The U.S. State Department estimates that less
than 20 percent of the American population owns an up-to-date passport.
If so—or if you are willing to apply for one—you are
eligible to enter the Office of International Affairs’ (OIA)
and Institute for Comparative and International Studies’ (ICIS)
drawing to win $1,600 toward an Emory-organized journey abroad.
The drawing is open to the entire University community and will
be the centerpiece of this year’s International Education
Week celebration, Nov. 17–21. International Education Week
is jointly sponsored by the U.S. departments of state and education,
and its national observance highlights the importance of global
learning and exchange in the promotion of peace, prosperity and
partnership among nations.
The $1,600 prize will help fund an international trip of the winner’s
choice with either Emory’s Center for Lifelong Learning (upcoming
destinations include Mexico, Italy, France, and Eastern Europe)
or Religious Life’s Journeys of Reconciliation (to Oaxaca,
Mexico; Bosnia; or South Africa).
But here’s the catch: In order to claim the prize, the winner
must present a valid passport within two weeks of the drawing, slated
for Nov. 19.
Most of the Emory community knows the University is “internationalizing”
and probably has a general idea of what the process entails: creating
more opportunities for study and research abroad, expanding language
learning, hosting international students and scholars, and establishing
But perhaps some are not yet aware of how far-reaching internationalization
has become at Emory, that it is not housed solely within the obvious
places such as area studies or language departments, but now permeates
the entire campus. It also includes everyone, from the student who
chooses to go abroad to the faculty member who encourages that student
to do so, to the staff member who works out the details of bringing
an international visitor to his or her department. Everyone has
a role to play in making Emory a more globally aware, culturally
That is why, for this year’s International Education Week,
ICIS and OIA are encouraging everyone to get a passport, which represents
the University’s collective readiness to engage with the world.
“Emory is our visa to the world,” said Gordon Newby,
ICIS executive director. “By internationalizing all aspects
of our educational effort, we are preparing the Emory community
to help shape and lead the world in ways we can only now begin to
“As part of our preparation to be in the world, we all need
to be ready to travel beyond our borders, to meet new people, to
experience the richness of the world’s cultures,” Newby
continued. “A passport is a necessary tool for travel, but
an up-to-date passport is also our symbol that we are ready to journey
to meet the world’s challenges and learn from the world’s
“Travel abroad brings unparalleled cultural experiences and
is the ultimate form of global learning,” said Holli Semetko,
vice provost for international affairs and director of the Halle
Institute for Global Learning. “We are too often misinformed
about foreign countries and cultures, simply because of the fact
that the news we receive in most U.S. media outlets is primarily
domestic. The little foreign news that comes through to us about
places and people abroad is often about conflict, disasters and
bad—rather than good—happenings. Travel abroad, actually
going there and experiencing a country and its people, can really
shift one’s perspective.”
Applying for a passport is easy and only takes a few weeks. Visit
the State Department website at www.state.gov/travel for all the
necessary forms and information on the easiest way to obtain or
renew a passport. Come Nov. 19, you may just find yourself in a
position to use it.
For contest and prize details, limitations and a downloadable entry
form, visit www.emory.edu/OIA.
All entry forms must be received by Nov. 14.