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The Dorothy R. and Norman E. McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives anchors and drives comprehensive global education at Mount Holyoke.

The McCulloch Center offers meaningful opportunities for students to advance their global competencies—and for faculty to incorporate more global perspectives into their teaching. Through course support, global challenges conferences, scholars-in-residence, international research and internships, study abroad, programs to integrate international students into college life, and more, the McCulloch Center collaborates with partners on and off campus to weave global education into the Mount Holyoke experience.

Global Learning

Acquire intercultural competence:

  • Engage across cultural difference in a language other than your own.
  • Understand that societies respond differently to common needs.
  • Examine your place in the world through engagement with others.

Build global knowledge:

  • Understand global interconnections from an interdisciplinary perspective.
  • Understand how global processes impact communities around the world.
  • Understand the diverse factors shaping inequalities in different countries and communities.

Engage the world with purpose:

  • Appreciate perspectives of people of different cultures and countries.
  • Engage purposefully for a more just and sustainable world.
  • Leverage diverse perspectives in collaborative action for effective problem-solving.

Our Mission

The McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives empowers students to thrive in the diverse and interconnected world of the 21st century. We create and foster educational programming to cultivate knowledgeable leaders and responsible citizens of the global community. The exceptional international diversity of our community offers a powerful context for building global competence.

A unique context for expanding global learning

Jon Western, Dean of Faculty

“Last year, I had students from Eastern Europe and Latin America in one of my seminars, and they had very different perspectives on the projection of American power in their respective regions. This really intrigued and motivated the entire class. I was hoping to introduce the complexity of American foreign policy to the students; it turns out their own collective experiences and perspectives did that much better than anything I could present in class.” — Jon Western, Carol Hoffman Collins Professor of International Relations and Five College Professor of International Relations

The diversity of our international student body (nearly 30% of students from over 50 countries) provides a uniquely powerful context for global learning in the dorms, classes, and campus life.

Interactive map showing numbers of students and their countries of citizenship

Faculty Global Reach

Our faculty are dynamic leaders of international education as shown in their broad global engagement.

  • 68% speak a language other than English
  • 57% use a language other than English in research
  • 35% use a language other than English in teaching

Since 2012

  • 59% have presented a paper at a conference abroad
  • 55% have conducted research abroad
  • 51% conduct research with a global focus

  • 81% encourage discussions that leverage perspectives of domestic and international students
  • 79% incorporate global issues into courses
  • 61% teach classes that compare an issue across countries

  • 78% lived outside of the U.S. for an extended period
  • 31% lived outside of the U.S. for more than five years
  • 27% earned a degree from an educational institution abroad
  • 43% collaborated with an institution outside the U.S. (since 2012)


National Endowment funds pilot program to explore global and local inequalities through humanities lens

Preparing students to become global citizens

National Endowment funds pilot program to explore global and local inequalities through humanities lens.