis (left) with Director and Choreographer Maija Garcia (center) and Andrew Gordon, CEO & Founder of Diversity Abroad (right) at our London 30th Anniversary Gala last November. 

“Darin is a tireless advocate for improving all aspects of diversity in every area of his work. His contributions to the field of international education are strategic, impactful, and sustainable. I can think of no one who better exemplifies the principles of the EDIEE awards.” - John J. Christian, CAPA President & CEO. 

This award, Darin’s nominationour initiatives, our Global team, and our inclusive culture represent points of pride for CAPA. We are proud to be bold, non-traditional, and to go beyond to push our field towards more inclusive practices.  


CAPA will be recognized during the annual Awards Gala and Dinner at the 8th Annual Diversity Abroad ConferenceAmplifying Voices: Moving From Rhetoric to Systemic Change in New Orleans, LA in October. We hope to see you there! 

CAPAStudyAbroad_London_Fall 2019_Uma Balaji_Uma in front of Gandhi Statue-1Fall 2019 Diversity Advocates Scholar Uma Balaji in front of a statue of Gandhi in London. Check out some of her work here. 

Topics: International Education, Diversity Abroad