Dr. Margery Ganz Honored for her Contribution to Study Abroad

DIS recognized Dr. Margery Ganz at the Forum Conference on Education Abroad for her dedication to international education and fostering the long-standing partnership between Spelman College and DIS. Spelman College is a global leader in the education of women of African descent.

Dr. Ganz established the study abroad office 35 years ago and has personally advised every Spelman student who has been interested in studying abroad ever since. She has continuously advocated for students of color to study abroad while working tirelessly to identify funding sources.

As a pioneer in working with inclusivity and accessibility, Ganz addressed the NAFSA Conference almost 30 years ago, highlighting issues of diversity in education abroad at a time when there were very limited awareness and resources dedicated to this area.

As a faculty member, she also encouraged her colleagues to participate in a range of international education experiences including sending faculty to the DIS International Educators Workshop (IEW) over the years.

Dr. Ganz also received the Peter A. Wollitzer Advocacy Award during the Forum Conference. This Award was established to honor a Forum member who has been remarkably effective in influencing institutions of higher learning to understand and support education abroad through the dissemination of the Forum’s goals: standards of good practice, curricular development and academic design, and assessment.

On behalf of DIS and many friends in the education abroad field, we wish her all the best with her upcoming retirement.

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