It Takes a Village

Holistic Emancipatory Framework for Students of Color in Study Abroad


  • Metrice Harris-Weedman


African American and Latino students continue to remain underrepresented in American study abroad programs.  Building on emancipatory frameworks (i.e. double consciousness/multiple consciousness, critical race theory, and Sen’s capability approach), a new conceptual framework is introduced under the acronym MENSCH which involves identifying multiple consciousness, exploring identity intersections, naming power structures, investigating study abroad contexts, using the capability approach, and highlighting knowledge, skills, and abilities. The chapter then deconstructs the acronym to illustrate how MENSCH can pragmatically be adapted in support of underrepresented students (including Latino and African American students).  This model also rejects frequently utilized deficit perspectives to work holistically and systemically towards building more inclusive study abroad programs and student experiences.


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Author Biography

Metrice Harris-Weedman

METRICE HARRIS-WEEDMAN, PhD Candidate, is a doctoral student in Education and Social Justice, University of Lancaster in the United Kingdom.  Her major research interests lie in the area of underrepresentation in study abroad and multiculturalism.  She founded CEO-I (, a study abroad nonprofit program to reduce cost and increase opportunities for students of color. 




How to Cite

Harris-Weedman, M. (2021). It Takes a Village: Holistic Emancipatory Framework for Students of Color in Study Abroad. STAR Scholar Books. Retrieved from