Diversity, Equity, 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

Actions to Transform our Programs

Actions to Transform our Industries

Student Resources

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. 

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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