In accordance with its mission, AHA is committed to ensuring equitable access to its programs for all students. Beyond this commitment, AHA believes in the importance of fostering an inclusive and diverse student body in its programs, as an integral part of its mission to foster an appreciation for diverse perspectives and cultures through international education. AHA seeks to engage and support students from a variety of backgrounds including but not limited to students of color, LGBTQ students, students from under-represented ethnic groups, first-generation college students, and students with varying physical abilities.
In this section of our website we have gathered resources that may be useful to students from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives as you prepare for an experience abroad. We are always seeking to expand this resource area, so you are encouraged to check back often for new information, and to share with us other resources that you may come upon elsewhere!
In addition to reviewing these resources, we encourage all students to consider the following steps as you prepare for an experience abroad:
• Talk to your home campus study abroad office, home campus diversity support services, and your AHA Student Services Coordinator about any concerns or questions you may have about the study abroad experience.
• If you have concerns about how someone from your particular background will be received abroad or about difficulties you may encounter, be sure to address these explicitly with your home campus advisor and/or AHA. Ask if there are study abroad alumni from your campus or program with similar backgrounds who can provide a first-hand perspective.
• Do as much research as you can prior to going abroad about your destination – its culture, history, current events, current legal and socio-cultural attitudes towards diversity. The resources on this page are a good starting point but each will point you towards additional readings/resources that may be helpful.
• Once abroad, be open to new experiences and perspectives, as well as to asking for help, advice, or support when needed – from peers, from your on-site staff and professors, from the AHA office in Eugene, and from your home campus.