Temple Education Abroad is committed to standing against racism and social injustice in the U.S. and around the world. We condemn the unwarranted violence and senseless killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless others in the black community. The protests taking place in Philadelphia and around the world have demanded all of our attention, but this problem is not new. This is a call to action: we must all do better.
At the core of our mission, we seek to foster the development of intercultural understanding and empathy and to provide access to quality study abroad programs so that all of our students can become more competent and engaged global citizens.
Part of being engaged global citizens means taking action locally, while thinking globally. At this pivotal moment, we see citizens from all 50 states and numerous countries taking a stand against systemic racism and police brutality. These are all people standing up for their local communities, while putting national - and international - pressure on the institutions that continue oppression. We stand with our students, staff, and faculty who are exercising their power as global citizens in this fight for justice.
Students of color remain disproportionately represented in study abroad: according to the latest IIE Open Doors report, only 6% identify as Black or African American, while 70% identify as White. We seek to build more diverse study abroad communities by supporting students of color through expanded advising and scholarship opportunities. We are also committed to building on-site programming that fosters inclusion and encourages students to engage with their host communities in ways that advance social justice. We pledge to listen more, to educate ourselves, and to carefully examine our operations, language, and programming to ensure we are actively anti-racist and doing more to use our collective voices for change.
We are committed to this work and to our continuous improvement - we recognize that there is much more work to do.