Pamplin shares success in its first-ever international experiential learning program, DEIB Around the World
In partnership with the Global Education Office and the Steger Center for International Scholarship located in Riva San Vitale, Switzerland, 26 diverse undergraduate students set off for a 10-day journey through Europe.
The Pamplin College of Business Office for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) recently held its first-ever international experiential learning program, DEIB Around the World. In partnership with the Global Education Office and the Steger Center for International Scholarship located in Riva San Vitale, Switzerland, 26 diverse undergraduate students set off for a 10-day journey through Europe.
Over those 10 days, students gained hands-on knowledge about the opportunities and challenges international firms and managers face when engaging in cross-border business, learned practical skills to create organizational value through international market expansions, applied learned concepts from Pamplin’s international business course, and were exposed to the inner workings of gaining a job or internship abroad while enhancing cross-cultural communication skills through engagement with community members. Student activities included daily journaling, documenting observations, evening reflection discussions, as well as a final group project.
The goal of DEIB Around the World is to increase international access for underrepresented and underserved populations while enhancing student cultural humility and practical skills broadly in a global business context, aligning with the third goal of Pamplin’s implementation plan for Strategic Initiative 5.6, Build a Model Inclusive Community: to advance the academic mission in Pamplin through DEIB.
DEIB Around the World is the first program of its kind to offer students the opportunity to travel abroad without the stressor of finances. All program fees including airfare, lodging, meals, and even passport expenses were covered for students. This program directly aligns with Virginia Tech’s President Tim Sands’ Beyond Boundaries vision, an initiative to dramatically improve the university’s access and affordability for students, which has been identified as a leading strategic priority for the university by Sands and the Board of Visitors.
“DEIB Around the World was created to offer diverse students the opportunity and access to experience learning abroad and all it has to offer,” said Janice Branch Hall, associate dean for DEIB. “Airfare, lodging, passport fees, and more were barriers that many of these students faced with a traditional study abroad program. We are actively working to create a more sustainable model for this experiential learning program in a way that articulates global and societal impact. We will continue to advocate for life-altering programs such as DEIB Around the World to foster greater impact. These students' lives will never be the same thanks to these unforgettable moments.
“This is just the beginning.”
See below for additional photos from the trip. Visit pamplin.vt.edu/DEIB to learn more about DEIB’s programs, events, impact, news, giving, and more.
Written by A'me Dalton