Semester at Sea Diversity & Inclusion
Semester at Sea is committed to fostering a shipboard community inclusive of all identities. The foundation and primary focus of every SAS voyage is the diversity of people, perspectives, and places. A welcoming and inclusive shipboard culture will help facilitate a unified, compassionate community that is considerate of all people and perspectives, resulting in a collaborative and progressive experience for all throughout the voyage.
Diversity Advisory Committee
In February 2015, ISE launched a cross-departmental Diversity Advisory Committee. The ISE Diversity Advisory Committee or IDAC, comprises of ISE staff members across multiple departments, where each member leads a specific focus area. IDAC members commit to work together with committee members, but more importantly, with all ISE staff to help meet our goals to increase enrollment, resources, and support systems for underrepresented voyagers, before, during and after their voyage.
We commit to strengthen our perception as leaders in diversity in the International Education field by increasing collaboration with key organizations, university partners, and international field operators. We also commit to find ways to increase diversity and inclusion in the Fort Collins, CO office.
- Increase enrollment of underrepresented groups amongst students, faculty and staff
- Enhance support systems/resources for underrepresented groups pre-voyage, during the voyage and within alumni communities
- Build and/or strengthen relationships with key university partners regarding diversity initiatives
- Promote Diversity & Inclusion in the ISE home Office
Who We Support
Our goal is to increase enrollment and support services for voyagers identifying with underrepresented groups. Underrepresented groups can be specific to:
- First Generation
- High Financial Need
Maya's Memo: A Semester at Sea vlog! - Spring 2018 Voyage
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Naily Nevarez - Spring 2017 Voyage
“And so it begins… Cannot thank my family enough for all the support and guidance they’ve given me ever since I was accepted into the Semester at Sea program. Estoy tan agradecida de tener una familia tan amorosa y me siento afortunada de tener esta oportunidad ❤ muchas gracias por todo y los quiero bien mucho! 😊#sassp17 #semesteratsea”
Kameron Dunbar - Spring 2017 Voyage
“My friend wasn’t quite sure how to react the first time someone grabbed her braid. I wasn’t quite sure how to respond when a little boy came up and began to rub my hand, scratching it to see if the color would rub off on him. A familiar concept became unfamiliar to me in new ways. Being Black in America was a feeling I was accustomed to. And while not always being the most comfortable situation, I was familiar with being the minority in a larger group. None of this prepared me for being Black in China—an experience I was unprepared for.”Follow Kameron's Blog