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IUPUI Office of International Affairs to present first Global Engagement Award


INDIANAPOLIS –The Office of International Affairs at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis will present a new Global Engagement Award, accompanied by up to $3,000, to an overseas organization that enhances the campus’s international efforts. The award will be presented Feb. 19 at the IUPUI International Festival at the IUPUI Campus Center.

IUPUI community members may submit nominations through Jan. 26..

The annual award honors organizations abroad that have significantly strengthened the campus’s internationalization efforts, said Gil Latz, associate vice president for international affairs for Indiana University and associate vice chancellor for international affairs at IUPUI.

The money that accompanies the award is intended to further the relationship between the recipient organization and IUPUI, he said.

Award winners must demonstrate a long-term partnership with IUPUI that develops students as global citizens and enhances the international efforts of IUPUI. Eligible organizations may include higher education institutions or departments, nonprofit organizations, government institutions, and cultural or diplomatic missions.

“This award will recognize the exceptional efforts of organizations that go above and beyond to provide international opportunities to the IUPUI community,” Latz said.  “Many international organizations enrich our campus life through transformative relationships and play an important role in the university’s new strategic plan.”

IUPUI collaborates with numerous organizations on six continents.  The organizations are essential to fulfilling IUPUI’s international mission and provide tremendous value to the campus through educating and supporting IUPUI students studying abroad, Latz said. These organizations also enhance cultural understanding; share resources and knowledge for international curriculum development; and facilitate the presence of international students and scholars on the IUPUI campus.

The annual Susan Buck Sutton Award will also be presented at the international festival. The award is named in honor of the first associate vice chancellor for international affairs at IUPUI and recognizes IUPUI faculty and staff who have made significant contributions to the study abroad program at IUPUI.