Diversity at DIS
DIS aims to be an inclusive, pluralistic, and diverse study abroad institution that prioritizes creating a learning experience and environment where everyone can reach their full potential, and build skills to navigate in the globalized world. Our student body, faculty members, and staff are all diverse in perspectives, backgrounds, nationalities, ethnicity, and skills, which is integral to our overall goal of academic excellence. As a community, we are all responsible for creating the environment that we want to have at DIS, one that stands for equity and equality.
Our Student Body
DIS students come from approximately 200 top colleges and universities throughout North America. You will meet a diverse group of students representing different races, ethnicities, religions, as well as sexual orientations. Students come from small and medium sized liberal arts colleges, large state institutions, from urban, rural, as well as suburban locations. Different nationalities are represented, with approximately 7-8 percent of the student population consisting of international students studying at North American universities.
Building a Supportive & Open Community at DIS
DIS is dedicated to ensuring that all students have a platform for discussion and dialogue regarding diversity abroad. Each semester, the Diverse Identities Social Club (D.I.S. Club) welcomes students to gather, share stories and experiences, and contribute to a community surrounding the topic of diversity.
If you are interested in discussing personal experiences of being an underrepresented student, as well as wider social issues related to diversity and identity, participate in the Diverse Identities Social Club. The club is present at the Activities Fair during Arrival Week – be sure to look out for their table!
While abroad, if you are struggling with identity questions or have the need to talk to someone about your experience, reach out to the Care Team for support.
Should you encounter situations where you feel discriminated against, e.g. by the police, at a nightlife venue, or elsewhere, the DIS Care Team can also provide emotional and practical support as well as guidance on how to file a complaint.