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Santa Monica College Wins Award for 'Comprehensive Internationalization'  

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March 10, 2017 -- Santa Monica College (SMC) is the recipient of a new award given by the world’s largest nonprofit international education and exchange association, school officials announced Thursday.

The inaugural Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization from NAFSA Association of International Educators recognizes “excellence in integrating international education throughout all facets of university and college campuses,” according to the association.

The award -- named after the five-term Democratic congressman and two-term senator from Illinois -- also was presented to Florida State University, the University of Iowa and the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Kathryn E. Jeffery, SMC Superintendent/President, said the award "is confirmation of Santa Monica College’s commitment to diversity at every level.”

“All of us at Santa Monica College take great pride in our success in cultivating a truly global campus environment,” said Dr. Kathryn E. Jeffery, SMC Superintendent/President.

“Every member of the SMC community -- especially students -- is actively aware of the wonderful opportunities of living in an interconnected society where we share in the responsibilities of striving for a common good, and learning about each other in the process."

The Senator Paul Simon Award is the second award given to SMC this year in recognition of its global citizenship efforts.

In January, the college was awarded a 2017 Andrew Heiskell Award for Innovation in International Education for its Global Citizenship Initiative ("Santa Monica College Wins Award for Global Citizenship Initiative," January 24, 2017).

The Initiative was championed by SMC President Emeritus Chui L. Tsang to help build multicultural awareness at SMC, which has the second highest international student population among community colleges in the nation with 3,400 students from more than 100 countries.

The Initiative supports everything from campus events such as ethnic festivals and lectures to scholarships that enable minority students to study abroad and faculty to travel.

“The success in creating a collective institutional vision, which the College then adopted as a priority, is truly commendable," said Kelley Brayton, SMC Dean of International Education.

"The credit goes to scores of faculty, staff, and administrators who created this approach to allow our diverse student body to develop a global perspective.”

To learn more about SMC's Global Citizenship Initiative click here.

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