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The URep Abroad Blog
The #URepresentationMatters Blog aims to highlight the international education journey from un- and underrepresented professionals, students, and leaders. These blogs and vlogs provide a peek into the diverse communities of international educators while highlighting critical issues, providing advice and insight, and inspiring future generations.
A Language Barrier Prevented Me From Knowing My Family, So I Became Fluent In Spanish and Reconnected With My Roots
Elisabet Raquel García (she/they) shares how language barriers prevented her from connecting with her family and how her determination to build a relationship prompted her to become a fluent Spanish speaker in five years.
William D. Webber (Associate Director of Membership at Partners of the Americas) shares his experience becoming fluent in French and Spanish and how it changed the trajectory of his life.
Dr. Shawntia Key (CEO and Founder, URep Abroad) shares her complicated history with language learning and the 4 tips she learned while traveling the world.
A Conversation with Samantha Peralta: Impacting Generations Through Community Outreach & Mexican American Pride
Samantha Peralta shares with URep Abroad how her Mexican-American heritage and being outside her comfort zone sparked her determination to work in the international education field.
A Conversation with Ashley Jaramillo Cason: Resiliency, Triathlons, and Inspiring Future Colombian Educators
Ashley Jaramillo Cason shares with URep Abroad how her Colombian-American identity shaped her worldview and approach to being resilient.
Dr. Miguel Ayllon shares how his Latino heritage guided him as an international educator and how valuing people over tasks helped him find his calling.
In a quest to help Educators strengthen their skills in intentional and compassionate dialogue, the @URepAbroad staff shares why they chose the topic intention ≠ impact for their upcoming webinar "What to Say When You Don’t Know What to Say."
Emily Falica (she/her/they) shares with URep Abroad why she took a chance to travel while living with Alpha-Gal, a tick-borne autoimmune disorder.
Former Miss Belize Intercontinental, Maryam Abdul-Qawiyy (she/her) shares with URep Abroad how being a Belizean American influences her career and how bringing good vibes can positively influence a crowd.
Juneteenth should be celebrated as a significant moment in U.S. history and used to uplift African Americans. Here are three alternative ways employers can recognize Black Employees during Juneteenth.
Kwame Gayle (he/his) shares how his identity as a black, Afro-Caribbean, queer immigrant living and working abroad has led him to recognize the inclusive value of "making space for others" while "taking up space" at the table to ensure representation.
URep Abroad interviewed Valentina Arecy (she/her), co-founder and former Vice President of Queens Company, about her professional experiences as a Haitian woman and a first-generation college graduate.
URep Abroad interviewed Kwan Segal (she/her), CEO and Founder of ICAway, on how she used her experience as a Thai international student to develop customized training programs to help international students prepare to enter the U.S. professional world.
URep Abroad interviewed Ujjaini Sahasrabudhe (she/her) about building her international education career after relocating to the United States.
URep Abroad interviewed Lindsay Kamakahi (she/her) about being a Native Hawaiian and Chinese Global Strategist in International Education.
URep Abroad interviewed Samantha Deleon (she/her) about her career journey as a first-generation Filipino American working in international education.
URep Abroad interviewed Felix Wang (he/him) about his experience as an Associate Director in International Education.
URep Abroad interviewed Sallie Ly (she/her) about her experience as a Korean American working in international education.
URep Abroad interviewed Michael Tseng (he/him/his) about his experience as a Chinese American ESL lecturer.
This article provides FIVE TIPS for recovering from losing your job and rebuilding your professional confidence!
He gave his speech not looking at me, and all other eyes were shifting at me, on me and towards me. Never has this happened until it is the Black professor's turn.
The Game teaches you the importance of having “receipts” (meaning, have proof and save those emails!), having allies across departments, building an inventory of favors, and the importance of mentors.
When I was in elementary school, I had to re-create a country’s flag. I had no idea that that project would be the driving force to international education.