Global health scholar Peter Brown, Korean educator Young-Ihl Chang and international education advocate Kenya Casey have been selected as the 2013 recipients of the annual international awards presented by Emory's Office of International Affairs. Brown, Chang and Casey will be honored at the 2013 International Awards Night on Nov. 18 at the Emory Conference Center Hotel.
"Building programs and institutions at Emory and abroad help us better understand problems and questions of global importance," says Philip Wainwright, vice provost for international affairs. "Each of this year's award recipients has made Emory and the world a better place."
Peter Brown selected for Creekmore Award for Internationalization
Brown will receive the Marion V. Creekmore Award for Internationalization, given to an Emory faculty member who advances the University's commitment to internationalization through education, research and other initiatives.
Brown is a professor in the Department of Anthropology and in the The Hubert Department of Global Health at Rollins School of Public Health. Brown has dedicated much of his career to fostering a global health presence at Emory and has demonstrated the value of both global health and internationalization to university administrators, staff, faculty and students.
Brown was co-chair with Jeffrey Koplan on the Global Health Strategic Theme Committee, which led an 18-month university-wide dialogue on Emory's commitment to global health resulting in the establishment of the Emory Global Health Initiative, which later became the Emory Global Health Institute (EGHI). Since 2006, Brown has been active with EGHI, serving as a member of the Internal Advisory Committee, senior fellow and senior academic adviser.
In 2007, Brown designed and began directing the Global Health, Culture and Society undergraduate minor program at Emory College. With interest for the minor growing each year, it has become the largest undergraduate minor at Emory. Through that endeavor and as director of the Center for Health, Culture and Society, Brown has cultivated students' interest in medical anthropology.
"Through his stewardship of and teaching in this program, Peter is making an enormous impact on students' perceptions of their place in the world and the need for international approaches and partnerships to make the world healthier and more secure," says Koplan, vice president for global health at Emory. "At a very young age they already understand how important international perspectives, efforts and partnerships are, not only to the field of global health, but to many other fields as well. And this is the type of thinking and perspective that will help us build a brighter future."
Brown was recently awarded the American Anthropological Association and Oxford University Press Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in Anthropology and the Society for Medical Anthropology Graduate Student Mentoring Award. Brown has also authored dozens of professional articles and books and is an active member of a number of professional societies, including the American Association of Public Health and the Global Health Council.
Young-Ihl Chang to receive Sheth Distinguished International Alumni Award
Chang will receive the 2013 Sheth Distinguished International Alumni Award, which recognizes Emory's international alumni who have distinguished themselves through service to universities, governments or the private sector.
Chang was the 19th president of the Presbyterian College and Theological Seminary (PCTS), a distinguished educational institution in South Korea, until his recent retirement. He was awarded the Highest Order of Service Merit earlier this year by the previous president Lee Myung-bak. Prior to being named president in 2009, he served as a faculty member, director and dean of various units of the institution.
"Chang has built on a strong foundation to continue the excellence of PCTS," says Carol Newsom, director of the Graduate Division of Religion at Emory, who notes that PCTS has reinforced Emory's ties to Korean institutions by continually sending very strong students to Emory.
Chang has also served as a trustee and vice chair of the Korea Association of Accredited Theological Schools. In 2010, Chang received the Global CEO of Korea Award in Global Talent Cultivating Management Division by Forbes Korea.
Chang earned his PhD in Hebrew Bible from Emory's Graduate Division of Religion in 1987.
Kenya Casey named recipient of staff International Outreach Award
Casey will receive the second annual International Outreach Award, created last year to recognize Emory staff who have made significant contributions to the internationalization of the University, as well as international professional networks in their fields.
Casey is the associate director for Emory's Center for International Programs Abroad (CIPA). In 2007, Casey started the Minority Outreach Initiative at CIPA to address the disparity in study abroad participation of underrepresented minority students at Emory.
Through the initiative, Casey has mobilized resources, devised and implemented strategies for advertising the opportunities and benefits of international education to a wider range of students, and assembled student panels to better reach Emory's African American, Latino/a and Native American students. As a result of Casey's efforts, Emory students have received more than $450,000 in external scholarships for study abroad since 2007 compared to the previous average of $10,000 award amounts per semester.
Casey has worked on additional internationalization initiatives through IDN-CIPA Scholars, International Career Networking Night and Emory UPGRADE, each of which seek to provide students with opportunities in research, work and service in developing countries in topic areas including peace and conflict, public health, and democracy and human rights. She has also facilitated workshops and contributed to manuals for Diversity Abroad.
"Kenya has envisioned education abroad as more than the goal but as a means to enriching the ability of Emory's students to live and demonstrate their citizenship in a global society," says Carol Anderson, associate professor of African American studies and history. "Since coming to Emory in 2006, Kenya's work has been original, visionary, distinctive, and transformative – for the students, for the University, and for the profession."
In 2008, Casey was the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship for the Korea International Education Administrators Program. Her most recent co-authored publication for NAFSA, "You Too! Can Study Abroad, Guide for Ethnically and Racially Underrepresented Students" was published this fall.