Diversity in Study Abroad
Goucher College is committed to providing study abroad programs that meet the needs and interests of our diverse population of students. The Office of International Studies now partners with Diversity Abroad, and we offer confidential advising for students who have questions and concerns about study abroad relating to personal identity. We encourage all students to visit the following sites and speak with an OIS advisor to learn more about personal identity and study abroad. The best thing you can do if you're concerned about your own diversity while studying abroad is to research your host country and familiarize yourself with the country's culture, history, and laws.
Racial and Ethnic Concerns: Racism, unfortunately, is something that anyone may encounter all around the world. However, this should not prevent anyone from going abroad. Remember, different attitudes exist wherever you go regardless of your ethnic or racial background. Do your research on your host country.
Being Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or Transgendered Abroad: Be aware that the places you visit can be more or less liberal than what you are used to at home. Laws and attitudes toward sexual orientation and different lifestyles vary from country to country. For example, in some countries, it is a serious crime to be gay; however, in the Netherlands, gay marriage is legal. The best thing you can do is to thoroughly research your host country before leaving.
NAFSA Rainbow SIG Student Resource: LGBT Issues Abroad
Brandeis University Resources for Students with Special Interests
Black Study Abroad/BSA Minority Study Abroad
Special Opportunities for minority students