Engendering a welcoming, supportive and inclusive living, learning and working environment for the entire FIE community.
DIVERSITY & INCLUSIVITY
FIE recognizes the importance of ensuring that our practices, policies, and procedures are ethical, inclusive, sustainable, and in line with our core values. To that end, FIE continues to be on the forefront of innovation in study abroad with dedicated Diversity and Inclusivity leads, and the support of a larger committee to centralize our efforts and give our students the best possible experience while with us in London, Dublin, or Amman.
FIE's dedicated leads, Andrew Francalanza and Ike Mohar as well as any member of our standing Diversity and Inclusivity Committee are always on hand to discuss any new initiatives, ideas, and questions about our values and D&I at FIE.
|Andrew Francalanza||Ike Mohar|
|Diversity and Social Responsibility Officer||Diversity Initiatives and Special Projects Coordinator|
The Foundation for International Education (FIE) is committed to the principle of equal opportunity in education and employment. In the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, employment policies, scholarship programs and other internally administered programs and activities, FIE does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of race, color, nationality, ethnic or national origin; sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression; marital or parental status; religion, belief, or lack of religion/belief; age; disability; genetic information or veteran’s status. In its commitment to ensuring an environment that is welcoming and respectful to all, FIE proactively undertakes initiatives and actions to create an environment that welcomes diverse populations.
DIGNITY & FAIRNESS AT FIE
The ‘Dignity and Fairness at FIE’ policy provides a statement of FIE’s commitment in providing an environment that is free from any harassment, bullying, victimization, and discrimination, and aims to:
- Outline the different legislations followed by FIE
- Define harassment, bullying, victimisation and discrimination
- Define FIE’s stance towards the above behaviours, and
- Provide a framework of support
This document reinforces the good intentions of our various policy statements (harassment, safe spaces, zero tolerance, and equal opportunities) while giving them further definition and pulling together. This policy serves as a behavioural guidance for all FIE community members who are expected to read, familiarise themselves, and comply with this policy, making sure that harassment, discrimination, victimisation and bullying does not happen, and investigated promptly and effectively if any of these concerns occur.
STAFFING AND PROFESSIONAL RESOURCES
FIE staff and faculty hail from all over the globe and from all walks of life. We are equipped to support students from a variety of backgrounds. For vacant roles, FIE welcomes applications from all sections of the community. FIE engages in professional development and dialogue on diversity and inclusivity through association with:
- The Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD)
- The Diversity Abroad Network
- The Forum on Education Abroad
- NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education
- NAFSA: Association of International Educators
- NADP-UK National Association of Disability Practitioners
FIE’s courses reflect an engagement with our values of inclusivity; ethics and human rights; social and cultural engagement and sustainability.
FIE is committed to fostering a living and learning environment which is free from harassment, discrimination, victimization and bullying. We strive to develop an atmosphere in which no member of the FIE community feels under threat or intimidated. FIE operates a zero tolerance policy to these types of behavior and, as such, any allegations of this nature will be taken very seriously. If substantiated, disciplinary action will be taken.
PRE-APPLICATION IDENTITY & DIVERSITY QUERIES
Study abroad students of all backgrounds face unique challenges in adjusting to their host country and cultural nuances. FIE encourages students to reflect that as a study abroad student, you bring more than just physical belongings with you to the host country, but also your personal culture, background, experience, values, interests, and identity.
FIE seeks to support students with their adjustment process as much as possible. As you are preparing to apply for your FIE study abroad programme, please feel free to contact us if you have any questions, concerns and support needs around aspects related to your identity, such as diversity, background, LGBTQ+, religion and faith, first generation, disabilities, veteran or any other aspects related to your own self.