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Wilson College gets Luce Foundation grant

November 16, 2009

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- The Henry Luce Foundation recently approved a $25,000 grant to support Wilson College with its new global citizenship initiative, Wilson announced recently.

The grant, which was awarded through the foundation's "special grants" program, will be used to stimulate interest, knowledge and expertise in cross-cultural learning among Wilson faculty and staff, as well as to strengthen and expand Wilson's existing educational partnerships in Asia, according to college officials.

Specifically, the grant will allow Wilson administrators and faculty members to meet with counterparts at Wilson partner institutions -- and several potential new ones in China and South Korea -- to discuss each institution's approach to environmental education, according to a news release.

Specific attention will be given to successful strategies for preparing women leaders to advocate for sustainable food policies in their countries.

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"It is especially gratifying to have won the Henry Luce Foundation's confidence in our mission, strengths and purposes, as well as to receive the award itself," said Lorna Duphiney Edmundson, Wilson president. "It will help us leverage our resources in educating faculty, staff and students in partnership with our colleagues in China and South Korea and launch Wilson's global initiative."

The primary purpose of Wilson's Global Citizenship Initiative is to ensure that Wilson students, faculty and staff acquire deeper knowledge about the wide range of cultural perspectives that exist in the world, understand their responsibilities and potential for making positive change in their communities and professions, and work effectively as citizen leaders in today's global society.

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