Global Co-op Program Selected by NASFA for Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization

Northeastern University’s global cooperative education program has been selected by NASFA: Association of International Educators to receive a 2022 Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization. Northeastern is one of five higher education institutions to be recognized within two categories. The nomination was submitted by Sally Conant, assistant director of global cooperative education in Northeastern’s College of Engineering.

Named after the late Senator Paul Simon of Illinois, the NAFSA Simon Awards recognize outstanding innovation and accomplishment in campus internationalization, defined by NAFSA as a conscious effort to integrate and infuse international, intercultural, and global dimensions into the ethos and outcomes of their students’ education. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the annual awards program.

Northeastern received the “Senator Paul Simon Spotlight Award” which recognizes a specific program or initiative that contributes to internationalization on campus. The 2022 Senator Paul Simon Spotlight Award recipients are:

  • Marist College – for Freshman Year Abroad programs
  • Northeastern University – for Global Cooperative Education Program
  • Northwestern University – for Global Engagement Studies Institute

“This year’s awards recognize both creative responses to the recent challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic as well as long-established programs that are true standard-bearers for the field of international education,” said Dr. Esther D. Brimmer, NAFSA Executive Director and CEO.

Institutions selected for the Simon Awards will be featured in NAFSA’s report, Internationalizing the Campus: Profiles of Success at Colleges and Universities, to be published this fall, and honored during the virtual and in-person programming as part of NAFSA’s 2022 Annual Conference & Expo this spring.

Related Faculty: Sally Conant