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CAMPUS PROFILE 

| Mount Holyoke College  | South Hadley, Massachusetts

Steering a Distinctly
International Course
But it is in this century that Mount Holyoke has steered its
distinctly international course. A 2003 strategic plan laid the
groundwork for the McCulloch Center. By 2007 admiring accreditors were saying that "with little fanfare" Mount Holyoke
had created "a veritable world college" in the Connecticut
River Valley. While faculty and administrators across the campus share that responsibility, Paus and her five-person staff
make it happen. The McCulloch Center has a $12 million
endowment of its own and, all told, the college has raised $30
million in endowed funds supporting international studies,
teaching, research, and other activities, with more than half
generating scholarships for international students.
The McCulloch Center runs study abroad, develops curated international internships, and provides international
student services. It also serves as the fulcrum for activities
such as bringing a global scholar to campus each fall (former
Norwegian President Gro Harlem Brundtland and Liberia's
Leymah Gbowee, the 2011 Nobel Peace Laureate and parent
of a Mount Holyoke student, among them) and organizing
biennial Global Challenges Conferences. Paus, a development economist, said the center's overriding purpose is "to
bring greater cohesion and visibility to global learning and to
deepen it through new cross-disciplinary initiatives."

The McCulloch Center
brings greater cohesion
and visibility to global
learning, says Director
Eva Paus.

International relations
professor Jon Western
says the presence
of international
students makes classes
"profoundly different."

Politics professor and
alumna Kavita Khory
finds her international
students "more
politically aware."

Prizing the Contributions
of International Students
Faculty, a quarter of them foreign-born, relish the diversity
in their classrooms. When Jon Western, a professor of interA 12-foot blown-glass sculpture, "Clear and Gold Tower," in the library atrium.
national relations, needed assistants for a foundation-funded
project tracking civilian deaths in Syria, three of the eight stuMount Holyoke relies on tuition for over half its budget. Nearly
dents he hired spoke Arabic. "If I talk in my human rights class
about Islam, I'll have Sunni and Shia students who can elaborate on 80 percent of students receive aid, but the college also looks for
students whose families can pay. "We have expensive values ... but
distinctions," he said.
Politics professor and alumna Kavita Khory, originally from Ka- we have to bring in a class that we can afford," said Sonya Stephens,
rachi, Pakistan, said international students often "are much more vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty.
Nearly two-thirds of international students come from China,
politically engaged and aware," than U.S. classmates, but the latter "love that we present ourselves as an international college in so India, Vietnam, Pakistan, and South Korea. Pasquerella said the college decided last year to recruit and admit more students from the
many ways."
"Mount Holyoke is a fantastic place to teach the history of global Middle East, Africa, and South America because "if you want to be
inequality," said Holly Hanson, a Uganda expert who as a teen volun- truly multicultural and international, it can't be all Asian students."
teered in Africa for a year on her mother's advice to "do something
useful for the human race" before starting college. "I had this very Paying for Internships at Home or Abroad
profound African experience. The classes that I'm teaching 40 years Although it might be assumed that a college with a $700 million
later are answering the question (about inequality) that was formu- endowment was well insulated from the financial pressures felt by
lated for me as a teenager."
other private liberal arts colleges, it is not. That made all the bolder
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