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CLC earns national excellence award for campus internationalization

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Feb 23, 2022

College of Lake County (CLC) is one of only five U.S. universities and colleges to receive a 2022 Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization from the National Association of International Educators (NASFA). This achievement affirms the commitment faculty and staff have made to prepare students to be productive members of a global society. 

Paul Simon Award logoNamed after the late Senator Paul Simon of Illinois, these awards recognize outstanding innovation and accomplishment in campus internationalization, defined by NAFSA as a conscious effort to integrate and infuse international, intercultural and global dimensions into the ethos and outcomes of their students’ education.  

Photo: NAFSA’s Simon Award for Campus Internationalization is bestowed annually to leading higher education institutions for excellence in internationalization efforts—both on campus and across the world. 

“CLC’s Department of Global Engagement is an innovative team that works collaboratively across the college, regionally, nationally and globally to create international partnerships, curriculum-based study abroad experiences for students, and international programming and curriculum,” said CLC President Dr. Lori Suddick.  

CLC Director of Global Engagement Dr. Jacob Cushing said, “We are delighted to have been honored with this award from NAFSA in recognition of our efforts and ongoing work to promote global citizenship and international education throughout our college and Lake County community. This award is a direct result of support from countless CLC staff, engaged faculty, an encouraging administration and courageous students who, at their heart, believe in the importance and mission of international education and global engagement.”  

NAFSA Executive Director and CEO Esther D. Brimmer explained, “This year’s awards recognize both creative responses to the recent challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic as well as long established programs that are true standard-bearers for the field of international education. We commend all five recipients for their commitment to engaging their full student population in the pursuit of a global education.” 

CLC was given the “Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization” alongside Kent State University. The award distinguishes overall excellence in integrating international education throughout all facets of university and college campuses.  

“Now in its 20th year, NAFSA’s Simon Awards continue to serve as an inspiring showcase of how international education is ever-evolving to foster greater understanding and respect among students of diverse backgrounds and forge leaders who are equipped for a globally connected future,” Brimmer added. 

Institutions selected for the Simon Awards will be featured in NAFSA's report, Internationalizing the Campus: Profiles of Success at Colleges and Universities, to be published this fall, and honored during the virtual and in-person programming as part of NAFSA’s 2022 Annual Conference & Expo this spring. To learn more about NAFSA’s Senator Paul Simon Awards, visit

The Department of Global Engagement at CLC seeks to foster an organizational culture and climate that fully supports global education and welcomes diversity. It promotes global awareness, responsibility, intercultural understanding and engagement among students, faculty and staff. CLC is a firm believer and promoter of global citizenship. It strives to ensure all CLC students leave with a firm understanding of the world and their place in it through the various initiatives and programs in global engagement. 

About College of Lake County

College of Lake County is a comprehensive community college committed to equitable high-quality education, cultural enrichment and partnerships to advance the diverse communities it serves in northeastern Illinois. Offered at three campuses in Grayslake, Vernon Hills and Waukegan or online, college classes are affordable and accessible to help each student achieve academic, career and personal goals. More than 70,000 students graduated with degrees and certificates since the college opened in 1969. College of Lake County is the only higher-education institution ranked among the top 15 best places to work in Illinois by Forbes and is a national leader in many areas, including sustainability and conservation.


Serving more than 10,000 members and international educators worldwide, NAFSA: Association of International Educators is the largest nonprofit association dedicated to international education and exchange. Visit us at To learn more about our advocacy efforts on behalf of international education, visit Resources to guide our members on these issues can be found at