Equity and Inclusion Self Assessment
First, ask yourself...
Preparation is key. Below are some common questions to consider and research as you prepare to study abroad. Knowing how to react — and avoid — a tricky situation will ensure you will be a wise and worldly traveler.
- How will aspects of my identity be perceived abroad?
- Are there stereotypes about certain identities in the country I am going to?
- Will I be a minority while abroad?
- How do I perceive the people from the country I am going to?
- How did I come up with these stereotypes?
- How much of my identity do I plan on sharing with others while abroad?
- Are there cultural norms and/or laws that could affect my safety with regards to expressing my identity abroad?
- Am I prepared to educate others about my identity who may not understand or be familiar?
- How will I react to others who may not support my identity?
- Who can I turn to for support?
- How can I be an ally to others like me and others not like me?
- What resources are available abroad related to my identity?
- Research if you will have access to hair care/skin products abroad.
- Transitioning students: consider how you will continue your HRT while abroad, and/or any other medically-related needs.
- Talk to students with similar backgrounds who have already studied abroad.
- Don’t know any? Ask USAC for a past student list!
- If your parents aren’t supportive of your desire to study abroad, what resources are you taking advantage of in order to help them understand and support your decision?
- If you are a DACA student, have you discussed your plans to study abroad with your lawyer and/or the
- Title IX Office at your home university?
Contact an Enrollment Specialist to discuss your options in detail, and make sure you have a safe experience while traveling abroad.