The CGIS Brief

Designed to be 20-30 minutes in length, the CGIS Brief was created to give CGIS staff and prospective study abroad students an opportunity to have a conversation on various topics as a way to encourage students to start thinking more about their time abroad prior to departure. Topics range from heritage seeking, being an ally abroad, the pandemic, and more!

We encourage everyone to ask questions throughout the conversation or share out any insight of their own. Each event is co-facilitated by the CGIS Brief Team (Ashton, Callie and Stephen) every other Thursday at 3:00pm EST on Zoom!

Event Accommodations:

Do you need any accommodations that we should know about (disability, dietary needs, etc.)? We encourage you to share this information with us as early as possible, so we can put in place any reasonable accommodations. Please contact the CGIS Accommodations email ( to submit an accommodations request.

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Oftentimes, our experiences are completely different from our peers. The reality is that we all carry different identities and they all come with their own unique privileges and barriers. Navigating those identities abroad can be very different from what we may be used to in our own communities. This is why allyship can be very powerful when traveling with peers. So how can you support your peers abroad if they are discriminated against or left out of group activities? How can you identify this is happening in the first place? This brief will discuss ways in which you can serve as an ally while studying abroad with peers of various socioeconomic, racial/ethnic, and religious backgrounds to name a few.

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