Funding supports program administrator, research and planning
Geneva, N.Y. — The Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation has awarded a grant of $75,140 to the Center for Global Education (CGE) at Hobart and William Smith Colleges to conduct a series of new planning activities and assessments related to international study and study abroad experiences. This includes the hiring of a program administrator, Wendy Gaylord, to work with the CGE to assess programming the Colleges have in place to enhance students' international experiences. With the Committee on Global Education, she will develop a plan for improving upon these based on best practices in the field and feedback from the campus community in the area of global education.
“HWS is on the forefront of global education among institutions its size,” says Gaylord. “The Colleges feature a large number of study abroad programs with a large number of faculty leading them. HWS also works to internationalize the campus through courses, film series, the study abroad journal, photo contests and the incorporation of new-found knowledge by returning faculty into subsequent courses.”
Among the goals of Gaylord's planning process are to create stronger pre-departure and re-entry programs for every study abroad program. Other aspects of global education on which her work will focus are increasing the number of visiting scholars and international students, and considering options for students wishing to include a focus on international studies in their degree programs.
Gaylord lived and worked in Indonesia for 25 years. She was most recently a consultant for the U.S. Indonesia Society, Washington, D.C., and a Project Citizen trainer for the Indonesian Youth Leadership Program, Center for Civic Education.
The CGE at HWS, created in 2001, was founded on the premise that international education takes place at home and abroad, in the classroom and overseas.
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