Date of Graduation

Fall 12-8-2023

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Organization and Leadership (O&L)


School of Education


Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Jessie Blundell

Second Advisor

Melissa Canlas


Students of Color study abroad at rates lower than their white peers, thus missing out on the academic, personal, and intercultural benefits one can gain from studying abroad. The purpose of this thesis was to conduct a qualitative case study to examine how a study abroad program supports its Students of Color during the pre-departure phase of study abroad. This case study uses Critical Race Theory as its theoretical lens. Research for this case study included interviews with four study abroad practitioners from one study abroad program, and a review of the study abroad program’s online spaces. This thesis endeavored to answer two research questions: (a) what do study abroad practitioners identify as the specific needs of Students of Color in the pre-departure phase?; (b) in what ways do study abroad practitioners specifically aim to support Students of Color during the pre-departure phase? Results answering research question one can be categorized under the following themes: (a) the needs of Students of Color are varied; (b) Students of Color need access to study abroad; (c) Students of Color need support for navigating their identities, racism, and discrimination. Results in response to research question two can be categorized as follows: (a) representation; (b) partnerships; (c) resources and advising. This thesis concludes with a discussion of the evidence in regards to both research questions.