#URepresentation Matters Blog
The #URepresentationMatters series is a collective of stories highlighting the voices and experiences of people historically excluded from the international education narrative.
For those working and living abroad, what does it mean to work as a Black International Educator overseas? How have you answered questions about your nationality while traveling?
Why Underserved Countries Matter in International Education: Insights from a Belizean Study Abroad CEO
Rhondine Petrof (she/her), Founder and CEO of Toucan Education Programs, shares how her study abroad company inspires entrepreneurship and growth while contributing to the Belizean community.
I wanted to work in NYC but ended up in China! How my job search led me to be a school counselor abroad!
Kisha Hugh-Abban (she/her), a Jamaican-American, shares how she started her career as a School Counselor in China and her advice to international schools seeking to be more inclusive.
Taking And Making Space: How Being A Barbadian Immigrant Led Me To Pursue A Career In International Counseling As A Mental Health Advocate
Cheryl-Ann Weekes (she, her) is a Barbadian school counselor that has built a career working internationally. Passionate in advocacy for mental health, boundaries, and positive self-talk, Cheryl-Ann uses her experience to help support and create connections with her students.
Kimberly Hall is a Jamaican music educator living and working in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. With experience developing a culture of learning and inciting a love for music in all students, she views lifelong learning as her guide to exploring the world.
Rebecca Johnson (she/her), a Korean-American, shares how she creates more inclusive, sustainable international programs and resources on campus as the only study abroad staff of color across her university.
A first-generation Thai-American, shares how her experience as a volunteer English teacher in her parents’ home country inspired her to work to support international students struggling to adjust cross-culturally.
Noora A. Alie (she/her) remembers the struggles of her Arab immigrant parents and uses these early memories to support international students as they transition to their studies in the U.S.
Lived Experience, Arab Identity, and Intersectionality Provided the Roadmap to Inclusive Global Citizenship
Michael Ziadat (he/his), the proud son of immigrants and a first-generation Arab American, felt a life-calling to support the needs of learners by helping them break through academic, social, linguistic, cultural, and economic barriers. Michael's decade-long work in international education, ESL, and adult education shines through…
Avishta Seeras (she/her), Creator and Producer of the Lingua-Cultura Experience, create multilingual spaces to connect, share, learn from one another, and practice languages.
Tanith Fowler Corsi (she/her), WASAN founder, thrive in cross-cultural and global environments while helping others to do the same.
From Surviving to Thriving: Supporting Black Male Self-Discovery, Identity, and New Possibilities in Life Abroad
Michael Ruth (he/his), a global explorer and BIPOC Focused Yoga Studio Owner, shares how his decision to leave the U.S. opened up new pathways of self-discovery and personal healing.
Adrienne M. Waller (she/her), Owner of Worldwide Educator, shares how an 8,000-mile relocation between continents during COVID bolstered her international career and sparked her entrepreneurial energy to help other Black educators do the same by seeking a job abroad.
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), Global Education DEI specialist, 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 (he/his), 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 (she/her) 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 (she/her) shares with URep Abroad how her Colombian-American identity shaped her worldview and approach to being resilient.
Dr. Miguel Ayllon (he/him) shares how his Latino heritage guided him as an international educator and how valuing people over tasks helped him find his calling.
To help educators strengthen their skills in intentional and compassionate dialogue, we share why intention does not always equal impact. For the 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.
Ujjaini Sahasrabudhe (she/her) shares her experience 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.
Samantha Deleon (she/her) shares her career journey as a first-generation Filipino American working in international education.
Felix Wang (he/him) shares his experience as an Associate Director in International Education.
Sallie Ly (she/her)shares her experience as a Korean American working in international education.
Michael Tseng (he/him/his) shares his experience as a Chinese American English as a second language (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 no idea that my project of re-creating a Japanese flag would be the driving force to me working in international education.