Smith College President Carol T. Christ recently contributed to the “Presidential Perspectives” Series, a project of the Association of International Education Administrators. Articles in the series offer contemporary perspectives on international education and are commissioned from college and university presidents.
President Christ’s article, “A World College for the World’s Women” can be read in its entirety online. Below, are excerpts from her piece.
A global education begins on our own campuses. Our colleges and universities must become both of and for the world, manifesting explicit commitments to internationalism in our student bodies, curricula, and ethos. International and intercultural studies must become a compelling intellectual focal point for students and faculty across the disciplines and across the curriculum. At Smith, one of our most resonant messages to prospective students is the guarantee of an education that is global in scope, in which every student, regardless of her major or her means, graduates with a transformative, sustained experience of other cultures.
From its inception, Smith has embraced its responsibilities as a college of and for the world. As the demand for higher education increase around the world and as more countries recognize the importance of educating women, Smith and other U.S. women’s colleges expect to enroll more international students, as well as underrepresented U.S. populations. All of these students require and deserve the opportunity to acquire a global and multicultural perspective. They are the women of promise who will transform our world.