Dexter (Dex) Burns is a doctoral student in the Human and Organizational Learning program at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. A Provost's Doctoral Fellow, his research interests focus on minority accessibility to global careers and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) efforts within organizations engaged in international affairs.
An experienced researcher and HR professional, Dex has managed internship programs and has led diversity recruiting efforts within international organizations in both the federal and nonprofit sectors. He is the founder and President of First Trip, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works to increase minority representation in study abroad and encourage the pursuit of global careers.
Dex continues to work closely with international organizations and business leaders who are committed to ensuring that future generations of global leaders and professionals mirror the nation’s diverse populace and intellectual perspectives. He is a member of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and is a part-time Lecturer at the Elliott School of International Affairs.
First Trip ● Chicago Council on Global Affairs ● World Affairs Council of Central Illinois ● U.S. International Trade Commission ● Diplomatic Corps ● Center for Strategic & International Studies ● Illinois Global Institute ● Elliott School of International Affairs
According to the NAFSA: Association of International Educators, Black and Latinx students are frequently underrepresented in study abroad demographics in the USA. As an avid world traveler myself, I established First Trip to provide passport vouchers, travel scholarships, and mentoring to minority students traveling abroad for the very first time. Click link below to see our work!
With over 6 years’ recruiting experience within DC -based international organizations and federal agencies, I have conducted resume workshops and global career mapping seminars for students and young professionals interested in global affairs. Participants are provided the fundamentals necessary to pursue careers in international affairs. Are you interested in hosting me at your institution? Let’s talk!
As we continue to move toward a more equitable society, international organizations must develop more inclusive recruiting and outreach strategies. Changes are also needed within company culture to drive such strategies. I skillfully examine workplace dynamics that enhance (or impede) diversity within int'l organizations. Let's explore your organization’s recruiting objectives together!
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