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About the Gordon-Zeto Center

Driven and inspired by Spelman College’s mission statement, the Gordon-Zeto Center for Global Education reaffirms the College’s commitment to engage Spelman’s students with the “many cultures of the world” and to widen their socioeconomic and political horizons in an increasingly complex and interdependent global society.

In order to achieve the global competency students need to succeed as future professionals and global leaders, the Center serves as the institutional focal point to cohere, enhance and lead the College’s global strategic initiatives embodied in the Spelman College Strategic Plan and the College’s Quality Enhancement Plan.

Established through an anonymous endowment gift of $17 million, the Gordon-Zeto Center is led by Dimeji Togunde, associate provost for Global Education, to translate the College’s comprehensive and integrated internationalization initiatives into action. As an institutional space to expand Spelman’s long history of commitment to international education, the Center provides leadership for the College’s efforts to internationalize the campus through curricular and co-curricular program enhancement; increased recruitment of international students and visiting scholars; promotion of study abroad and faculty/staff-led study travel programs for students; international service learning; and support for faculty global engagement.

The Center serves as catalyst for forging fruitful collaborations and synergistic relationships among Spelman’s traditional academic departments; interdisciplinary studies programs; faculty committees; offices of enrollment management, undergraduate studies, college relations, institutional advancement, and student affairs to expand students’ conceptualization of the global community and their interactions with the local. Moreover, through cross-fertilization of ideas among diverse constituencies, the Center aims at ensuring that students see the interconnectedness between domestic diversity and global diversity.

The Gordon-Zeto Center comprises the following five constituent parts:

All the Gordon-Zeto programs are intentionally designed to provide a learning environment that engages students in comparative analysis of social systems that deepens their understanding of and appreciation for intercultural variation, as well as their ability to show openness to cultural difference.

The Gordon-Zeto Center provides leadership for the assessment of all global initiatives and streamlining of all global travel experiences. It also serves as a clearing house for building international partnerships with overseas institutions in a way that can achieve the realization of the learning outcomes of Spelman’s QEP. 

Spelman College Recognized for Excellence in International Education

NAFSA: Association of International Educators has awarded Spelman College the Senator Paul Simon Spotlight Award. True to the legacy of the late Senator Paul Simon of Illinois, for whom NAFSA’s Simon Awards are named, Spelman and the six additional colleges and universities selected demonstrate innovation and achievement in campus internationalization.
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Travel Advisory

Spelman College's Response to the Zika Virus

Dear Spelman Community:

As part of its Going Global! initiative, Spelman College encourages each student to engage in international travel or a study abroad experience before graduation.

The College’s global scholars travel throughout the academic year to Africa, Europe, South and Central America, Asia, and other parts of the globe to participate in internships, fellowships and intercultural engagement programs.

While the College opens the doors of opportunity for cultural and scholarly experiences, it is important to know that the health and safety of the student population is of foremost concern. 

Get more Zika Virus information.