University of Washington

Bridging Regional Divides & Making 'the Global Turn': Sustaining Area & International Studies at the University of Washington

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation's investment comes at a critical juncture for area studies programs nationally. We are proud of the contributions our area studies programs have made to the scholarship and teaching of many of our world's cultures and languages, and the role they have played in preparing our students for roles that help make a better world. This award will make a strategic different in the future of our programs. - President Michael Young

In our increasingly interconnected and interdependent world, it is crucial to continue to integrate global perspectives with the deep knowledge that area studies programs have specialized in producing for more than fifty years. We are extremely grateful for this award from the Mellon Foundation. It will enable us to continue to strengthen our area and international studies and build vital linkages across many disciplines on campus, including our professional schools. - Resat Kasaba, Director, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies

In 2013 the U.W. received a $750,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for its area studies programs, enabling the eight Title VI National Resource Centers (NRC) in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies to continue their programs for students, educators, and the community. The NRCs, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, focus on specific areas, regions or countries, providing language instruction, coursework, and public engagement to build awareness and knowledge of different regions of the world.

The University of Washington will use the grant from the Mellon Foundation to continue the most critical aspects of its programs and to develop new ways of structuring area and international studies in a fast-changing world.

Press Release March 2013
University of Washington Receives $750,000 Grant for Area Studies

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