The articles in this issue of World Minded suggest a compelling answer to this question: regardless of how the future global order develops, the work we do to promote international education at William & Mary clearly helps to make the world a better place. Our work to open doors of opportunity for W&M students to immerse themselves in diverse social settings, from Rio de Janeiro to Sumatra and beyond, equips them with cultural empathy and personal adaptability — qualities of enormous importance for their future career success. Our tireless efforts to bring brilliant students, scholars, and staff members from around the world to W&M contributes to making our university an inclusive and welcoming community, where genuine teamwork can generate creative solutions to pressing global problems. Our cutting- edge research on subjects ranging from global climate change to the effects of Chinese foreign aid—much of which directly incorporates W&M undergraduate and graduate students — illuminates crucial issues affecting societies around the world.
At the Reves Center itself — as the article in this issue profiling four of our own wonderful staff members makes abundantly clear — we have gathered together a staff team united by an abiding passion to promote international understanding as a true force for global good. We are proud to advance this mission at William & Mary, a university that has produced outstanding global leaders for well over three centuries. And we are particularly excited to support these efforts under the dynamic leadership of William & Mary’s new President Katherine Rowe, who has embraced the international dimensions of our university with impressive energy and genuine enthusiasm.