Loyola Marymount University’s efforts to extend its global engagement were recognized Feb. 24 with the Pacific Century Institute’s Building Bridges Award. Since 2000 PCI has been honoring individuals and institutions who have enhanced relations among the peoples of the Pacific Rim and who exemplify PCI’s commitment to building bridges to a better future. More information about PCI can be found here.
In accepting the award on behalf of the university, President Timothy Law Snyder, Ph.D., celebrated entities on LMU’s campus that are extending the university’s global imagination.
Enhancing LMU’s relationship with Asia are Tom Plate, Distinguished Scholar of Asian and Asian American Studies, and the work he and his students are doing with Asia Media International. The Center for Asian Business in the CBA College of Business Administration, led by Professor Yongsun Paik, promotes understanding about Asian countries and peoples through courses, grants, scholarships, and lectures. Paik is also at the helm of the Center for International Business Education, providing transformative global learning experiences.
Snyder also pointed out that the Global Policy Institute headed by Professor Gene Park is L.A.’s premier interdisciplinary think tank that enlists rigorous academic research to solve global policy challenges. Also, the work of the Office of Global and Local Initiatives with Vice Provost Roberta Espinoza facilitates collaborations among LMU faculty, staff, students, alumni, and international institutions, to incorporate global and local learning experiences into teaching, scholarship, and service.
LMU’s mission calls upon the university to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion, and anti-racist efforts, demanding equity for all of God’s creations. With a new vice president for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Emelyn dela Peña, building bridges within the LMU community and beyond continues to be a top priority.
LMU joined the ranks of Rand Corp., Asia Foundation, Pacific Forum, and Fulbright Korean-American Educational Commission. The award was presented at the PCI annual awards dinner at the Beverly Hills Hotel.