At CAPA, Diversity is an Educational Principle and an Ethical Imperative

CAPA’s commitment to diversity extends to personal, experiential, and academic engagements throughout all of our communities. We strive to create inclusive environments for our students that allow them to experience and learn from people with diverse backgrounds, worldviews, and cultural traditions.

We provide students the tools they need -- regardless of age, race and ethnic background, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, and abilities -- to fully experience the diversity of the world through our programs. We view our commitment to diversity as a form of social justice by promoting international education as an opportunity that is available and achievable for everyone.

Diversity at CAPA  

While students prepare to study abroad, exploring their own identities within the setting of a global city is an important part of the experience.

During the pre-departure process, we provide students with resources to help them understand their own identity and beliefs, and to prepare them for differing cultural norms and viewpoints in their host country. 

Diversity Committee  

The Diversity Committee manages our organization’s commitment to diversity. Made up of members from various departments across all of our program locations, its overarching purpose is to ensure that CAPA’s emphasis on, and commitment to, diversity is woven into all facets of the organization, from marketing and recruiting to human resources. The committee meets on a regular basis to build and implement initiatives and projects across the organization and is responsible for:

  • Exploring the topic of diversity within the field of international education as it pertains to departmental focus.
  • Analyzing best practices for inclusive marketing communications and outreach.
  • Developing materials to support and engage students in considering their identities as they prepare to go abroad.
  • Establishing a supportive environment in which students can reflect upon their own identities within the context of the global city once abroad.
Diversity Advocates Program  

Diversity is a core value of our programs. It is reflected in our global city locations and in our student communities. 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 students and build upon their professional development through an interactive guest lecture series. DAP participants will also have the opportunity to engage in discussion groups, implement a project informed by their understanding of diversity in a local context and will be provided with tools to help them continue their advocacy efforts post-program.

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. Advocates are awarded a grant in the amount of $1,000 for Semester programs only.

Fall 2018 Application Deadline: June 15, 2018

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