The International Coalition for Global Education and Exchange Launches White Paper on Advancing Global Stability through Peaceful Exchange

April 7, 2021

As a member of the International Coalition for Global Education and Exchange, ISEP is excited to announce the recent launch of The White Paper on Advancing Global Stability through Peaceful Exchange.

The paper was jointly authored by ISEP CEO & President, John S. Lucas and coalition members: Roslyn Clark Artis, President of Benedict College; Connie LeDoux Book, President of Elon University; Jennifer Clinton, CEO of Cultural Vistas; James P. Pellow, President and CEO of CIEE, Inc; Dawn Michele Whitehead, Vice President of the Office of Global Citizenship for Campus, Community, and Careers at the Association of American Colleges and Universities.

The paper discusses the importance of increasing access to international education programs and outlines ambitious goals for U.S. policymakers. “We call on the U.S. government and business and higher education leaders across the nation to make an investment in developing a national strategy and supporting it with sufficient resources so that we might build a stronger foundation upon which to achieve the peaceful world we all seek,” said Melissa Torres, President and CEO of The Forum on Education Abroad.

The coalition calls for:

  • Doubling the number of international students and exchange visitors (from over one million) who study, work, intern, and train in America by 2025, to learn about American values and our ways of life and return to their countries with a more positive view of our country, our culture and our citizens.

  • Doubling the number of high need Americans who study abroad by 2025, to develop the intercultural skills and competencies to compete in the global economy and contribute to solving global challenges.

  • Doubling the number of U.S. students studying science and technology abroad by 2025, to return to the US with knowledge and networks that America needs to remain the leader in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM programs), business ventures and discoveries.

  • Increasing resources and opportunities for U.S. students traditionally underrepresented in education abroad: doubling the number of Black, Indigenous, Latinx, first generation college students and increasing the number of LGBTQ+ that study abroad by 2025.

Access the full white paper.

The Forum on Education Abroad will be hosting a free online webinar on the White Paper on Monday April 26 12 EDT I 4 PM UTC, register here. You can also read more about the International Coalition for Global Education and Exchange here.

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