About the PGE...
Where we are
The Hobart and William Smith Colleges and Union College Partnership for Global Education was formed in 1999 by the partner institutions with the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The PGE's main goal is to explore the benefits of a consortial relationship in providing consistent, efficient, and high-quality study abroad programs, and innovate new and better ways to integrate study abroad into the academic and social fabric of campus life. To this latter end, the PGE has established a number of programs aimed at helping students better prepare for their time abroad, and apply their new-found knowledge and experience when they return to campus. The INTCAs- International Cultural Assistants- are one way this is achieved. Other projects include a small grant program for students going abroad, a journal aimed at students with experience abroad, and a network to put first-hand student expertise to work in schools in the areas adjacent to the campuses.
Tom D'Agostino, who holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs of Syracuse University, is the Executive Director of the Partnership for Global Education. He has 11 years of teaching experience, offering courses in Political Science and Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and began working in the field of international education in 1994. Tom's web page features a list of useful links.
Doug Reilly, who holds a master's degree in International Relations from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, is the PGE's Assistant Director. Doug has worked in Washington DC in a human rights organization focusing on Latin America, and spent the past two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Slovak Republic. About the promise of international education, Doug states that "the first step is to experience the other inhabitants of the world as actual human beings. The next step is to reflect on how this understanding should change our own outlook and values."
With an executive director and assistant director, it may appear that the PGE is an organization with all upper management and no employees. We do, however, have four students working for us on each of the partner campuses, Union College and Hobart and William Smith. These eight students are INTCAs-International Cultural Assistants. All of them have extensive study abroad experience, and have received training in intercultural communication, theories of intercultural adjustment, and presentation/project design skills. The first group of INTCAs were trained by the School for International Training in Brattleboro, VT. This year's group was trained in-house using the lessons learned from that initial training. The INTCAs are responsible for organizing and innovating new programs to help prepare students for their experience abroad. They have also contributed to the general internationalization of the campuses through events that empower students who have been abroad to share their experiences.
The 2001-2002 INTCAs are:
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The PGE is housed on the campus of Hobart and William Smith Colleges in the town of Geneva, amidst the scenic Finger Lakes Region of western New York State. The PGE Offices are located within the Salibury Center at Trinity Hall on the third floor. PGE has a small but growing resource center filled with travel guides and background reading about the places HWS and Union has programs in.