Opening Ceremony & Keynote Speaker
Tuesday, June 22, 2021
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM (PDT)
  • Welcome by Randall Martin, Executive Director at the BC Council for International Education. 
  • Traditional opening, land acknowledgement
  • Keynote address by Andrew Gordon

Andrew is a social entrepreneur and CEO and founder of Diversity Abroad. With a passion for student success, global engagement, and social entrepreneurship, he founded Diversity Abroad in 2006 with a simple vision, that the next generation of young people from historically marginalized backgrounds are equipped with the skills, experiences, and networks to thrive in the 21st century interconnected world and globally diverse workforce. As an international advocate for student success through equitable access to global education, Andrew speaks and writes extensively on leveraging global education to support students’ academic success, interpersonal growth, and career readiness. He consults colleges and universities, non-profits, companies, and government agencies on developing, implementing, and monitoring diversity, equity, and inclusive practices, policies, and strategies in their global engagement operations.

Andrew is fluent in Spanish and proficient in Portuguese. He is a graduate of the University of San Francisco and has studied, worked and traveled in 56 countries.

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