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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.
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.