Diversity & Inclusion on Semester at Sea

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Overview

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emester at Sea is a global program focused on the comparative study of societies and their

environmental systems. In their coursework, students draw comparisons between the multiple

countries on the itinerary and their cultures through experiential, in-country learning opportunities

that spark creative approaches to global challenges. SAS is committed to fostering a shipboard

community inclusive of all identities by focusing on the diversity of people, perspectives, and

places. Semester at Sea is proud to be partnered with Colorado State University.

DIVERSITY INITIATIVES HIGHLIGHTS

ong>Diversityong> Peer Mentoring Program

Before and after each voyage, SAS can connect recent alumni with

prospective voyagers who share similar backgrounds. This is designed to be

an informal mentoring program to share personal voyage experiences.

Student Returnee Panel

Semester at Sea gathered several student leaders from underrepresented

identities who recently returned from a voyage. The panel discussed general

feedback and suggestions for how to adequately prepare and support future voyagers.

Gender Inclusive Housing

Gender inclusive cabins allow for students to share a cabin regardless of a students’

sex or gender. This provides rooming options for a variety of students including

those who feel uncomfortable rooming with members of the same sex, and supports

transgender, transitioning, and gender non-conforming students in their process of

discovering their gender identity/expression.

Shipmate Engagement Activity (SEA) Cards

Resident Directors organize and lead a series of shipboard events throughout the

voyage to encourage participant involvement. A large percentage of these events

explore diversity and inclusion topics. Faculty, staff, and student groups are also

encouraged to lead selected activities.

AFFINITY GROUPS

Affinity Groups are student-lead, on-ship clubs that provide support to students

of similar backgrounds and help educate other voyagers on issues of importance.

Previous groups include Black Student Union, GLBTQIA+ at Sea, and Christian

Fellowship Association.

KAHAL Abroad

SAS partners with KAHAL Abroad to provide meaningful Jewish Experiences in port

and at sea. KAHAL has a student liaison on-board the ship and provides SAS students

with resources to lead services and other programs.

ong>Diversityong> Initiatives & Scholarships:

semesteratsea.org/diversity


DIVERSITY & INCLUSION SCHOLARSHIPS

Inclusive Engagement Scholarship

Award Amount: $5,000 + Flights

(four students each voyage)

Scholars are expected to serve as student

leaders, with a focus on diversity and inclusion

initiatives throughout their voyage. Examples

include organizing student panels, mentoring

Interport Students, leading an affinity group/

club and posting as an ambassador of

Semester at Sea on social media.

over the past three years, ethnically-diverse students

have made up 31.18% of Semester at Sea voyagers.

Through scholarships for underrepresented students,

Semester at Sea is committed to creating an increasingly

diverse and inclusive shipboard community.

Minority Serving Institution

(MSI) Scholarship

Award Amount: $5,000

(four students each voyage)

Open to any student enrolled full time in a

Minority Serving Institution. Scholars are

expected to author reflections and post on

social media throughout their voyage as a

representative of Semester at Sea.

Hispanic Association of Colleges and

Universities (HACU) Scholarship

Award Amount: $10,000

(one student each voyage)

Open to any student enrolled full time in a

HSI/HACU. The HACU Scholar is expected

to video blog, post on social media and act

as a representative of the Semester at Sea

program throughout their voyage. HACU

Scholars must also serve as a ong>Diversityong> Peer

Mentor for one year after their voyage ends.

Historically Black Colleges and

Universities (HBCU) Scholarship

Award Amount: $10,000

(one student each voyage)

Open to any student enrolled full time in an

HBCU/PBI. The HBCU Scholar is expected

to video blog, post on social media and act

as a representative of the Semester at Sea

program throughout their voyage. HBCU

Scholars must also serve as a ong>Diversityong> Peer

Mentor for one year after their voyage ends.

Alumni Support Scholarship

Award Amount: $500-$10,000

(several available each voyage)

These awards are made possible by the

generosity of gifts from our alumni and some

donors have provided funding specifically

for students from underrepresented

identities. Applicants must have a 3.0 GPA,

demonstrated need, have exhibited personal

leadership, and have strong writing skills.

Scholars will be expected to correspond with

their donor throughout the voyage.

I loved having the opportunity to live on the ship where

"

everything and everyone was in close proximity. The RDs were all

a very impactful part of my experience. I also would say that my

extended family has helped support me in being my authentic self

and it is a place where we can all just be ourselves. "

FALL 2017 VOYAGER

Semester at Sea students are eligible for the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship once approved to study abroad by their home institution.

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