Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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Our Approach to Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

CET believes in making study abroad accessible to all students. We recruit and actively support academically qualified students of all races, religions, origins, abilities, gender identities, and sexual orientations, fostering a welcoming, hospitable program environment that promotes student learning.

We take a holistic approach to supporting students of all identities: we provide program-specific information on cultural climate, accessibility, and health and diet on our website, our application materials are gender-inclusive, and we offer trainings on supporting students to on-site staff and faculty.

We are committed to becoming a more anti-racist organization by transforming our workplace, our programs, and our industry. 

Resources for CET Students

Identity Abroad

Location-specific info on cultural climates, accommodations, etc., and alumni-created sources to help navigate identity abroad.

Student Voices Blog

Student blogs and photo essays from current and former CET students to get an idea of what life abroad could be like. 

Blog: Identity Abroad

Whether it’s reading about adjusting to a language pledge, the heritage student experience, or leaving home for the first time, CET Student Correspondents provide realistic insight to each program with regular blogs and photo essays. 

Alumni Support Network &
Identity Abroad Support Network

Once a student has started an application, they gain access to these two internal directories of recent alumni who have volunteered to talk about their experiences abroad. Identity Abroad Support Network volunteers also name certain lived experiences that prospective students can reach out to them about specifically. 

The Curriculum Review

What started as a working group to reflect on the colonial implications of international education has since evolved into the Curriculum Review—a continuous critical reflection process with a view to identify and interrogate structures of difference, power, and equity in the curriculum that are uniquely present in each CET program location.  

Our Approach

We employ a query-based approach that is largely driven by on-site academic staff and their respective program directors. Each program site then has a common set of questions to guide critical engagement with issues of power, difference, and equity in the development and delivery of our curricula. The question set covers four broad categories: context, canon, faculty, and pedagogy.

The Review Process

Each year, every program site conducts a query-based self-study. Based on those findings, academic staff identify components that could benefit from greater attention to issues of difference, power, and equity. The team then creates an actionable work plan and works to identify strategies for execution. We then implement the changes in each program throughout the year and then assess their success.

Our End Goal

Our aim is to establish a new normal for the ‘what’ and ‘how’ in our approach to education. We hope to create a learning environment that eschews hierarchical classroom structures and encourages students to think critically and include perspectives beyond mainstream narratives in their pursuit of answers. It is our hope that the built-in cycle for this work establishes a system for us, as educators, to continually challenge and refine our curricula. 

Learn more about our Curriculum Review initiative.

Our Justice, Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion Action Plan

In November 2020, Academic Travel Abroad (ATA), CET’s parent organization, announced what is now known as our Justice, Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion (JEDI) Action Plan. This plan serves as a roadmap to guide us in doing our part to eliminate policies, procedures, systems or other structures that perpetuate inequity and implement ones that are inequitable to all our stakeholders, including employees, students, travelers, vendors, partners, etc. 

JEDI Action Plan: Goals and Commitments


We believe that everyone across the organization is responsible for contributing to our JEDI goals. We aim to hold ourselves to our commitments and push ourselves further. 


Action and change first starts with awareness and listening. We value and prioritize making time to learn, teach, and challenge our employees, travelers, and students. 


We strive to foster a sense of belonging and security in all stakeholders to be their authentic selves—whether that’s in our offices or our classrooms abroad.


We commit to reviewing and revamping company policies, procedures, and systems to promote equity and create opportunities for all stakeholders to thrive. 

Annual JEDI Action Plan Audit

Each year, every department at ATA contributes team-specific SMART goals (i.e., goals designed to be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-Based) that contribute to the organization’s overall JEDI Action Plan goals. These goals are annually reviewed by ATA’s JEDI Coordinator and anonymous, internal advisors. Once feedback is returned and any edits and clarifications are made, the JEDI Coordinator creates a report for the entire organization to review and discuss during the annual audit each February. Afterward, we publish a brief summary of the year’s work and a shortlist of initiatives and goals for the following year. Read our annual JEDI Action Plan audit summaries.  


Fund for Education Abroad Access Partner

CET is a proud Access Partner of the Fund for Education Abroad (FEA). FEA’s mission is to increase the number of underrepresented students from the U.S. who study abroad. FEA awards scholarships help make study abroad a reality for their scholars. Every year, students are eligible to apply for CET-specific scholarships through FEA. 

Identity Abroad Scholarship

CET is committed to helping students of all identities access international experiences—especially those historically underrepresented in study abroad. To support this mission, the Identity Abroad scholarship is awarded to students with demonstrated experience engaging with their communities and who can thoughtfully articulate how study abroad might challenge, reinforce, and shift how they approach their identit(ies).

Three awards are given each term: $3,000 for fall/spring programs and $2,500 for summer programs. Priority is given to students who also demonstrate financial need. Explore scholarships at CET

CET Jordan: Academic Consultation Board

Over the years, we’ve built a strong network of locally-based faculty that we’re proud to call our peers. These faculty make up our Academic Consultation Board—a select group of local voices and thought leaders that help advise and shape components of the CET Jordan program. 

Board members support the program in many ways, including but not limited to:

Academic Consultation Board Members

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