The University of Delaware continued to advance their involvement of internationalism as they hosted the 4th Annual UD Welcomes the World. The event took place on campus at the Office for International Students and Scholars, a location fit for such an important event. The evening proposed to welcome and honor all new international students, scholars and employees to the University of Delaware. The event exceeded expectations and signaled another momentous year ahead for the University. The International Caucus was proud to have the Caucus Chair, Frances O’brien, serve as Hostess of the event. Members of the International Caucus played an invaluable role in making UD Welcomes the World such a success.
This year the event attracted support from an unprecedented 13 co-sponsors, including: Office for International Students and Scholars, Office of Equity and Inclusion, Office of Admissions, Lerner College, College of Engineering, Office for Diversity, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, International Caucus, Institute for Global Studies, Graduate and Professional Education, English Language Institute, Residence Life and Housing, and the Latino/Hispanic Caucus. Guests were treated to remarks from Deputy Dean, K. Eric Wommack, Deputy Dean, Kristi L. Kick, and Associate Dean, Jack Baroudi who represented the College of Agriculture, College of Engineering, and Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics, respectively. These words affirmed the importance of and the relevance that internationalism has to each department.
UD Welcomes the World helped set the tone of the University and reaffirm the direction that it is heading. The event acknowledged the University as winners of the 2015 Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Campus Internationalization. NAFSA defines the award as one which“…recognizes colleges and universities that are making significant, well-planned, well-executed, and well-documented progress toward comprehensive internationalization” (NAFSA). Receiving this award speaks volumes of the University and UD Welcomes the World helped reaffirm that. The International Caucus felt honored to be a part of the event and looks forward to another fruitful year serving the international population.