“We are proud to have received an IDEAS grant to expand our study abroad offerings at UW-Stout. Our heritage-based programs will expand and diversify U.S. study abroad in support of U.S. foreign policy goals,” said OIE Director Scott Pierson.
With destinations in Thailand and Cuba, the programs will focus on exploring heritage, as well as foreign policy goals of democracy and human rights, including refugees and human trafficking.
Grant funding will also support faculty development of the heritage-based programs and site visits.
Advancing diversity and inclusion
The Capacity Building Program fosters international engagement of American students of all backgrounds and builds understanding and critical skills in support of U.S. security and economic competitiveness.
Through IDEAS, UW-Stout will strive for more inclusive study abroad programming by increasing participation among underrepresented students, with a goal to increase retention and recruitment of underrepresented students, faculty and staff.
A disproportionate number of underrepresented students study abroad annually as a percentage of enrollment. According to NAFSA: Association of International Educators, during the 2017-2018 academic year, black students accounted for 13.6% of U.S. postsecondary enrollment, whereas only 6.1% studied abroad. Hispanic/Latino students accounted for 18.9% enrollment during the same academic year; however, only 10.6% studied abroad.
“Being awarded the IDEAS grant provides the Office of International Education with the critical financial resources necessary to develop intentional study abroad programming aimed at bridging this gap,” Pierson said.
IDEAS is supported by World Learning, an international nonprofit organization that focuses on international development, education and exchange programs.
World Learning and the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs will continue to highlight UW-Stout’s IDEAS grant via social media using #LaunchIDEASAbroad over the next few weeks.
A list of 2020 IDEAS Grant recipients is featured on the Capacity Building Program for U.S. Study Abroad website at www.studyabroadcapacitybuilding.com.