During the 2012 NAFSA Conference and Expo, the GoAbroad Team was pleased to announce the winners of the 2012 Innovation Awards. As part of a continued effort to recognize the hard work and dedication this year’s nominees, GoAbroad will be sharing individual features of the 2012 GoAbroad Innovation Awards finalists over the coming weeks. This week, we are thrilled to bring you the Innovation in Access & Equity finalists!
Please join us in congratulating the following Finalist of the Innovation in Access & Equity Award:
San Francisco State University
“Office of International Programs”
San Francisco State University (SFSU) designed its study abroad model to provide equitable access to all students regardless of income, ability, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, family history, transfer status, or marital status. SF State Study Abroad consists of academically integrated, fully immersive, and affordable semester and yearlong bilateral exchange agreements and system-wide programs. This model has been highly successful.
Students of color make up 54% of SF State study abroad students, well above national average of 19.5%. On campus, the study abroad office has developed partnerships with offices that serve these populations including Trio/SSS, EOP, Project Connect, Transfer Access Bridge, and access initiatives at Community College. Study abroad staff and Peer Mentors give hundreds of presentations each year to thousands of students, on and off campus, all with the message that study abroad is affordable, accessible, and academically aligned.