Diversity and Identity
The Office of International Safety & Security is committed to promoting safety travel experiences for all Kennesaw State University travelers. If you have specific concerns related to identity abroad, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Our office offers individual health and safety advising for students as well risk consults for faculty or staff travelers abroad.
Similar to cultural norms and laws, both the perceptions of reasonable accommodations and the presence of actual accommodations vary from one country to another. Developed countries tend to be more accessible than developing countries, however standards still vary significantly. Always be aware of what the attitudes and laws are in your host country(ies) and take appropriate steps to mitigate health, safety or security concerns during your travels. Travelers are encouraged to research potential accessibility, issues and reasonable accommodations early in the travel planning stages.
Students on an education abroad program who anticipate or experience barriers based on a disability or who need accommodations to successfully participate in an international experience are encouraged to inform their education abroad program coordinator at their earliest opportunity. Requests for specific housing, mobility or sensory accommodations are easier to source the earlier in the process the request is made.
- Mobility International USA
- Department of State Traveling with Disabilities
- Diversity Abroad - Students with Disabilities Abroad
- Kennesaw State University Student Disabilities Services
Gender, Religion, Race and Ethnicity Abroad
Travelers of all genders, religions, races and ethnicities can encounter different stereotypes or cultural norms while traveling abroad. It is important to research what the different standards or expectations are for socially acceptable behaviors as well as what the gender roles are in your destination. Some countries may have laws or other restrictions for individuals identifying with a specific gender. Travelers identifying as LGTBQ are encouraged to read the Office of International Safety & Security’s LGBTQ+ information.
Travelers are also encouraged to gain an understanding of any ethnic, racial or religious conflicts that may exist in your destination, and how your racial, ethnic or religious identity may be perceived in that culture.
- Diversity Abroad – Minority & Students of Color Abroad
- Kennesaw State University Cultural Awareness Resource Center
- U.S. Department of State Women Travelers
- Diversity Abroad – Women Going Abroad
- Kennesaw State University Women’s Resource Center
Travelers who identify as LGBTQ+ should be cognizant that not only social norms, but also laws impacting LGBTQ+ individuals vary from one country to another. Always be aware of what the attitudes and laws are in your host country(ies) and take appropriate steps to mitigate health, safety or security concerns during your travels.
In countries where same-sex laws are more prohibitive, be sure to avoid public displays of affection. Some countries carry severe penalties for members of the LGBTQ+ community, so practice caution with whom you disclose information in these locations in particular. This caution extends to the use of dating apps while abroad.
Information for Transgender Individuals
Travelers who are transitioning or who have transitioned may have additional immigration and health-related concerns. If traveling for an extended period of time, contact CISI for information related to continuation of HRT and its availability or legality in your destination. For information on TSA screening protocols and your rights at airport security at U.S. border crossings, please visit The National Center for Transgender Equality.