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

Associate Director

Trixie began her professional career in international education ten years ago. 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.

While in New York City, Trixie worked with a broad range of organizations, all unified in their mission to 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 also worked with Peace Boat US, the stateside partner of Japan-based Peace Boat, which 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.

Trixie is a Bay Area native and grew up learning her parents' native Tagalog, and speaks conversational Japanese. As Associate Director, she oversees DiversityAbroad.com, manages scholarships, and supports student programming such as The Passport Tour, Campus Fellows program, and Overseas Ambassador program.

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.

Daneen Johnson

Community Engagement Coordinator

Daneen is the Community Engagement Coordinator for Diversity Abroad. She oversees The Passport Tour which is a nationwide campus-based initiative designed to introduce study abroad resources and opportunities to students, faculty and administrators, particularly from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds.

As a Student Affairs Professional, Daneen has experience working with student-athletes, first generation, STEM, honors, low income, and international students. She has also worked within a university career services department where she assisted both undergraduate and graduate students with career readiness and employability skills. Prior to joining the Diversity Abroad team, Daneen worked as an Advisor at Seminole State College of Florida where she worked within a grant program that sought to assist and increase underrepresented minority students pursuing STEM degrees.

As a two-time Alumna of the University of Central Florida, she completed her undergraduate degrees in Hospitality and Restaurant Management. During that time she studied abroad in Italy with an Italian Culture and Cuisine program. She continued her education at UCF completing a M.A. in Educational Leadership with a specialization in Higher Education. During graduate school Daneencompleted a mission trip with her church to Cape Town, South Africa.

Daneen is a proud Take Stock in Children Scholar--a nonprofit organization in Florida with a mission to break the cycle of poverty for low-income, at-risk students by offering college scholarships and provide caring volunteer mentors. In her role at Diversity Abroad, she is able to give back to the local and global community that inspired her career.

Christopher LeGrant

Manager of Operations

Christopher is a professional with over 8 years of experience in international education. He completed his last year of undergraduate education in London, England and soon after returning to the United States he began working for the volunteer and teach abroad organization, GeoVisions, helping to build the outbound division of that organization from scratch. During his six years with GeoVisions, he traveled to 17 countries on five continents, creating and sustaining partnerships to create an influential and growing organization. As Director of Recruitment, he was personally responsible for 40 percent of all annual enrollments, which allowed him to speak with thousands of people about the rewards and challenges associated with living, teaching and working in another country.

These experiences (especially in the Global South) lead to his Masters degree in International Studies from the University of San Francisco, instilling a deep understanding and appreciation of global issues, cultures and theories. His education was heightened by living on a farming cooperative in rural Nicaragua, during which he worked with the cooperative members and conducted over two months of sociological fieldwork. This life changing period reinforced the passion for social justice and equity that underlies all of his work.

Before coming to Diversity Abroad, Christopher worked as the Learning Center Manager for Berlitz San Francisco, which also serves as one of the largest study abroad locations for that company in North America. During this time, he managed the daily operations of the school, including the supervision of roughly 25 employees and instructors, setting performance goals, and managing the school’s monthly and yearly financials.

Christopher is passionate about international education and its role in developing the leadership skills necessary to thrive in the 21st century. He believes deeply that these experiences be made accessible and relevant to all people, and is excited to use his global mindset, critical thinking skills and managerial experience to increase the accessibility of international education for underserved populations.

Christopher grew up in Colorado and New England and has lived in the Bay Area for six years. He speaks conversational Spanish and remains active in promoting the importance of social science in creating a globally minded and active citizenry.

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