Photo Credit: USI Photography Services
Andrea Barnard, assistant director of USI's International Programs and Services, is the recipient of the George E. Hertrich Advocacy Award, which is presented at the Region VI conference of the NAFSA Association of International Educators each November.
The award was established in 1997 to honor George E. Hertrich, a pillar within NAFSA and a true advocate of international education and scholarship, knowledge, exchange through technology, and constructive leadership. Nominees for the award are active members of NAFSA who demonstrate a willingness to assist colleagues in the field and advocate the cause of international education within their own institutions and greater communities.
"Andrea embodies the spirit of this special award," said Heidi Gregori-Gahan, IPS director. "She displays not only an eagerness to assist colleagues (and students) each and every day, but she has become a strong and effective advocate for the cause of international education on many levels."
Barnard was selected as one of 12 participants in the inaugural Connecting Our World Grassroots Leadership Program. The problem she identified for her project was a lack of a focus on global/cultural awareness in K-12 education. She conducted a needs assessment of Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation and developed a number of resources teachers can use to enhance their courses.
Her “International Trunks for Teachers” program connects USI international students with local educators through a “trunk” that acts as a curriculum about the international student's home country, with different lesson plans for elementary, middle, and high schools.
You can read more about Barnard's project on the NAFSA website.