Diversity Abroad

Preparing the next generation of global leaders

Diversity Abroad connects talented diverse and underrepresented students and graduates to international education and career opportunities that will prepare them for leadership in an interconnected world.

Our Story

Founded in 2006, Diversity Abroad is the leading international organization which connects diverse students, recent graduates and young professionals with international study, intern, teach, volunteer, degree and job opportunities.

Diversity Abroad was founded on simple concept; connect a fast growing and diverse population of students and young professionals with meaningful international opportunities that will prepare them for future education and career opportunities.

DiversityAbroad.com launched in 2006 followed by the Go Global Campus Tour in 2008. In 2010 Diversity Abroad launched the Diversity Abroad Network, the first international education consortium dedicated to increasing participation and better serving the needs of diverse and underrepresented students in international education

Our Story
Our Mission

Our Mission

To ensure that students from diverse economic, educational, ethnic and social backgrounds are aware, have equal access and take advantage of the benefits and opportunities afforded through global education exchanges.

Our Team

Our team members pride themselves with first hand study abroad experience.

Trixie Cordova

Student Outreach Coordinator

Trixie has been developing her professional career in international education for over 7 years. With experiences studying, working, interning, volunteering and researching abroad, Trixie has amassed a broad range of valuable travel and life lessons that she hopes to share and pass on to other enthusiastic and young aspiring global citizens.

As an undergraduate at UC Berkeley, she studied abroad in Florence, Italy, sparking what would become a lifelong passion for international travel, global education, and cross-cultural exchange. After receiving her BA in Sociology and American Studies in 2005, she continued working in and around San Francisco before moving to Japan to teach English as a member of the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program. Trixie lived in rural Japan for 2 years, during which she traveled extensively throughout Japan and Southeast Asia.

In 2009, she moved to New York City to earn her MA in International Educational Development with a concentration in Peace Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her thesis, "Critical Study Abroad", advocated for increased international educational opportunities for underserved youth, specifically at the high school level. She is interested in intersecting education abroad with social justice and peace education to promote more critical learning spaces while traveling and experiencing new cultures.

Since moving to New York City, Trixie has worked with organizations that recognize and promote global education. She served as Education Director for World Up, a non-profit music education program in Brooklyn that uses global hip-hop to education youth about issues affecting their communities. She has also worked with Peace Boat US, the stateside partner of Peace Boat in Tokyo, Japan that travels around the world promoting human rights and peace education. Before joining Diversity Abroad in the summer of 2014, Trixie worked at the Office of Global Programs at Columbia University supporting program staff as a Graduate Assistant.

She is a Bay Area native and grew up learning her parents' native Tagalog, and speaks conversational Japanese. She is excited to promote the broad range of support and services that Diversity Abroad offers to students around the country on the Go Global Campus Tour.

Deidre Ellis

Student Services Manager

Deidre is an international education professional with a passion for exposing and connecting diverse groups with international experiences. She is dedicated to identifying, understanding, and providing solutions to address barriers to international education for participants, institutions, and other study abroad professionals. Deidre's journey to the field of international education began with a semester study abroad experience to Italy where she was one of only 3 students of color on a program of over 100 students. In light of this discrepancy and because of the overwhelming impact that study abroad had on Deidre, she immediately began to educate and encourage other students of color regarding study abroad upon her return. This has led to numerous opportunities to share information about study abroad with underrepresented students and professionals who work with these students through presentations at international education conferences, her role as a travel blogger, her previous professional positions, and more informal opportunities (such as counseling through referrals).

She has previously worked at University of Maryland Education Abroad where she coordinated diversity initiatives, managed two of the office's in-house study abroad programs, as well as other "duties as assigned" including advising, managing pre-departure orientation, and handing the scholarship processes. Prior to entering the field of international education, Deidre has had experiences as a middle school teacher and in corporate wholesale marketing. She is a graduate of SIT Graduate Institute's Master of Arts in International Education Program where her studies focused on diversifying international education and creating internationalization solutions for Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs). Deidre is originally from Memphis, TN and obtained her Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing at Howard University, a historically Black university in Washington, DC. Deidre joined the Diversity Abroad team in 2013.

Andrew Gordon

Founder & President

Andrew is the Founder and President of Diversity Abroad. With a passion for working with diverse and underrepresented students, language, and cultures he founded Diversity Abroad in 2006 to help ensure all students had equal access to the benefits afforded through international education. Andrew has written and spoken extensively on topics pertaining to access, diversity, inclusion, and underrepresentation in international education. He has spoken on such topics at professional conferences including: NAFSA, AIEA, Forum on Education Abroad, Diversity Abroad, GIC, Going Global, CIEE, IES Abroad, and UCEAP.

Additionally, Andrew has consulted higher education institutions, non-profit and for-profit organizations, and government agencies on diversity and inclusive good practices for international education. He is a member of NAFSA: Association of International Educators, where he serves on the Committee on Underrepresentation. He is also a member of AIEA, EAIE, National Association of Black Accountants (NABA), and the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting (ALPFA). Andrew is an alumnus of INROADS and Association for the International Exchange of Students in Economics and Commerce (AIESEC). Prior to starting Diversity Abroad, he worked as an associate at Deloitte and Touche and as a corporate real estate consultant for Duff and Phelps in San Francisco. Andrew is a graduate of the University of San Francisco and studied abroad in Mexico and Spain, and interned abroad in Madrid. He is fluent in Spanish, proficient in French and Portuguese and has traveled throughout Europe, South America, and parts of Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.

Lily Lopez-McGee

Diversity Abroad Network Manager

Lily currently serves as the Manager for the Diversity Network at Diversity Abroad where she manages a professional network of institutions around the U.S. to improve student access to and participation in international education. She is a member of the Global Access Pipeline Initiative and an alumnus of the Institute for International Public Policy Fellowship. She is currently working toward her doctorate in education with a focus on international education at George Mason University. Lily is a graduate of the University of Washington, where she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

In addition to her professional pursuits, Lily has been involved in community organizing events and volunteers for community and youth-serving organizations. Prior to joining the Diversity Abroad team, Lily served a Program Manager at UNCF Special Programs Corporation, a student organization adviser at the University of Washington in the Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity, and a student instructor at the Digital Learning Commons. She is deeply committed to equalizing access to education and increasing opportunities for underrepresented students to gain international credentials. Lily is bilingual in English and Spanish and has traveled through parts of Latin America and Western Europe.


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