DEI at API Means
Individualized Experiences for

Every Individual

API demonstrates its commitment to inclusiveness by providing affordable and accessible programs, offering individualized support, and conducting ongoing diversity education and training for all API staff. No matter who you are or where you come from, API will support you during your experiential learning journey.

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Experiencing Ireland with API

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

API is committed to providing enriching international experiences to its participants. We believe in the importance of promoting acceptance, dignity, and respect among people of all backgrounds. API demonstrates its commitment to inclusiveness by providing affordable and accessible programs, offering individualized support, and conducting ongoing diversity education and training for all API staff. No matter who you are or where you come from, API will support you during your journey abroad.

Our DEI Committee

The Genesis

In order to put structure and action behind what we think and feel about DEI — to, in effect, put the walk behind the talk – we formed a cross-functional team with members from every division in our company to lead us all in the charge toward greater diversity, inclusion, and equality both inside our proverbial walls and for those we serve. The committee has formed actionable goals in various areas, including increased diversity among those we hire, a focus on delivering experiential learning to students of color, the underserved and those with disabilities.

As we make progress toward our DEI goals, we’ll post updates here and on our blog, and as we recover from COVIDs impact on our business, we will work to do even more.

Committee Members

  • Executive Leadership – Jennifer Attal Allen
  • Enrollment Management – Laura Bahamonde & Lauren Daniels
  • Finance – Kristin Flor
  • Human Resources – Kim Capano
  • International Operations – Courtney Greene
  • Marketing – Rachel Skinner
  • Programming & Product Design/Technology – Jamie Weaver
  • Student Success – Erica Sowder
  • Experiential Learning Consulting Group – Jason Kouba, Leiann Mar & Julie Van Vechten-Smith

Resources for All

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For Students with Disabilities

Understanding which locations can be the most accommodating is an important first step for those with disabilities. API provides advice and guidance leveraging our knowledge of the dynamics on-site, including accessibility, availability of medical facilities, academic policies and cultural perceptions and behaviors.

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For LGBTQ+ Students

API has assembled a list of resources for you to review, but we also encourage you to independently research  the country’s laws and cultural attitudes regarding sexuality and gender identity in which you plan to travel.

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For Non-Traditional Students

Defined as students older than the typical college age range, non-traditional students can study, intern, teach, or volunteer abroad too!

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For Student Veterans

The first step in planning for your education abroad experience is to speak with your VA representative and your university study abroad office so both the VA requirements and your educational goals are met.

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For Students Needing Financial Support

Traveling and living abroad can be financially challenging, but it’s not impossible! Start planning early, and read on for advice and advice and financial aid info.

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For Racially and Ethnically Diverse Students

Depending on where you go, you may be redefining what an American is for our international counterparts. Diverse representation is vital in creating stronger global citizenship within the U.S. and the world at large.

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For Students Practicing Religion

Our staff are available to connect participants with resources in order to feel religiously and spiritually supported throughout your journey abroad.

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For First Generation Students

Being a first generation student can present its own set of challenges, and now, you may also be the first in your family to travel or live abroad! API can support you

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For Female Students

Whether you are traveling independently or in a group, in order to have a positive and safe experience abroad, it is important to know the culture, laws, and social issues regarding women in each country where you’ll be traveling.

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“Going into to study abroad with an open-mind about how I may be perceived as a black, Bahamian female with an American accent helped me to respond with resilience to any obstacles I encountered. Once I arrived, my API Resident Directors gave an on-site orientation that described cultural expectations and etiquette that we should keep in mind for different social situations. I tried my best to assimilate into their culture, while not losing my personality and myself in the effort. I was able to share and talk through challenging moments I encountered with my host mom. My strategy of keeping an open mind in turn became my best defense.”

Simone Biasuzzi
API Grenoble

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API Community Letter

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