Celebrating Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at the World Youth and Student Travel Conference


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WYSE Travel Confederation DEI Initiative

We’re beyond thrilled to announce that InterExchange, straight out of the Big Apple, was honored with the Global Youth Travel Award in the category of Best Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion (DEI) initiative. This recognition was presented to us by the WYSE Travel Confederation at the World Youth and Student Travel Conference (WYSTC) in Lisbon, Portugal, on Friday, 15th September 2023.

But what does this award truly represent? The Best DEI Initiative Award highlights our organization’s efforts to take tangible steps toward creating a more inclusive workplace and, ultimately, the travel and tourism landscape. Our efforts have included launching our DEI Committee to design training and workshops for staff, setting up training programs to address unconscious biases, and revising hiring and promotional practices to foster a more inclusive environment.

We’ve always believed that the world becomes a better place when we understand, embrace, and celebrate our differences. Our commitment to diversity and inclusion isn’t just about checking a box; it reflects our core beliefs as a sponsor of cultural exchange programs. Winning this award reaffirms our dedication to creating opportunities for everyone, irrespective of their background, to experience the transformative power of cultural exchange.

So, whether you’re an international student seeking fresh horizons or an American traveler wanting to understand the world a bit better, know that you’re joining a community that champions diversity every step of the way.

Let’s keep exploring, understanding, and learning together!

Machada Smith-McGovern By

Machada Smith-McGovern is the Staff Engagement & DEI Manager at InterExchange. She attended the University of Kansas & Peking University, and holds a B.A. in Chinese Language & Literature and International Studies. Machada's first experience abroad was living with a host family in Beijing in high school, and has been passionate about cross-cultural education and exchange ever since. She is the chair of InterExchange's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee and manages the development of professional development training, education, and events for our staff.

U.S. Department of State-Designated J-1 Visa Sponsor
Alliance for International Exchange
The International Coalition for Global Education and Exchange
European-American Chamber of Commerce New York
Global Ties U.S.
International Au Pair Association
WYSE Travel Confederation