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Black+Abroad first launched at Virginia Commonwealth University as an annual event organized and hosted by study abroad alumni students of color as a way to share Black student experiences and engage with students interested in study abroad. Black+Abroad has evolved into a black-focused series in collaboration with Virginia higher education institutions with the mission of denouncing the notions that “Black folk don’t travel”.

Through candid conversations, personal stories of worldly adventures, and discussions around “Blackness” and “Black perceptions” abroad, we hope that students feel inspired, motivated, and gain insight from experienced travelers who had to take the leap to travel for the first time at some point. Black+Abroad is a series that aims at closing the gap between being black and going abroad.

Black+Abroad 2022 is organized by the Education Abroad staff at the following Virginia universities:


Amy Miller, Virginia Commonwealth University

Bethany Gilipeau-Konate, Shenandoah University

Anne Marsh, Bridgewater College

Lauren Devan, Randolph-Macon College

Danielle Davis, Radford University

Sara Coulson, Radford University


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