Taso Lagos, lecturer and founder of the Greece Study Abroad program at the University of Washington, has been named a 2022-2023 Global Engagement Fellow by the UW Office of Global Affairs.
Lagos’s project, “Multi-sustainability Academic Program,” known as UW MAP, focuses on creating a community of UW Study Abroad program directors and environmentally conscious overseas programs, including a database of environmentally-friendly companies in countries that host UW Study Abroad programs.
“In my 18 years as a study abroad program director, I’ve grown increasingly concerned about the impact my programs have on the environment. With UW MAP, the main goal is to reduce damage to the environment as much as possible,” he said. “This does not take place at one level, but on multiple fronts, such as community, study abroad groups, individuals. I hope we can start a movement at the UW to put the environment alongside academic growth at the very top of our plans for foreign study programming.”
The purpose of the Global Engagement Fellows grant program is to increase connections and foster deeper ties among faculty across units at the UW.