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Center for Global Citizenship Honored for Innovation in International Education

Saint Louis University's Center for Global Citizenship has been honored with the Innovation Award in Internationalization by the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA). SLU is the inaugural recipient.

The award highlights exceptional programs, projects or initiatives aimed at advancing internationalization and directed by senior international officers on their respective campuses.

An important element of the award focuses on developing programs that can serve as models for other institutions that are new to the field or those looking for new approaches for their current programs.

Among many accomplishments, two areas stand out as part of SLU's recognition.

Development of a Center for Global Citizenship: As part of its efforts to expand and enhance campus internationalization, SLU repurposed the 87-year-old Bauman-Eberhardt gymnasium in the heart of the main campus as one of two buildings forming a Center for Global Citizenship (CGC). The Center's mission is to promote collaboration across the University to educate and engage the SLU community for global awareness, responsibility and participation. The CGC is both a physical and intellectual space that houses Study Abroad, International Services, English as Second Language, International Studies, the Center for Intercultural Studies, the Center for Sustainability, the Center for Service and Community Engagement and the Cross-Cultural Center. The CGC has a student commons with spaces for formal and informal student meetings and work groups, an international restaurant, a 1000-seat auditorium with a large, wall-mounted high definition video screen and seminar rooms. Over 200 activities were hosted between May 2013 and June 2014.

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