July 10, 2013

Making a World of Difference

The Center for Global Citizenship celebrates SLU's diversity and commitment to international education.

As Saint Louis University's international reputation grows, so has the global presence on its St. Louis campus. This May, the University opened its $8 million Center for Global Citizenship, located in the newly renovated West Pine Gym.

The 70,000-square-foot center brings the Office of International Services, the International Studies Program and the English as a Second Language Program under one roof, as well as the Cross Cultural Center, the Center for Sustainability, the Center for Service and Community Engagement, and the Center for Intercultural Studies.

The highlight of the stunning new space, however, is the gym's former basketball court, which has been transformed into student commons with access to media from around the world and a 1,000-seat auditorium with adaptable multi-screen technology.

The University has already hosted a number of events in the new space, including the annual conference of professionals involved in international higher education, and a informal program and reception for graduating international seniors in May.

The Center will also be available to host future ATLAS Week events, international speakers and informal gatherings to discuss and watch global events, such as the Olympics or World Cup.

With nearly 1,000 students from more than 70 different countries, as well as nearly 350 students studying abroad in more than 15 different counties each academic year, the new Center for Global Citizenship will help SLU transform students into educated and knowledgeable members of the global community.

St. Louis-based Fox Architects designed the space, and McCarthy Buildings Cos. Inc. served as construction manager for the project.

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