Meet Kayla Joseph our new TODOS Engagement Coordinator! We asked her a couple of questions for you to get to know her better and understand her position.
- Tell me a little about your background?
I recently graduated from North Carolina A&T State University with a Bachelor’s in International Studies and a minor in Spanish. I had the chance to study abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina and gain a better appreciation for different cultures, and it was this experience that sparked my interest in underrepresented communities and their boundaries with studying abroad. After returning, I had interned with Church World Service working with refugees by helping them prepare for the citizenship test. I also worked at NC A&T in the Office of International Affairs and became a member and eventual president of Aggies Abroad, a club dedicated to promoting study abroad on campus.
- Why did you want to work for Barcelona SAE?
I wanted to work for a company that believed in having accessible options for all students that want to study abroad. I was very impressed with the TODOS Initiative and the amount of effort that went into the different programs and trainings. I also liked the amount of attention that the students receive when they are in Barcelona. It seemed like this company goes above and beyond for its students and I wanted to be apart of that.
- What do you hope to accomplish in your new role?
This role is all about outreach to Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) to increase access to study abroad for their students. I would like to increase the amount of MSIs we partner with and the amount of outreach to the schools. I would love to see more minority students traveling abroad and understand that it is possible.
- What do you think is the biggest challenge around education abroad/diversity and inclusion work today?
I think one of the biggest challenges starts with helping families support their children who are thinking about studying abroad. There are a lot of stigmas around who studies abroad, paying for study abroad and what it even looks like from an academic standpoint. Families can have a lot of influence on a students decision and that is why it is so important to address these issues using different tools such as parent forums and online student guides.