Study Abroad Update, June 2021
To the New Paltz Community,
As the Spring 2021 semester concludes it is time to reflect on the challenges of the past year, celebrate our accomplishments, and look to the future. You have more than survived a difficult semester, you have taken wing to soar, and you have my complete admiration!
To our graduates – Congratulations! As you walk across the stage, virtually or in person, know that your resume reflects your willingness to challenge yourself through a Study Abroad experience and the skills and confidence you have gained will attract future employers or graduate schools. Keep discovering the world as you continue to discover and celebrate yourself.
Driven by the ongoing priority to keep the SUNY community safe, the SUNY Provost has announced the suspension of all fall travel for study abroad. This decision was made after consultation with the Office of the Governor considering the US State Department and CDC travel advisories.
Despite the suspension of study abroad travel, New Paltz students and faculty took advantage of Global Learning Opportunities virtually. Here are some recent highlights:
- Guatemala Cultural Exchange with members of the Kaq’chikel community led to friendships and connections. It was made possible by the generosity of Foundation Donors Tamah and Warren Wiegand and the creativity of Professor Luz Porras.
- Continuing students responded to a survey of interest in and plans for in-person study abroad and joined a Virtual Study Abroad Fair with partners from Ireland, Turkey and the United States.
- An international Art Exhibit where students depicted their global perspectives through art and song.
- The many submissions in the Spring Photo Contest kept us longing for the time when we can travel again!
- Another generous donor, Professor Emeritus Giancarlo Traverso, is supporting students enrolled in the virtual Art History summer program, Italy before Rome.
- SUNY’s Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) Center, has extended the deadline to apply for the Global Commons project this summer, July 5 to August 13. Guided by Faculty Mentors, students actively engage with community-based organizations abroad to address global challenges like climate change, deforestation, gender equity, poverty reduction, and sustainable development. It’s more than an online course.
Study Abroad advisors continue to be available to answer questions about financial aid, international internships and service-learning opportunities. Catherine Collado and Bianca Sylvain can be reached through our Virtual Advising Office. Applications for Spring 2022 programs are now open and the application fee is waived.
This summer the Center for International Programs staff will return to campus and prepare for the fall semester. We are here to support Global Learning for each New Paltz student and look forward to seeing you soon!
With admiration and best regards,
Beth Mugler Vargas
Center for International Programs
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