The Center for International Studies at Western Washington University has announced a name change that better describes its role in engaging faculty, students and staff in globally-focused initiatives.
"By changing our name to the Institute for Global Engagement, we recognize that U.S. perspectives are only one set in a network of equally valid perspectives that are expressed around the world," said Vicki Hamblin, the institute's executive director. "This is a comparative and inclusive model rather than a binary one that pits the U.S. against other nations and peoples."
The new name reflects IGE’s role as the coordinating office for Western’s international initiatives, including its university partnerships throughout the world and the International Studies minor. In addition, another office in the institute has changed its name: International Programs and Exchanges is now the Education Abroad Office. That name change is also intended to help the university community identify its role in sending 600 students abroad annually. The International Student and Scholars Office, also located in IGE, will keep its current name.
A formal launch of the name changes will take place early in spring quarter 2016.