Support of International Education Week 2008

Resolution Number: RF08-271
September, 2008

ACADEMIC SENATE RESOLUTION

#RF08-271



Support of International
Education Week 2008



WHEREAS on
April 19, 2000, President William J. Clinton issued an Executive Memorandum,
that encouraged the presence of international students in the U.S., promoted
study abroad by our students, supported the international exchange of teachers
and scholars, and promoted the study of foreign languages and cultures; and

WHEREAS in
response to the memorandum of President Clinton, the U.S. Departments of
Education and State declared the second week of November to be International
Education Week; and

WHEREAS the
Commission on University Strategic Planning (CUSP), in 1998, affirmed the
following principles for internationalizing San Francisco State University:

Principle 1: The University must recognize its
international dimension in its strategic planning.
Principle 2: The University must integrate knowledge and concerns in a global
framework in order to serve as a center of information and a network on global
issues.
Principle 3: The University must create an environment that promotes
understanding of ethnic/cultural diversity, social and class differences, and
equality and inequality in the local community, the nation, and the world.
Principle 4: The University must integrate the perspective and values of the
various cultures of the United States with those of other countries, in order
to dismantle external and internal barriers to power that separate communities
and peoples.
Principle 5: The University must affirm the values of diversity, tolerance,
egalitarianism, and mutual respect in all of its curricular and
community-related activities; and

WHEREAS the Commission on University Strategic Planning
(CUSP II) in 2005 confirmed in its Goal IV states “San Francisco State
University provides its students, faculty, and staff with international
experiences, perspectives, and competencies”.
It states that the University will pursue the
following objectives:

1.
SFSU infuses
international content into its curriculum.

2.
SFSU promotes study
abroad for students and international exchanges for faculty as priorities for
internationalization.

3.
SFSU engages
international students and scholars as important resources for
internationalization.

4.
SFSU ensures
campus-wide support of internationalization at all levels of the institution.



WHEREAS San
Francisco State University currently stands first in the CSU both in the number
of its students who study abroad and in the number of international students
who study at our campus; now therefore be it

RESOLVED that the
Academic Senate of San Francisco State University designate the 3rd week in
November as our campus’ International Education Week; and be it further

RESOLVED that
the Academic Senate, SFSU, encourage faculty members to internationalize their curriculum
and also bring to the attention of their students the opportunities for study
abroad through one of the many CSU and SFSU programs; and be it further

RESOLVED that the Academic Senate,
SFSU, commend the Division of International Education, the Office of
International Programs and the All-University Committee on International
Programs for all they have done to promote international education at SFSU.


***Approved by the Academic Senate
at its meeting on November 4, 2008***