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Diversity Matters

Global Temple Conference

Studying abroad can present different challenges to different groups of students, and we strive to provide resources that help students get the most out of their experience, with individual differences in mind.  Our staff is SafeZone trained and works with the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, Advocacy and Leadership (IDEAL), and the Office of Disability Resources & Services to accommodate students with a variety of needs. Please see the following sections for more detailed information, and if you have a specific concern, make sure to contact us to set up an individual appointment with one of our program managers.As a Diversity Network Member Institution, Temple University's Education Abroad office is committed to increasing access, diversity and equity in international education and to enhancing the experience of study abroad students. As a Diversity Network Member Institution, students, staff and faculty have access to a variety of member resources to assist members in meeting the challenge of inclusive excellence in global education.

Race and ethnicity abroad

No two students studying abroad ever have quite the same experience, even in the same program and country. This same variety is true for students of color and those from U.S. minority ethnic or racial backgrounds. 

Sexuality and gender expression abroad

Cultures vary in terms of how sexual and gender identities are defined and understood. You will find that attitudes and tolerance toward gay, lesbian, bisexual, and trans issues vary from country to country, and possibly even within each country, as they do here in the U.S. Some countries are more welcoming and legally protective than the U.S., while others are less accepting and more restrictive.

Students with disabilities

An increasing number of students with disabilities are successfully participating in study abroad opportunities. A key factor in ensuring your success abroad is anticipating what needs you will have in relation to your disability, and discussing your individual circumstances in full with the disabilities resources office at your home university, as well as with Education Abroad, long before traveling.

Religion and sexuality abroad

Religious and spiritual practices vary from location to location, as do tolerance levels towards minority practices. Depending on where you choose to study abroad and your preferences, religion and spirituality could play a significant role in your day-to-day routine. It's important to research religious and spiritual practices in your host country before you go abroad.