Diversity and Inclusion

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, ensuring a welcoming, hospitable program environment that promotes student learning.

We take a holistic approach to supporting diverse students: 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 training on supporting diverse 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. 

Anti-Racist Action Plan

In November 2020, Academic Travel Abroad (ATA), CET’s parent organization, announced an organization-wide anti-racist action plan. This plan extends out as far as 2030 and aims to make diversity, equity, and inclusion work an integral part of who we are and what we do as an organization. We want these actions to be woven into the very fabric of our organization, so that the work of this plan will be viewed by internal and external stakeholders alike not as an “add-on” series of steps, but instead as a key component of the CET/ATA workplace. By achieving the goals we have set in this plan, CET and ATA will establish a solid platform from which to extend the plan’s continuation, one that aims even higher, when the next decade arrives.

Actions to Transform our Workplace

  • Hire and retain more people of color, with the goal of having a staff that is more diverse in each racial/ethnic category.
  • Identify and remove barriers that might be impacting our ability to hire more candidates of color.
  • Conduct a yearly audit that focuses on retention of employees of color, and make recommendations that will enhance our retention of these employees.
  • Continue organization-wide discussion sessions at least three times annually on racism and inequity in the U.S. and abroad.

Actions to Transform our Programs

  • Overtly include DE&I considerations in program goals, descriptions, and curricula.
  • Create, provide, and update yearly resources for CET students and ATA travelers that forefront DE&I considerations, such as information on race and racism in the countries in which we operate.
  • Conduct a yearly audit of print and digital marketing materials that focuses on looking at our materials through the lens of diverse student experiences.

Actions to Transform our Industries

  • Commit to increase the number of people of color-owned businesses, vendors, restaurants, hotels, venues, and tour staff we work with wherever possible within the U.S. and in foreign destinations.
  • Continue our strong support of the Fund for Education Abroad.
  • Support National Tourism Association efforts to increase diversity and inclusion efforts in travel.

Student Resources

Diversity & Inclusion by Program

Each CET program contains a page of location-specific diversity and inclusion information. This information aims to give students a picture of the cultural climate, accessibility options, and health and diet information needed in order to prepare for a successful term abroad.

Student Voices Blogs

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. Read D&I-related posts from students all over the world below:

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. 

Meet the CET-FEA Scholars:

Donovan Carter, Howard University, Spring 2020, CET Colombia
Muhammad Ali Mojaradi, University of Michigan, Fall 2019 & Spring 2020, CET Jordan
Son Phan, Macalester College, Spring 2020, CET Japan
Hillary Tun, Connecticut College, Spring 2020, CET Taiwan & Summer 2020, CET China: Virtual Intensive Language and Culture
Alex Anthony-Williams, University of Pittsburgh, Summer 2019, CET Taiwan
Kaylee Henderson, Kalamazoo College, Fall 2019/Janterm 2020, CET Beijing
Katelyn Shadowens, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Fall 2019, CET Harbin
Melodie Vuong, University of Texas at Austin, Summer 2019, CET Shanghai
Sarah Bradbury, Lewis & Clark College, Spring 2019, CET Japan
Tina Chiem, Clark University, Spring 2019, CET Vietnam

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