Education Abroad (EA)


Flipping the Script: Re-framing Study Abroad to Support Underrepresented Students

Thursday, November 14
1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Location: Baltimore

Advising underrepresented students is a necessary component of increasing access and inclusion within education abroad.  Many advisors may not share the same underrepresented background as the students they are advising, which can result in advising from a deficit perspective, i.e. focusing on overcoming challenges as opposed to focusing on positives.  This session will explore how we can flip the script and focus on advising students from a positive perspective and highlighting the unique skills that make them ideal candidates for study abroad programming.

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Keara DeKay, M.Ed.

University Relations Manager- Mid Atlantic
CISabroad - Center for International Studies

Keara DeKay has worked in the field of international education for over five years and is currently the University Relations Manager for the Mid-Atlantic with CISabroad. Previously, she was the Senior Study Abroad Advisor at the University of South Carolina. She earned her B.A. at Brandeis University, and her M.Ed. from the University of Texas at Austin. In 2018, she was recognized as Diversity Abroad Rising Star for Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion in International Education (EDIIE).


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Marisa A. Gray

Program Manager, Latin America & the Caribbean
Morgan State University

Marisa A. Gray is the Program Manager, for Study Abroad, in the Center for Global Studies and International Education under the Division of International Affairs at Morgan State University. Prior to this, she served as the Coordinator for the HBCU-Brazil Alliance Program at Morgan. She has over eight years of experience working in higher education and five years of experience in the area of international education, advising and providing support to students studying abroad. Marisa also has experience working with faculty-led study abroad programming and international students.
Marisa is currently a Doctoral Candidate in the Higher Education, PhD program at Morgan State University. One of her main research interests involves understanding the African American student study abroad experience. Her current proposed research describes how African American students respond when they come in contact with another culture and exploring the impact of study abroad on the development of cultural sensitivity among these students. Marisa also received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Business Administration at Morgan State University in 2009 and 2011 respectively.


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