WASHINGTON (March 6, 2012) – Howard University President Sidney A. Ribeau will receive the Educator of the Year Award on Thursday, March 8, at the World Affairs Council's 2012 Global Education Gala in Washington, DC.
President Ribeau will accept the "Educator of the Year Award" on behalf of the faculty, students, staff and alumni of Howard University in recognition of the past and current roles that Howard has played in international affairs and global education.
"Global education is an essential ingredient of democratic societies and nations must prepare their citizens for involvement with a culturally diverse and interconnected worldwide community," Ribeau said. "True citizenship now assumes an awareness of different cultures and religions and global political, environmental, technological and economic systems.
To advance the Gala's theme of "A National Priority: Bridging a Global Education Learning Gap," the Honorable James R. Clapper Jr, Director of National Intelligence, will give the keynote address on "National Intelligence and Global Education," and accept the International Affairs Award. Ambassador H.E. Arturo Sarukhan will speak on "Mexico-US Bilateral Priorities and Bilingual Education," and receive the Distinguished Diplomatic Service Award. President Ribeau will outline Howard University's "Commitment to Cultural Diversity, Global Education and International Affairs," and be presented with the Educator of the Year Award. Rosetta Stone's Chairman and CEO Tom Adams will address "Language Learning and International Connectivity" and, on behalf of Rosetta Stone's worldwide employees, receive the Global Education Award. Renowned international journalist Christiane Amanpour will share her perspectives on "Broadcast Journalism in a Digital World," and be honored with the Global Communications Award.
As the 16th president of Howard, Dr. Ribeau has championed an expanded focus on Diaspora studies, enhancing the University's international footprint, and building upon the University's distinguished legacy of leadership and service.
About Howard University
Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 12 schools and colleges. Founded in 1867, students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 19 Fulbright Scholars and 10 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at www.howard.edu.
About the World Affairs Council
The World Affairs Council – Washington, DC (WAC–DC) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to expanding awareness among the American public and the international community of geo-political, business, and civil society issues in our inter-connected world. Since 1980, WAC–DC has been a leading provider of top-level and thought-provoking presentations, debates, and discussions of global education and international affairs in the Washington metro area. The council's programs include public, diplomatic, political, and business events, town hall meetings, professional development seminars, and international communications programs.