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AAC&U Representative Joins Inaugural Class of National Academy for International Education

The Academy Is Committed to Addressing Global Challenges to Build a More Equitable World

Mar 22, 2021

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities announced today that Dawn Michele Whitehead, vice president of the Office of Global Citizenship for Campus, Community, and Careers, has joined the first class of the National Academy for International Education. The Academy is an honorary society and think tank made up of distinguished leaders actively engaged in shaping international education and generating knowledge to advance the field. Created by the Institute of International Education, the Academy is comprised of twenty-three members representing higher education institutions and organizations from around the world. Members were chosen based on their representation of the core tenets of the Academy including diversity of perspectives and a commitment to equity, collaboration, and pushing the boundaries of knowledge.

“We are delighted that Dawn will represent AAC&U in the National Academy for International Education,” said AAC&U President Lynn Pasquerella. “She will bring considerable expertise to this important new effort as well as a deep commitment to equity and global citizenship.”

The Institute of International Education created the Academy to bring together distinguished thinkers to shape and advance international higher education in ways that address global challenges and build a more peaceful, sustainable, and equitable world. This year, Dawn Michele Whitehead of AAC&U will work with fellow Academy members on collaborative projects under the theme of “Reducing Inequalities in and through International Education.”

Whitehead is one of seven international education leaders who worked with the Institute of International Education to create the Academy’s framework and will serve on the provisional Executive Committee.

“It’s an honor to be part of such a distinguished group at this critical moment when calls for international interdependence and equity are being heard around the globe,” said Whitehead. “To come together as educators across national, disciplinary, and institutional lines to advance international education in equitable and sustainable ways is not only an exciting charge, but an essential one. I look forward to advancing our field with my colleagues.”

“The National Academy for International Education provides a critical space for some of the most accomplished international education professionals to work together on pressing issues for our field,” said the Institute of International Education President and CEO, Allan Goodman. “The Academy recognizes these distinguished individuals and the role they play in shaping our world.”

Established in 1919, the Institute of International Education (IIE) is a global not-for-profit that creates and implements international education programs, conducts research, and provides life-changing opportunities for students and scholars worldwide. IIE collaborates with a range of corporate, government, and foundation partners across the globe to design and manage scholarship, study abroad, workforce training, and leadership development programs. IIE has a network of 17 offices and affiliates worldwide and over 1,450 member institutions.

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