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What should study abroad administrators think about when doing outreach to a diverse group of students?

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  • mentor picture Rae Rae
     
    Rae Rae
    Senior Year Student
    Loyola Marymount University
    Try to make that student feel welcome and accepted in the situation. You must strike a balance....
    Try to make that student feel welcome and accepted in the situation. You must strike a balance. You can’t go overboard and be “too nice,” because that person may feel singled out and you may be highlighting their differences, despite your efforts to help. But you should encourage that student to do well and achieve. Underrepresented groups often lack examples of successful participants and therefore might be more easily discouraged than others. You should also emphasize that there are many forms of scholarship, financial aid, and other forms of help available for these students that make studying abroad a possibility for everyone. You could tell the many benefits of studying abroad such as improving language skills, building your resume, creating lifelong bonds, learning about others and yourself as well. Most importantly, you should make them feel welcome and help them to make studying abroad a reality, not simply a dream.
 
 
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