SIT Academic Director Kwabena Opoku-Agyemang cited for inclusive excellence

Publication Date: October 12, 2022
Publication Location: Berkeley, California
Contact: Kate Casa  |  [email protected]

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Dr. Kwabena Opoku-Agyemang

Diversity Abroad has named SIT Ghana Academic Director Kwabena Opoku-Agyemang as the recipient of the 2022 Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion in International Education (EDIIE) in the Individual/Professional category of Inclusive Excellence in Teaching. The announcement came during the annual Awards Gala & Dinner at Global Inclusion 2022, the 10th Annual Diversity Abroad Conference.

“Each year, Diversity Abroad recognizes institutions, organizations, and individuals implementing strategies that tackle underlying inequities in global education and striving to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in the field of global education. We congratulate the 2022 EDIIE Award recipients for their tireless efforts to advance access to and sense of belonging in global education for the students they serve,” said Lily Lopez-McGee, executive director of Diversity Abroad.

“I receive this award on behalf of a fantastic team of staff members who work hard to provide an enriching experience for students who come to Ghana looking to test preconceived notions," said Dr. Opoku-Agyemang, who serves as academic director on two SIT Ghana programs: Globalization, Cultural Legacies, and Afro-Chic, and Hip-Hop, Resilience, and Black Struggle.

"We do our best to ensure that all students feel included and welcome, so we are both humbled and honored to have been awarded this prestigious award," he continued. "It is my hope that African countries and programs will continue to be recognized for the work we do in improving notions of diversity and inclusion.”

Dr. Opoku-Agyemang has directed SIT programs in Ghana since 2018. His experiential programs include students from both U.S. and Ghanaian universities. 

Through the Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion in International Education Awards, Diversity Abroad celebrates outstanding institutions, organizations, individuals, and students who have developed inclusive practices that increase access, foster diversity and inclusion in international education, and promote an inclusive environment for international students on campus.

Diversity Abroad is the leading membership organization that inspires and supports educators, policymakers, industry professionals, and other stakeholders in leveraging global educational programs to support the academic success, interpersonal development, and career readiness of students from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds.