The University of Iowa

Commitment to Internationalization Lecture Series

Andrew Gordon

Social entrepreneur and CEO & Founder of Diversity Abroad

Advancing Equity & Inclusion Through Global Engagement

November 17, 2020, at 3:30 p.m.  via Zoom

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Andrew Gordon is a social entrepreneur and CEO & Founder of Diversity Abroad.  With a passion for student success, global engagement, and social entrepreneurship, he founded Diversity Abroad in 2006 with a simple vision, that the next generation of young people from historically marginalized backgrounds are equipped with the skills, experiences, and networks to thrive in the 21st century interconnected world and globally diverse workforce.

As an international advocate for student success through equitable access to global education, Andrew speaks and writes extensively on leveraging global education to support student’s academic success, interpersonal growth, and career readiness. He consults colleges & universities, non-profits, companies, and government agencies on developing, implementing, and monitoring diversity, equity, and inclusive practices, policies, and strategies in their global engagement operations.

Andrew is fluent in Spanish and proficient in Portuguese. He is a graduate of the University of San Francisco and has studied, worked, and traveled in 56 countries.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Diversity and Enrichment


Past Lectures

Hans de Wit

Internationalization of Higher Education for Society, Moving Back from Competition to Co-operation
presented by Hans de Wit
Professor and director of the Center for International Higher Education (CIHE), Boston College

Thursday, November 7, 2019 | 5:00 p.m. -6:00 p.m.  | 1117 University Capitol Centre (UCC)
Read a Q&A with Hans de Wit


Image of Philip Altbach

The Peril and Promise of Internationalization in the Era of Trump, Brexit and Global Competition
presented by Philip Altbach
Research Professor and Founding Director, Center for International Higher Education at Boston College

Monday, March 11, 2019 | 4:30 p.m. | University Capitol Centre, Room 1117
Read a Q&A with Dr. Altbach




Exploring the Value of Strategic International Science Engagement
 presented by Elizabeth (Libby) Lyons
 National Science Foundation’s Office of International Science and Engineering

 Friday, March 30, 2018 | 4:30 p.m. | University Capitol Centre, Room 2520D (2nd floor Conference Area)

Madeleine Green



Are We There Yet?: The Long (and Winding) Road to Global Learning for All
presented by Dr. Madeleine Green
Senior Fellow, International Association of Universities
Senior Fellow,  NAFSA: The Association of International Educators

Thursday, November 2, 2017 | 4:00 p.m. | Old Capitol Senate Chamber
Read a Q&A with Dr. Green


Kevin Kinser

International University Research Ventures: A Faculty-Focused Agenda for Comprehensive Internationalization
presented by Kevin Kinser
Professor and Head, Department of Education Policy
Senior Scientist, Center for the Study of Higher Education Pennsylvania State University
Senior Fellow for Internationalization NAFSA: Association of International Educators

Friday, March 3, 2017 | 4:30-5:30 p.m. | Old Capitol Senate Chamber
Read a Q&A with Dr. Kinser


 Ellen Hazelkorn

Internationalization and the Geopolitics of Higher Education
presented by Ellen Hazelkorn
Policy advisor to the Higher Education Authority, Ireland

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 | 4:30-5:30 p.m. | Old Capitol Senate Chamber
Read a Q&A with Professor Hazelkorn

Check out Ellen's commentary during a special discussion on WorldCanvass: