We're honored that our Diversity Advocates Program was selected as a finalist for the 2018 GoAbroad Innovation Awards in the Innovation in Diversity category! The GoAbroad Innovation Awards recognizes strategic efforts to expand international educational opportunities to traditionally underrepresented groups for the Innovation in Diversity category.
Launched this spring, CAPA's Diversity Committee created this initiative to exemplify our commitment to diversity in ways that are academic, experiential, and personal for our students to transport their activism and passions abroad. So, what exactly is the Diversity Advocates Program and who are our Spring 2018 participants?
The Diversity Advocates Program
At CAPA, we seek to foster increased student diversity and to provide all participants with the opportunity to explore, challenge and redefine their identities in distinct ways. The Diversity Advocates Program (DAP) is an extension of this philosophy and provides resources for advocates to pursue diversity initiatives of their own within their global cities.
Using our Globally Networked Learning model, Advocates will connect and collaborate with other DAP participants. DAP participants will implement a project informed by their understanding of equity, social justice, inclusion and diversity in a local context. Through the program, they will develop tools to help them continue their advocacy efforts post-program.
Meet the Spring 2018 Participants of our Diversity Advocates Program
Name: Gabriela Ortiz
University: University at Buffalo
Major: Political Science
Study abroad location: London, England
More about Gabriela: "My interest in the Diversity Advocates Program stems from my interest in public policy. The opportunity to research a social issue as it relates to diversity and equity, in a global setting will allow me to address social issues in a way that will help me find potential solutions for these issues. It isn’t enough to address an issue, providing alternatives and recommendations are some of the best ways to promote change. Social justice and equity have driven my interest my career goals in that I’d like to pursue a career in policy making or policy advisement on the international level. Governments are some of the most powerful institutions in the world and can be the best drivers of change. I chose to study political science to understand how these institutions function and figure out what the best ways for governments to approach matters of social justice would be. I am looking forward to exploring the social issues that affect people the way across the globe. My service learning internship focuses on providing aid to disabled children in the third world and this is an aspect of equity I am excited to explore. After graduating this year, I plan to apply to law school."
Name: Hannah Nation
University: Saint Mary’s College of Notre Dame
Major: Business Administration
Study abroad location: Shanghai, China
More about Hannah: "Working for social justice and equity have always been a crucial foundation in my life. I am looking forward to the Diversity Advocates Program in anticipation of continuing this work. I am excited to have the opportunity to explore, challenge and redefine my personal identity and perceptions of the Chinese culture. I hope to understand the underserved populations in the Chinese culture, creating a comparative analysis against that of the United States. In the coming years I hope to continue my education in obtaining my Masters in Business Administration."
Name: Hugo Fernandez
University: University at Buffalo
Study abroad location: London, England
Meet about Hugo: "I was attracted to the Diversity Advocates Program because I believe that opportunities to explore topics of representation and diverse engagement are important in an increasingly globalized society. Social justice and equity have been important issues throughout my undergraduate career. Particularly in the area of equity and access to the means to improve one's environment whether it be in the form of access to educational resources or to physical resources such as access to affordable tool rentals. Achieving equitable neighborhoods is important to me and I hope to translate some of those ideas into my future career studying organizational behavior. While abroad I look forward to exploring factors leading to homogenized networks that might appear among people living abroad that could affect them from having their most genuine, fulfilling cross-cultural experience. Part of my interest in the field of Organizational Behavior is impacting culture-change within teams of people which includes work with cross-cultural psychology theories since many large companies have teams comprised of people from different cultural backgrounds with different strengths, weaknesses, and expectations. I hope to be in a Master's program for Industrial-Organizational Psychology in Fall 2018 and see the Diversity Advocates Program as a great opportunity between my last semester as an undergraduate and the beginning of my graduate studies!"
Name: Sandy Liu
University: University of Florida
Major: Information Systems and Operations Management
Study abroad location: Dublin, Ireland
More about Sandy: "As a first-generation Chinese-American, who’s also the first in her family to attend college, social justice and equity play an important role in my educational, professional and personal development. Having been raised bicultural and bilingual, I have garnered not only a deeper appreciation of the differences of other cultures, but have also recognized interconnectedness of our world. I took 6 years to learn about the Spanish language and culture and am fluent (native) in Mandarin Chinese. I strongly believe that language and the understanding of another’s culture are very powerful tools. Nothing so quickly ingratiates one to another than speaking to a person in his or her native tongue. Charlemagne once said, “To speak another language is to possess another soul.” Because of my upbringings, I understand this truth on a personal level. And this is what attracts me most about the Diversity Advocates Program. The program aims to broaden my perspectives and enrich my experiences by compelling me to engage with ideas, values, and beliefs that differ from my own. I am able to explore topics that I am truly passionate, specifically education and cultural awareness, while I spend 4 months in a foreign country. During my undergraduate years, I aim to graduate with both a bachelor in Information Systems and masters in International Business (MIB). My career goals are to work in the consulting & analyst sector, striving to turn data into usable information and detect anomalies, opportunities, and create new possibilities. CAPA’s Diversity Advocates Program will serve as a fundamental platform for me to challenge myself in an unfamiliar environment while supporting my interest in the topics above as I engage and participate in field work."
Apply for the Diversity Advocates Program
Application for the Fall 2018 cycle of the Diversity Advocates Program is open. Advocates are awarded a grant in the amount of $1,000 for Semester programs only.
To be eligible, you must be a committed and engaged individual, and already have a track record of successful advocacy for diversity within your campus and home communities. You will effectively demonstrate an understanding of and obligation to make a further impact within your own community from your own experience abroad.
The deadline for this grant is on June 15, 2018, so learn more and apply today!