According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), there are nearly 100 million displaced people around the world. Approximately 40% of this population are under 18 years old (UNHCR, 2022). Although access to quality schooling is a human right, a marginal 5% of refugee youth attend a university or college (UNHCR, 2021). Access to educational opportunities will be critical for improving the quality of life for many members of displaced populations and the society at large. The international community has set a target of increasing global refugee higher education enrollment to 15% by 2030 (known as the “15by30” goal). The Global Compact on Refugees that was adopted in 2019 encourages academic institutions to take an active role in achieving this target. This workshop is designed for higher education leaders to examine how they can facilitate refugee access to higher education and foster campus internationalization.
The field of global education & culture exchange is uniquely positioned to advance justice, diversity, equity and inclusion in and through its work locally, nationally, and internationally. To be effective, we must stay abreast of trends and developments in higher education, diversity & inclusion practices, and workforce development.
The 2023 Think Forward Summit will bring together thought leaders from across higher education, global education, and cultural exchange as well as senior leaders from the private and public sector to discuss future trends and challenges through the lens of global education and diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Over the course of three days, experts from around the world will offer their perspectives on innovative and forward-thinking ideas on the role that global education and diversity, equity, and inclusion can play to address the challenges and opportunities that we face today and how we can prepare the next generation for a more globally inclusive world.
Since 2013 Diversity Abroad’s annual conference has constituted the most comprehensive forum for education professionals, students and stakeholders committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in global education and cultural exchange.
Community, collaboration, learning and inspiration. For 10 years the annual Diversity Abroad conference has embodied these words. In fall 2023 the tradition continues in Chicago, IL as Diversity Abroad celebrates its 11th annual conference. As in prior years Global Inclusion 2023 will embody Diversity Abroad and its member community’s holistic approach to addressing and accelerating systemic and equitable change in all aspects of global education and cultural exchange, including:
International Students, Scholars & Exchange
Global Engagement at Home
Organizational & Career Development
Global Inclusion 2023 will be an opportunity to share innovations, build community, and collaborate to make progress towards a more sustainable and equitable future.