Mexico Language Study Abroad Initiatives
Nomination submitted by: Christele Cain, Interim International Education Director
Program Overview Howard Community College's (HCC) ten-year partnership with Universidad Internacional-The Center for Linguistic and Multicultural Studies (UNITER) in Cuernavaca Mexico has resulted in a truly comprehensive exchange program serving over 300 students. With myriad study abroad programs, student and faculty exchanges, internship opportunities, and community service components, the program has grown along with HCC's internationalization needs. The program has even accommodated needs of the local community, providing Spanish classes for county firefighters and Maryland police officers to provide them with the language training and cultural knowledge necessary for their work throughout the state.
Howard Community College was awarded Honorable Mention in recognition of its program's sustainability and breadth. "The impact of the annual Mexico Language Study Abroad initiatives increases awareness for HCC students, that they are part of a world that extends beyond the physical borders of our countries," says Kathleen Hetherington, President of Howard Community College.
Program Implementation Read the winning nomination, including details on how the program achieves its objectives
The members of the selection panel for this year’s awards include the following leaders in international education:
Stephen DunnettVice Provost for International Education, State University of New York at Buffalo, and Past President, Association of International Education Administrators
Uliana GabaraDean of International Education, University of Richmond and Past President, Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA)
Sebastian FohrbeckDirector, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
Judy IrwinGlobal Education Advisor
Arlene JacksonDirector of International Education American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU)
Brian WhalenPresident, The Forum on Education Abroad