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President's Letter to the Community

Margery Ganz Receives the 2017 Peter A. Wollitzer Advocacy Award

April 10, 2017

Dear Spelman Community,

It is with great pleasure that I share the recognition of Margery Ganz, Ph.D., as the recipient of the 2017 Peter A. Wollitzer Advocacy Award.

Dr. Ganz, director of the Office of Study Abroad and International Exchange and professor of history, received the prestigious award at the 2017 Forum on Study Abroad Conference for her decades of commitment to education abroad. The Forum on Education Abroad established the Peter A. Wollitzer Advocacy Award to "honor a Forum member who has been remarkably effective in influencing institutions of higher learning to understand and support education abroad through standards of good practice, data collection and research, curricular development and academic design and assessment. The recipient's achievement presupposes institutional efficacy and impact, and provides inspiration to the field of education abroad."

Dr. Ganz's 36 years at Spelman have transformed the College's study abroad programming. When she arrived on campus in 1981, we only sent two students abroad per year. In 2016, 402 students participated in semester and faculty-led programs. The College now has more students of color participating in undergraduate study abroad programs and conducting high level research than any other school in the country.

She is one of the most ardent champions of Spelman Going Global, a College initiative that is the recipient of the 2017 Senator Paul Simon Spotlight Award on Engagement in Internationalization. She has served on the advisory boards of many organizations, and has spoken and written often on issues facing students of color at the Forum, the National Association of Foreign Student Advisors' Association of International Educators, Council on International Education Exchange, Institute for International Education of Students Abroad and IIE’s Best Practices Conferences.

Additionally, Dr. Ganz spends a large portion of her time advising and guiding students through the process to obtain prestigious awards, including the Gilman, Marshall, Gates, Cambridge, Henry Luce, Rangel, Pickering, and, of course, Fulbright, where Spelman has frequently appeared on the list of top-sending liberal arts colleges.

Her career and efforts are lauded by her colleagues:

"Dr. Ganz is a tenacious advocate, who understands the transformative impact of sending students abroad so they can acquire knowledge of global issues and develop skills needed to be successful in a global society." - Dimeji Togunde, Ph.D., associate provost for global education and professor of international studies, Spelman College, who nominated her for the award.

"Dr. Ganz is one of the first truly passionate and tireless advocates of diversity in study abroad before this was a widely used term in the field." - Lorna Stern, vice president, Arcadia University, and executive director, The College of Global Studies, Arcadia University.

"Dr. Ganz has devoted almost four decades to ensuring high standards in study abroad while intensely demanding that study abroad opportunities be more accessible to all underrepresented students, starting with her Spelman women. But she was never just about grabbing the bully pulpit. She worked assiduously with her own creative ideas and networks to make sure something actually was accomplished to change the landscape. The face of study abroad today is very different because of her tireless efforts.” - Kathleen Sideli, associate vice president for overseas study, Indiana University.

We congratulate you, Dr. Ganz, as a recipient of the 2017 Peter A. Wollitzer Advocacy Award. Your dedication to the College and the field of study abroad has heightened the intellectual experience of Spelman women, ensuring they are global citizens of the world.

Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D.
Spelman College