Who We Are

The Dorothy R. and Norman E. McCulloch
Center for Global Initiatives

The McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives promotes, coordinates, and implements Mount Holyoke’s commitment to educate all students for careers and citizenship in a global world.

Cognizant of the dramatic transformations that globalization is engendering in all spheres of life, the college made global education a priority in its strategic plan in 2003. Mount Holyoke College already had many critical elements of international education: a rich array of curricular programs with an international dimension and a highly diverse international student body and faculty. But in the absence of coordinated initiatives to implement a unified vision, disconnected elements of international learning do not translate into broad global education. 

The college established the Center for Global Initiatives in 2004 to anchor and implement the institutional mandate for comprehensive global education in collaboration with all college constituencies. The Center became the agent for bringing greater intentionality and cohesiveness to international education at Mount Holyoke.

An administrative re-organization brought the offices of study abroad, international students and international internships (newly created) into the McCulloch Center. This has generated synergies and shared intentionality in expanding learning abroad opportunities, preparing students for learning abroad, and integrating international students into the college community. Complementing existing disciplinary offerings on global issues, the Center has institutionalized innovative cross-campus initiatives that analyze global topics from a cross-disciplinary perspective. 

The Center works with literally every single office on campus. But the faculty has been the most critical agent in collaborating with the Center in bringing initiatives to fruition and in weaving the threads of global education into the fabric of the institution.

The Center was dedicated in 2006 as the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives. The Center and the College are deeply grateful to Dotty and Norman McCulloch for their generous gift that endowed the Center. We are also most grateful to Carol Hoffmann Collins for her gifts that endowed the Center’s directorship and the global scholar-in-residence program and to Peggy Wolff, Susan Bateson and Dotty and Sandy McCulloch for  their gifts to endow funds in support of international internships.

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