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New grant to UW Executive Master of International Studies to bolster environmental sustainability education

March 15, 2023

SEATTLE (March 21, 2023) – BECU, Washington’s largest financial cooperative, awarded a $15,000 grant to the Executive Master of International Studies (EMIS) program of the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington (UW) to develop and teach a class on Environmental, Social and Governance.

The new course will be offered starting autumn 2023 and taught by UW faculty in the Foster School of Business. It caps an effort by EMIS to expand its curriculum to include more courses on the environment and evolving business practices around sustainability.

This is the program’s first awarded grant in its eight-year history. EMIS was founded in 2014 to train mid-career professionals in applied international studies. It is one of several self-sustaining programs at the UW.

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Taso Lagos

Interim director, Taso G. Lagos, believes the grant will usher in a new chapter in community-higher education partnerships.

“The BECU grant shows that businesses in our community can support new innovative courses that sustain world-class learning while spreading best practices around important topics like sustainability. We all win when we focus learning around the environment,” Lagos said.

The UW EMIS program, previously known as the M.A. in Applied International Studies program, offers students a 10-, 12- and 24-month degree track. It attracts students from a wide variety of backgrounds and international domiciles.