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January 24, 2017 -- Santa Monica College (SMC) has won a 2017 Andrew Heiskell Award for Innovation in International Education for its Global Citizenship Initiative, school officials announced Monday.

SMC was one of two institutions that received an award in the Internationalizing the Minority Serving Institution category, which was created this year. It shared the award with Virginia Union University (VUU), a historically black university in Richmond, VA.

The college's Global Citizenship Initiative was championed by President Emeritus Chui L. Tsang to help build multicultural awareness by supporting everything from scholarships for minority students to study abroad and faculty to travel to ethnic festivals and lectures.

The "forward-looking" initiative, said SMC Superintendent/President Dr. Kathryn E. Jeffery, "established a culture in which SMC students are actively aware of both the opportunities and responsibilities of living in a global, interconnected society.

"From Santa Monica College, students can literally go anywhere,” Jeffery said.

Santa Monica College has the second highest international student population among community colleges in the U.S., college officials said.

The initiative resulted from a faculty task force convened in 2008 and currently provides $75,000 a year in funding.

“A collective institutional vision was adopted as a priority by the college, and backed up by resources for it to become a reality," said Kelley Brayton, SMC Dean of International Education.

"The entire effort, of course, was made possible by collaboration among faculty, staff, and administrators who created this innovative approach to allow our diverse student body to develop a global perspective.”

The awards are presented every year by IIE, an independent, not-for-profit organization founded in 1919 that has a membership association of more than 1,300 colleges and universities.

“The campuses that IIE is recognizing this year have developed new approaches to extending more study abroad opportunities to a broader segment of their student populations and integrating international programs into the campus experience,” said IIE President and CEO Dr. Allan E. Goodman.

The Heiskell Awards are named for the late Andrew Heiskell, a former chairman of Time Inc., philanthropist, and a long-time member of IIE's Board of Trustees.

More information about SMC’s Global Citizenship initiative is available at

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