Fulton, Mo. - Dr. Kurt Jefferson, director of Westminster College's Center for Engaging the World in the Churchill Institute, spoke at Saint Louis University on Monday, March 26, 2012 on the topic of campus internationalization. The panel he spoke on was "Regional Leaders in Global Education: Prospects and Perspectives."
Jefferson was participating in Saint Louis University's annual "Atlas Week." The Atlas Program was created at SLU in order to increase awareness and understanding of global issues and promote dialogue and inspire student and community action in the international arena.
Saint Louis University is the oldest university west of the Mississippi in the United States. Founded in 1818, it is one of America's premier Jesuit institutions and it has 13,785 students with over 8000 undergraduates, 2000 graduate students, and 2000 professional students.
Westminster College's CEW was founded in 2008 and is an integral part of the campus's Churchill Institute. The CEW serves as the home to Westminster's global academic programming (such as the transnational studies and international studies majors), its international co-curricular programs (such as Model United Nations teams and Global Issues Forums), and its global engagement arm (which include the college's study abroad and off-campus office and academic and non-academic activities carried out in and with other countries).
Jefferson spoke on the globalization of college and universities and the importance of cultivating a global footprint on America's campuses. He was joined on the panel by the director of the Center for International Studies at SLU, Dr. Thomas Finan, the associate vice president for academic affairs and director of International Programs at Webster University, Dr. Grant Chapman, and the assistant director of the Center for International Studies at SLU, Dr. David Borgmeyer.
For SLU's webpage on the panel and the Atlas Week see: