Academic Travel Abroad is committed to becoming a more equitable and inclusive organization that better serves our travelers, students, employees, and communities. From the stories we share through travel to the inclusive workplace we strive to create, we welcome voices from all races, religions, origins, abilities, gender identities, and sexual orientations.
In October 2020, we announced an organization-wide Anti-Racist Action Plan (ARAP). This plan was created in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and in recognition of the extreme prejudice directed at Black community, Indigenous Communities, and other communities of color for centuries.
This plan extends out as far as 2030 and aims to make diversity, equity, and inclusion work an integral part of who we are and what we do as an organization. We want these actions to be woven into the very fabric of our organization, so that the work of this plan will be viewed by internal and external stakeholders alike not as an “add-on” series of steps, but instead as a key component of our workplace. By achieving the goals we have set in this plan, we will establish a solid platform from which to extend the plan’s continuation, one that aims even higher, when the next decade arrives.
As we actively unlearn our own biases and do the work to transform our workplace, programs, and industries, we acknowledge that progress may not always be linear. We believe transparency is an important cornerstone of JEDI work and will post updates and other related blog posts here.