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mentor picture Starlett Craig
Starlett Craig
Academic Program Director
Clemson University
Starlett Craig began a career path in higher education administration more than twenty-five years ago. Prior to that, she had worked for various government agencies at the federal state and local level. From 1981-1989 she served... Starlett Craig began a career path in higher education administration more than twenty-five years ago. Prior to that, she had worked for various government agencies at the federal state and local level. From 1981-1989 she served as the Assistant to the Vice Chancellor for Student Development at Western Carolina University. While still at Western, she was invited to spend six weeks in Washington, DC as a Congressional Intern. Craig is currently an academic program director at Clemson University in the Division of Undergraduate Studies. She has worked in the field of international education as a study abroad advisor as well as an international student advisor. Along with academic interests in the area of race and higher education, Craig is a staunch advocate for minority students and study abroad; she has written extensively on this subject and currently hosts a listserv through Clemson University for a national special interest group, Black and Multicultural Professionals in International Education. She currently serves on the Diversity Scholarship Review Committee for the American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS). Craig received a B.A. degree in Social Sciences from Spelman College and a M.S.S. (MSW) degree from Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. She has done additional postgraduate course work at Clemson University and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Starlett Craig comenzó su carrera como administradora de estudios superiores (universitarios) hace 25 años. Antes de esto, trabajaba como administradora para varias agencias federales y locales. De 1981-1989 era la asistente del Vice-canciller del departamento de ayopo estudiantíl de la universidad Western Carolina. Mientras trabajaba en Western, tuvo la oportunidad de trabajar en Washington DC como aprendiz en el Congreso. Hoy en día, Sra. Craig trabaja como directora del programa académico en la universidad de Clemson en el departamento de Estudios Subgraduados (estudiantes no licenciados). Además de trabajar en el campo de estudios del extranjero, ha trabajado como consejera con estudiantes internacionales y estudiantes americanos que han estudiado fuera del país. Adicionalmente, ella cree en la importancia de realizar los estudios universitarios especialmente en el caso de los estudiantes de la minoría y el area de estudios en el exterior. Ha escrito extensivamente sobre la importancia de estudiar fuera del país. Ella también mantiene correspondencia a través del “listserv” de la universidad de Clemson donde apoya a un grupo de profesionales afroamericanos y multiculturales en la educación internacional. Ella forma parte del comité Diversity Scholarship Review para el instituto AIFS- American Institute for Foreign Study. Craig recibió su licenciatura (B.S.) en ciencias sociales de la universidad de Spelman y su maestría M.S.S. en investigaciones sociales de Bryn Mawr Graduate School. Sigue trabajando en cursos al nivel posgraduado en la universidad de Clemson y la universidad de Carolina del Norte en Chapel Hill.


  1. My best advice to African American parents is not to let your own fears block your child’s future. Acknowledge your fears, but also recognize that the world is changing and we must support our children’s desire to become an integral part of a global society.

    For every negative there are ten positives to skew the impact of negative thinking. Today, there are a few more people of color represented on the world stage who show us the possibilities. Nonetheless, our future socio-economic status dictates that ordinary students venture beyond the American classroom to participate in study abroad. These cross-cultural programs help to forge life-long friendships and increase individual respect and understanding of other people who populate the world. I believe that study abroad is an essential step toward a more peaceful and just society. The students who share their experiences with me confirm this belief!
    5 answers – For African Americans – For Asian/ Pacific Americans – For Hispanic/ Latin@ – Personal – For Native Americans
  2. As a study abroad advisor I’ve helped many students to go abroad, however, getting my own daughter excited about study abroad was like pulling teeth! Not only did she not see the relevance, but the greatest resistance came from her grandmother who had never traveled beyond the East coast. The thought of seeing her first grandchild go to a foreign country to study was beyond her power to comprehend. Needless to say, by the end of the term (16 weeks) my mother and my daughter were forever changed. Grandmother had bragging rights amongst her friends because her grandchild had learned to speak Spanish. On the other hand Kemi had been introduced to an international community of scholars who were indeed citizens of the world. After this experience, her passion for world travel could not be contained. Six months later she participated in the CIEE Work Abroad Program in London. This experience was followed up with a two-year experience in the Japanese Exchange Teachers Program and ultimately matriculation at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada where she now resides. Study abroad prepared her to pursue a career outside of the United States and to believe that she would be successful.
    1 answers – Personal
  3. As a divorced single parent with two children in college, a budget for study abroad did not exist. We were broke! My greatest concern was how to finance study abroad and then convince her that the least expensive program was the very best program. The cheapest program to achieve the same benefit was the universities’ linkage program in Mexico. Tuition was paid to the home institution courses were selected and approved by the faculty prior to departure. In this case, student loans could be kept to a minimum because the cost of the program in Mexico reflected the cost of room, board and tuition at her home institution. With that decision made, our next concern was airfare and spending money. It is hard to get financial support from other family members who comprised the resistance. Suffice it to say, my daughter traveled with two airline tickets. Fortunately for her, one leg of the journey was covered with a complimentary Delta Frequent Flier Ticket roundtrip to Houston, Texas. We purchased a second roundtrip ticket from Houston to Mexico City. In retrospect, it would have been easier to increase the student loan and provide a more comfortable entry to a new experience abroad. As far as spending money, my daughter established an account with a local bank that had the capacity to do international wire transfers. Periodically, I would go to the local bank and wire her some spending money. Of course, these days parents can just deposit directly into their child’s US account which they can access through any ATM abroad.
    4 answers – How to pay
  4. El mejor consejo que puedo darles a los padres afroamericanos es no dejar que sus propias preoccupaciones lleguen a restringir a su hijo(a). Deben estar conscientes de sus temores pero también reconocer que la vida en si es un desafío y tenemos que apoyar a nuestros hijos y darles la oportunidad de realizar sus sueños de vivir en el extranjero. Ellos también deben formar parte de nuestra sociedad global. Si contamos los aspectos negativos - van a haber diez ventajas por cada desventaja. Hoy en día hay más afroamericanos en “en el escenario mundial” que muestran posibilidades. Sin embargo, nuestro estado socio-economico requiere que mandemos a estudiantes al extranjero a participar en la educación fuera de las aulas en los Estados Unidos. De estos programas de intercambio cultural, uno se puede hacer amistades que perdurarán por toda la vida acrecentando así el entendimiento entre las personas de todo el mundo. Yo creo que tales programas de estudio son escenciales para la paz y la justicia mundial.
    4 respuestas – Motivos personales – Consejos Utiles
  5. Si pudiéramos cambiar alguna cosa que hicimos, pienso que hubiera sido más fácil tomar un préstamo más grande para poder así comprarle un boleto directo para que llegara con menos complicación a su destino en el exterior. En cuanto a los gastos, mi hija abrió una cuenta en un banco local que tiene la capicidad de hacer envíos internacionales de dinero. De vez en cuando, iba yo al banco y depositaba dinero en la cuenta y pedía un envío. Y por supuesto, hoy en día los padres pueden depositar dinero en su(s) cuentas de ahorro para que sus hijos puedan retirar el dinero cuando lo necesiten.
    4 respuestas – Como costear/financiar
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