Students from underrepresented minority groups are nearly 40 percent of all undergraduates, but they make up only 26 percent of all college students who study abroad. African Americans are about 13 percent of all undergraduate students but only 5.6 percent of the students who study abroad.
The Council on International Educational Exchange and the Center for Minority-Serving Institutions of the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania, have announced a new three-year partnership in an effort to increase study abroad opportunities for students at historically Black colleges and universities and other minority serving higher educational institutions.
The new partnership will include student scholarships for study abroad, faculty training programs, and workshops for college presidents.
James P. Pellow, president and CEO of the Council on International Educational Exchange, said that “expanding opportunities for global education is an imperative for university leaders across the country. Our experience indicates that the most successful colleges are those that have strong leadership advocating for international education, engaged faculty shaping programs that are appropriate for each institution, and students that have the support they need to participate.”
Michael Sorrell, president of historically Black Paul Quinn College in Dallas, added that “as the world has become a more interconnected and smaller place, students from under resourced communities cannot afford to be left on the sidelines and marginalized in this new world order.”