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Loyola joins American Council on Education’s Internationalization Laboratory Cohort

| By Nick Alexopulos
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Loyola University Maryland is one of 11 colleges and universities invited to join the American Council on Education’s (ACE) Internationalization Laboratory Cohort for 2016-18. Guidance and insight gained from participating in the program, in coordination with community feedback and discernment, will help Loyola generate and execute a plan that supports global awareness, engagement, and learning and connects the local community to the world.

Through comprehensive internationalization, Loyola will inspire students, faculty, staff, and alumni to become committed Ignatian Citizens with an active awareness of and appreciation for their role in leading positive change across neighborhoods, borders, and cultures.

“This important next step toward greater global awareness in our shared world is faithful to Loyola University Maryland’s Jesuit vision and values,” said Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., president of Loyola. “The ACE Lab offers experiential goals that strongly align with our new strategic plan, The Ignatian Compass: Guiding Loyola University Maryland to Ever Greater Excellence, which calls on us to look for ways to extend our interactions and connections globally and to develop globally-minded citizens committed to creating a more just world.”

Higher education institutions committed to building on existing strengths and poised to take the next step toward institutional comprehensive internationalization and global engagement are invited to apply to be part of the ACE Lab. More than 110 schools in 13 cohorts have participated in the program since its inception in 2002; Loyola, in cohort 14, is only the second Jesuit institution to participate.

ACE Lab advisor Susan Buck Sutton, Ph.D., will work with a task force at Loyola to develop strategies and goals for campus internationalization, form leadership teams to work on strategic planning and student outcomes, and develop an action plan based on an analysis of current campus activities.

Loyola’s ACE Lab task force is chaired by Jen Lowry, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology and associate vice president for academic affairs, with support from Astrid Schmidt-King, J.D., LL.M., special assistant for the Loyola-ACE Lab and visiting affiliate assistant professor for law and social responsibility. Task force members include:

  • Sunanda Bhatia, director of international student services
  • Jean Lee Cole, Ph.D., associate professor of English and faculty director of community-engaged learning and scholarship
  • André Colombat, Ph.D., dean of international programs
  • Donelda Cook, Ph.D., associate vice president for student development and executive director of the counseling center
  • Dennis Cornwall, ’09, M.A. ’15, public safety training coordinator
  • Elizabeth Dahl, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry
  • James Dickinson, Ph.D., ’01, assistant vice president for career services
  • Maureen Faux, M.Ed. ’94, executive director of graduate admission
  • Joshua Hendrick, Ph.D., assistant professor of sociology
  • Sharon Higgins, assistant vice president for marketing and communications
  • Peter Litchka, Ed.D., associate professor of education specialties, director of the educational leadership program
  • Fabio Mendez, Ph.D., professor of economics and Hanway Chair in Global Studies
  • Brian Oakes, ’99, MBA ’10, assistant vice president for advancement
  • Erin O'Keefe, ’03, director of the Center for Community Service and Justice and York Road Initiative
  • Oluwatofunmi Oni, graduate student in the Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) program
  • Rev. John Savard, S.J., rector of Ignatius House and affiliate professor of education specialties
  • Emma Sweeny, ’17, vice president of student advocacy for the Student Government Association

More information about Loyola’s work with the ACE Lab is available at loyola.edu/department/ace-laboratory

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