Welcome to the Rainbow SIG Website!

 

The Rainbow Special Interest Group (SIG) is comprised of diverse members of NAFSA: Association of International Educators whose goals are to counsel international students and study abroad students who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer; to support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer professionals in international education; and to combat homophobia, heterosexism, and transphobia within NAFSA.


How to Get Involved


Thank you to our 2024 Sponsors!

Annual Fundraising Campaign

Your sponsorship will help advocate for LGBTQIA+ professionals and students in the field of education abroad!

The Rainbow Special Interest Group (SIG) is comprised of diverse members of NAFSA: Association of International Educators whose goals are to counsel international students and study abroad students who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer; to support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer professionals in international education; and to combat homophobia, heterosexism, and transphobia within NAFSA.

By sponsoring Rainbow SIG’s 31st Annual NAFSA Reception in New Orleans, you support our work advocating for the rights of LGBTQIA+ professionals in International Education. Your contribution also helps fund the Fund for Education Abroad’s (FEA) newly-endowed Rainbow Scholarship, providing sustainable funding for deserving LGBTQIA+ students to study abroad.

The Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) created the Rainbow Scholarship in partnership with Rainbow SIG to provide funding for LGBTQIA+ students wanting to study abroad. Recipients of the Rainbow Scholarship are deserving LGBTQIA+ students who aim to participate in high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs. Many LGBTQIA+ students are financially independent from their families, making it challenging to fund study abroad. The FEA Rainbow Scholarship fund was created specifically to address that need. Rainbow SIG is partnering with FEA again to create an endowment for the scholarship fund, making it possible for the scholarship to live in perpetuity. 

NAFSA Rainbow Annual NAFSA Fundraising Campaign Sponsorships:

Rainbow Circle ($5000+)

  • Silver Sponsorship of the FEA Annual Gala
  • Name and logo featured on FEA’s website
  • Acknowledgment in all materials and thank yous related to FEA through 2024
  • 20 beverage tickets at the NAFSA Rainbow SIG Reception
  • All Gold Donor Rewards

Gold ($3,500-$4,999)

  • Name and logo featured on all NAFSA Rainbow SIG promotional materials in 2024, including for NAFSA National and Regional events
  • Dedicated email to all Rainbow SIG subscribers
  • 10 beverage tickets at the NAFSA Rainbow Reception
  • All Silver Donor Rewards

Silver ($2,000-$3,499)

  • Dedicated sign at the NAFSA National Rainbow SIG Reception (if received by May 1)
  • Acknowledgment in all materials and thank yous related to NAFSA Rainbow SIG through 2024
  • All Bronze Donor Rewards

Bronze ($500-$1,999)

  • Name and logo featured as sponsor on Rainbow SIG landing page
  • Acknowledgement as a sponsor at the NAFSA Rainbow SIG Reception (if received by May 1)
  • All Friends of Rainbow SIG Donor Rewards

Friends of Rainbow SIG ($100-$499)

  • Name featured as sponsor on Rainbow SIG landing page

YOU CAN SPONSOR IN ONE OF TWO WAYS:
(1) Rainbow Scholarship donation: Make your donation directly on the Rainbow Scholarship donation page, then complete this form with your donation confirmation. You can also donate using the QR code below.

QR code to donate to the Rainbow Scholarship

(2) Rainbow SIG sponsorship: Donate directly to the Rainbow SIG organization by entering your information and letting us know how much you would like to donate using this form and we will send you an invoice to complete the process.


Thank you for considering this opportunity to support LGBTQIA+ students and their dreams to study abroad in safe and healthy environments! 

If you would like to do additional outreach to raise funds for Rainbow SIG’s 30th anniversary or have any questions about sponsorships, please contact us. 

As a reminder: We must receive your donation by May 1, 2024 for your organization to be recognized as a sponsor at our 2024 NAFSA National Rainbow Reception. Donations received after May 1 will still receive all other benefits outlined.

Jason Schroeder & Shawna Parker

Rainbow SIG Co-Chairs

jschroeder@iesabroad.org & sparker@ceacapa.com

Thank you to our major 2023 sponsors!

AFS Intercultural Programs
A League of Her Own
CEA CAPA Education Abroad
CET Academic Programs
CIS Abroad
DIS Study Abroad in Scandanavia
Gateway International Group
IES Abroad
ISEP
LewerMark Student Insurance
Pitchers DC
Shorelight Education
SIT School for International Training
USAC University Studies Abroad Consortium