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CEA's Statement on Systemic Racism
CEA is saddened to put out this statement today. We’re saddened that in 2020, we still need to put out a public statement that condemns racism and bigotry. The death of George Floyd is wrong. The death of Ahmaud Arbery is wrong. The death of Breonna Taylor is wrong. The death of any Black person whose only crime is simply living while Black is wrong. Black lives do and have always mattered!
As a leader in education abroad, CEA is amongst a privileged set of organizations that can use our platform and the opportunities we have to work with people across the globe to highlight the injustice experienced by People of Color, and work to end racism once and for all. It would be wrong to stand on the sidelines and do nothing. Silence and apathy is what has lead us down the path we are currently on, and we cannot afford to do so any longer.
CEA prides itself on having a set of core values that not only promote the acceptance of differences and diversity, but inspire excellence and forward thinking in everything we do. As an international organization dedicated to global education, CEA embraces diversity to cultivate respect, inclusion, and academic excellence. We believe that exposing students to a diverse set of cultures, ideas and people will prepare students to make a positive impact at home and abroad.
But our work simply does not stop by making statements like this. We cannot jump on the bandwagon of making broad statements against racism, then go back to business as usual. We can do better, and we will do better. As we emerge from the hibernation forced on us by the COVID-19 pandemic, CEA pledges to educate ourselves on issues of racism and inequity. We pledge to diversify our staff, both in the United States and abroad. We also pledge to renew our efforts to increase access and support diverse and underrepresented students to study and intern on CEA programs.
CEA has been fortunate to thrive and grow in the Education Abroad field for 25 years. International education and creating opportunities for students to leave their bubbles, get out of their comfort zones, and live elsewhere with people different from themselves is even more vital now. It almost seems too simplistic, but we cannot allow fear of the “other” and tribal instinct for self-isolation to stifle the progress we’ve made in bridging cultural differences. We believe that our country, or any country, is only as strong as the sum of its parts. When one community suffers, we all suffer. Black communities across the country are suffering right now, which makes it even more critical that we dig into our mission as international educators, to embrace differences, and continue our work to make a positive impact in the world.
Let’s all work together to make a productive change,
Chairman & CEO
CEA Study Abroad
Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion
At CEA, going abroad for a study or internship experience should be accessible to and inclusive of every student. Whether you are studying an uncommon major, are from a minority ethnic group, have limited financial means, or are considered underrepresented in international education for any other reason, at CEA we want you to know going abroad IS an opportunity for you. Engaging with new people, cultures, and languages is an incredible way for you to learn more about your own identities, values, and beliefs. We want to make sure that that process of self-discovery is an affirming and informed experience. Going abroad can be challenging, but CEA is here to offer the right level of support for you to thrive.
CEA is dedicated to expanding opportunities abroad for students who don’t fit the traditional model. Together with our university partners in the US and abroad, we are working to expand access, increase diversity, support inclusion and benefit not only the participants in our internship and study programs, but the communities they join and the world at large.
CEA's Diversity Statement
As an international organization dedicated to global education, CEA encourages the appreciation of diversity to cultivate respect, inclusion, and academic excellence. We advocate for all members of our community to “Embrace Differences,” one of our core values.
CEA fosters diversity by:
- Offering ongoing awareness training for staff and faculty;
- Facilitating inclusive student experiences through pre-departure advising, on-site arrival orientation, and dynamic curricula that emphasize cross-cultural understanding and global connectedness;
- Creating educational opportunities for students to learn about different cultures and languages;
- Providing resources and support staff so students can report concerns and seek appropriate assistance.
CEA is a proud member of IIE's Generation Study Abroad initiative, which seeks to "mobilize resources and commitments with the goal of doubling and diversifying the number of U.S. students studying abroad by the end of the decade."
The CEA Shop
We want to show our students and university partners we care about diversity where it counts: through funding. That's why we created the CEA Shop. When students and their families purchase our destination-specific products, the profits go toward funding CEA's Diversity Scholarship. Our t-shirts, hoodies, mugs, and tote bags feature beautifully illustrated designs for each of our destinations that can serve as a long-time reminder of a student's time abroad. The CEA Shop gives our students the opportunity to help their peers go abroad, tapping into their desire to make meaningful contributions to their communities and the world.
Join us in our commitment to increasing student diversity abroad.