Who doesn't study abroad and what can be done about it?ROUNDTABLE # 1
Facilitator: Janet Miller
Participants: Elisa Baena, Katie Cizauskas, James Godde, Amy Greeley, Urs Haltinner, Patty Lamson, Mandy Reinig
- Which student populations at our institutions are underrpresented in study abroad? Why?
- Minority students and economically disadvantaged students were included in this list.
- We found considerable interest in why men don't study abroad (sparked by the article sent to me by Betsy). One group member stated that, at her institution, sports seemed to dictate whether or not study abroad was possible. And this pertained not only to the athletes (football, especially) but also to fans where those sports were highly popular.
- It was suggested that—no matter who falls into this group—a long-term, developmental approach must be the solution. More people need to be involved in promoting study abroad (teachers, coaches?) so that more of these students are aware of possibilities. We should inform students of benefits to any field of study.
- It was suggested, too, that perhaps a series of (shorter) experiences may be as valuable as a single long-term (semester) experience, especially if those experiences involve hands-on, working, community involvement projects.