The Forum’s Award for Advancing the UN SDGs through Education Abroad honors member institutions and organizations whose education abroad programs promote economic, environmental and social sustainability. By recognizing members who have made significant progress towards the SDGs, the forum seeks to inspire the field to contribute to a more sustainable future for all.

Penn State Global was selected by a subcommittee of the Advancing the SDGs Working Group, chaired by Natalie Cox of Campus France, and will be acknowledged as the inaugural award recipient during the forum’s 18th annual conference, “Globally Interconnected: New Opportunities and the Challenge of Change,” which will take place on March 21-25, 2022, in Chicago and online.

“The U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals represent a powerful framework for learning about and empathizing with the safe, just and equitable advancement of our global society,” said Roger Brindley, vice provost for Penn State Global. “As Penn State strives to offer a breadth of accessible learning abroad opportunities, we’ve found it most important to establish clear linkages between our global educational experiences and the SDGs. This effort has also encouraged Penn State Global to find new and creative ways to weave sustainable practice and consciousness throughout our education abroad enterprise across the commonwealth.”

For more information, visit the Forum on Education Abroad’s website, or contact Kate Manni, director of Education Abroad, at

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