The Global Engagement Studies Institute, a service learning study abroad program run by Northwestern's Roberta Buffett Institute for Global Studies, was honored this year with the Excellence in Diversifying International Education (EDIE) award for outstanding contributions to access, diversity, and inclusion in international education and exchange.
The award is given annually by the Diversity Abroad Network, the leading professional consortium of higher education institutions, government agencies, for-profit and non-profit organizations dedicated to advancing diversity and equity in international education. The Buffet Institute accepted the award on behalf of Northwestern University.
GESI is the Buffett Institute’s primary undergraduate initiative and complements the many other efforts at the Institute that work to diversify international education and strengthen internationalization on campus. Founded in 2007, GESI is now the university’s largest and most diverse international studies program with approximately half of participants representing underrepresented student populations. The Institutional EDIE goes to Northwestern in recognition of achievement in the development of practices that foster diversity and inclusion in international education and exchange as well as encourage an inclusive campus environment for international students.