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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Abroad


Stepping into a new culture can be difficult, stressful, and scary for everyone.  Part of experiencing a new culture is culture shock which may make you feel uncomfortable, stressed, tired, etc.  Disclosing your concerns to anyone before leaving (professor, Global Education staff member, study abroad program provider, classmate, etc.) is important for self-advocacy and being successful on your CCE. 
 
As part of the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, the Office of Global Education is dedicated to providing you a safe and engaging CCE experience.  If you are looking for further guidance or support after reading through the information below, please reach out to one of our staff members in the Office of Global Education to assist you in choosing an experience.  We can reach out to a professor, program provider, or Carroll department to find support available to you. 

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Accessibility 
 
While visiting a country through a Carroll course or study abroad CCE, it is in your best interest to become familiar with the services that are provided in country, by the program provider (study abroad), by the professor (Carroll course), or through Carroll University.  Prior research will help you determine which location(s) are best for you in order to keep yourself safe and succeed in your studies.

Considerations When Choosing a Location
 
  • Is your disability considered a disability in x location
  • Do I need accommodations while I am there?  If yes, research which programs can support you - this may mean talking to OGE staff, looking at study abroad provider accommodations, or speaking to professors. 
  • What are your top goals from the experience and how can they be achieved? 
Things to Remember 
 
  • Packing 
    • Make sure to think about items you may need and can regularly find in the US.  It may be difficult to find or be more expensive in another country.  
    • Medications - speak with your personal medical professional or the Carroll Health Center
      • Make sure they are in their original bottles.
      • If you need to acquire more medication while out of the country, the country may not have it or it may go by a different name.
      • Certain medications are not allowed in some countries even with a U.S. prescription.
    • Speak with the Office of Global Education on what the insurance covers for international travel. 
Resources 
 
LGBTQ+
 
While visiting a country through a Carroll course or study abroad CCE, you should obey the laws and follow the cultural norms of that country.  It is in your best interest to become familiar with the laws and cultural norms of the country you plan to visit.  Prior research will help you determine which location(s) are best for you and what is considered appropriate behavior in order to keep yourself safe and succeed in your studies.

 Considerations When Choosing a Location
 
  • Laws 
  • Cultural norms 
  • Dominant religious beliefs 
  • Short-term vs. long-term stay 
  • Carroll course CCE vs. study abroad program
  • Study abroad support system - support services available through the school and/or program provider 
  • How do you want to act and express yourself while you are there? 

Things to Remember
 
  • Make sure to think about items you may need and can regularly find in the US.  It may be difficult to find or expensive in another country. 
  • Medications - speak with your personal medical professional or the Carroll Health Center
    • Make sure they are in their original bottles.
    • If you need to acquire more medication while out of the country, the country may not have it or it may go by a different name.
    • Certain medications are not allowed in some countries even with a U.S. prescription.
Resources 
 
Race and Ethnicity 
 
While visiting a country through a Carroll course or study abroad CCE, it is in your best interest to become familiar with cultural norms and stereotypes of the country you plan to visit.  Prior research will help you determine which location(s) are best for you in order to keep yourself safe and succeed in your studies. 
 
Considerations When Choosing a Location
 
  • Views and stereotypes of your race and/or ethnicity held by the locals 
  • Study abroad 
    • Support systems available through the school and/or program provider 
    • Student population of the university 

Things to Remember 
 
  • Make sure to think about items you may need (hair care, skin care, etc.) and can regularly find in the US, when you are packing.  It may be difficult to find or expensive in another country. 
  • Locals may be curious, assume, or place stereotypes on you.  If this happens, how would you like to deal with it?  It isn't up to you to correct and teach everyone, but you still need to feel comfortable. 

Resources