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For Immediate Release: March 7, 2012

Providence College Receives National Award for International Education Program

Providence, R.I. – Providence College has been selected as a recipient of the 2012 Senator Paul Simon Spotlight Award.

PC earned this prestigious honor for its Global Studies Program, an innovative educational experience that focuses on internationalization. Specifically, the global studies major invites students to learn about globalization from the dual perspective of the theory and praxis of global citizenship in local and international communities.

As an award recipient, PC, along with two other institutions, will be profiled in the National Association of Foreign Student Affairs (NAFSA) : Association for International Educators report, Internationalizing the Campus 2012: Profiles of Success at Colleges and Universities, which will be published in fall 2012. In addition, the College will be honored at an event in Washington, D.C., in November during International Education Week.

 “We take such a collaborative approach in the Global Studies Program, so this award really is a recognition of how much can be accomplished when students, faculty, and community partners jointly work together toward a shared vision,” said Dr. Nicholas Longo, director of the Global Studies Program at PC. 

Initiated in 2005, the Program draws on concepts from disciplines across the humanities, political science, and economics to allow students to learn more about how societies around the world are converging and challenging geographic and political frontiers, while at the same time celebrating individuality. The Program examines the interconnectedness among individuals, communities, governments, and organizations across the world, and offers students theoretical and applied frameworks to understand the pillars of a globalized planet.

“Selection for the Senator Simon Spotlight Award is a recognition that our interdisciplinary Global Studies Program ranks among the very best. It is also external validation that international study—a requirement for the Program—is now truly an integral component of the academic experience for PC students. This is a great honor for the College and for the Program,” said Adrian Beaulieu, dean of international studies at PC.

Named for the late Senator Paul Simon (D–Ill.), this award recognizes outstanding and innovative efforts in campus internationalization. It is presented to institutions for overall excellence in internationalization efforts as evidenced in practices, structures, philosophies, and policies.

Sen. Simon was well known as a strong supporter of international education and foreign language learning. The Simon Act is a congressional initiative to greatly expand study abroad opportunities for U.S. undergraduates. The bill has had strong bipartisan support in past sessions of Congress, and carries the endorsement of nearly 50 higher education and international education organizations.

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Chrissy Centazzo
Public Affairs and Community Relations Coordinator
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