International Education, Diversity, and Inclusion: Opening the Window to the World


Episode Summary

In this episode, Steve discusses the diversity and inclusion of international students and why it is important to incorporate global perspectives into a student’s learning. Steve’s perspectives on diversity, equity and inclusion were shaped by his upbringing in multicultural Canada, his experience as a church volunteer in the southern United States, traveling on projects in South Asia, and working with students from across the world. Steve advocates that a wholesome college experience should include global learning and intercultural experiences at home and abroad.

Stephen McDowell

Assistant Provost International Initiatives
Associate Dean, College of Communication & Information
John H. Phipps Professor of Communication
Curriculum Vitae


Stephen D. McDowell serves as Assistant Provost for International Initiatives at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. He has also served as Associate Dean in the College of Communication and Information since 2013, and is John H. Phipps Professor in the School of Communication at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. He was Director of the School of Communication at FSU from 2002-2013.

McDowell’s research and teaching interests address news content, new communication technologies, and communication policies in South Asia and North America. He has co-edited with Sahana Udupa, Media as Politics in South Asia (Routledge, 2017). He has co-authored, with Phillip Steinberg and Tami Tomasello, Managing the Infosphere: Governance, Technology, and Cultural Practice in Motion (Temple University Press, 2007), and written a book on India’s communication policies, Globalization, Liberalization and Policy Change: A Political Economy of India's Communications Sector (St. Martin’s, 1997).

McDowell has held fellowships with the Canadian federal Department of Communications in Ottawa, Canada (1987-1989), with the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute in New Delhi, India (1989-1990), and a Congressional Fellowship supported by the American Political Science Association in Washington, D.C. (1994-1995). He served as Chair of the Communication Law and Policy Division of the International Communication Association from 2008-2010.

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