USF Receives National Award for Campus Internationalization

Only West Coast University Honored

SAN FRANCISCO–The University of San Francisco (USF) is proud to be one of five higher education institutions in the country chosen to receive the 2010 U.S. Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization. 

The award, first presented in 2003, is given each year by NAFSA: Association of International Educators (formerly National Association of Foreign Student Advisers), an association of individuals worldwide advancing international education and exchange and global workforce development. Through the Senator Paul Simon Award, NAFSA recognizes universities that demonstrate a conscious effort to integrate international, intercultural, and global dimensions into their education.

“Being chosen as a recipient for the 2010 Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization is a mark of distinction, and we are honored.” said Rev. Stephen A. Privett, S.J., USF president. “Our international focus is seen not only in our curriculum, but also in the international students we have at USF, and the global service learning programs we’ve cultivated. It is central to our mission to offer our students, faculty and staff opportunities to serve others while working for justice throughout the world.”

For many years, USF has been rated by U.S. News & World Report as one

of the most ethnically diverse universities in the United States. USF has gained international acclaim, and now has students from 75 nations studying at USF.  The University sponsors a wide range of programs designed to expose students to professional work outside the U.S., and to help them apply their classroom learning to global projects.

“This national accolade is a proof point of our commitment to providing our students with global experiences inside and outside of the classroom," said USF Vice Provost Gerardo Marin, noting that USF was the only university on the West Coast to receive this recognition. Marin, who has been instrumental in international curriculum development at USF, continued, “From the faculty we hire, to the international partnerships built, we are continually improving and increasing the number of programs that challenge students to become leaders who will think beyond their own neighborhoods and cultures.” 

The award honors the career of the late U.S. Senator Paul Simon of Illinois, known for serving his nation and state as a strong voice for international education, using his positions on Senate committees to advocate for expanded exchange.

The awards will be presented June 4 during the NAFSA National Conference in Kansas City, Missouri, and Fr. Privett will be on hand to accept the award on behalf of USF. The four other institutions being honored are Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania, Hobart & William Smith Colleges in New York, Loyola University Maryland, and Northeastern University in Massachusetts. USF and this year’s other honorees will be profiled in the fall 2010 NAFSA report Internationalizing the Campus 2010: Profiles of Success at Colleges and Universities.