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Innovative Practice Opens Doors for Students with Disabilities to Study in Japan

Published: Tuesday, 12 Jul 2011
Author: Kate Simon
Department: Japan Center for Michigan Universities

EAST LANSING, Mich. — The Japan Center for Michigan Universities (JCMU), administered by Michigan State University since 1989, has been recognized by Diversity in Global Education Network as the second-place winner of the 2011 Innovation Award. The award recognizes JCMU’s progress in removing barriers for students with disabilities and health conditions, enabling these students to participate and succeed in study abroad.

“JCMU demonstrates best practices for recruiting and structures services that meet the needs of students with disabilities," said Dawn Pysarchik, senior associate dean for International Studies and Program. Sponsored by CAPA International Education, the Diversity Network Innovation Award recognizes outstanding efforts by colleges and universities to break down barriers to study abroad that are typically faced by diverse and underrepresented students. These include cultural, financial and physical barriers that have traditionally blocked ethnic and racial minority, disabled, community college, and other students from international education opportunities.

The first place winner is SUNY New Paltz, and the third place has been awarded to Augsburg College. JCMU will receive the award on October 6, 2011 in San Diego, California at the Diversity Network’s workshop, "Diversifying Education Abroad — From Discussion to Action" held at San Diego State University. The winning programs will also be featured in Diversity Network’s database of best practices in diversifying education abroad.