MHC will be given award for global education.

Simon Award logo.

By Keely Savoie

During a live-streamed event in Washington, DC, Mount Holyoke College President Lynn Pasquerella will accept the 2015 Senator Paul Simon Award for excellence in international education on behalf of the College on Tuesday, November 17. The week of November 16 marks the 16th anniversary of International Education Week.

The College is among eight institutions selected to receive the prestigious honor from NAFSA: Association of International Educators.

Pasquerella will be part of a panel discussion on internationalization in higher education with presidents of the the other award-winning institutions, starting at 4:00 p.m. A reception and awards ceremony will follow.

The College community will be able to watch the live stream of the event in the Williston Memorial Library atrium.

A tradition of leadership in international education moves into the future

Mount Holyoke was among the first institutions to send women abroad for scholarly study. In 1928, three Mount Holyoke students studied for a year at the Sorbonne in Paris. In 2004, the College established the McCulloch Center of Global Initiatives to serve as a catalyst for comprehensive international education.

“Based on a legacy of international engagement reaching back to the early days of the College, international education became a strategic priority at Mount Holyoke in 2003,” explained Eva Paus, founding director of the center and a professor of economics. “The center brought greater cohesion and visibility to international education, and its many initiatives across the College have increased students’ understanding of the global world and their engagement with other cultures.”

In classes and through off-campus experiences, students and faculty analyze questions from cross-disciplinary or cross-cultural perspectives, making connections between the local and the global, and harnessing classroom learning to solve concrete problems. The many forms of integrative and cross-cultural teaching and learning at Mount Holyoke and abroad support the College’s goal of educating women to be the global changemakers of tomorrow.

Today, Mount Holyoke is committed to giving all students access to the life-changing experiences that learning abroad often provides, Paus noted. Over the past few years, the College has funded nearly all students who apply for a Laurel Fellowship in support of study abroad. And a 2013 pledge to fund one summer internship or research experience for every student now makes it possible for all interested students to have an internship abroad.

“We are thrilled to be recognized as a national leader in global education,” said Paus. “Through courses, conferences, research, international internships, study abroad, collaborations with external partners, and the unique learning opportunities offered by international student and faculty diversity, Mount Holyoke students acquire the skills they will need for citizenship and careers in today’s global world.”

Tune in Tuesday, November 17, at 4:00 p.m. EST to see the event here.

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