The Office of International Initiatives is charged with broadening and deepening international engagement across the campus community and developing new and innovative global partnerships.
The Office provides support to faculty, staff, and students who plan activities and events that address global issues, including speakers’ series, seminars, study visits, and contacts with a wide range of international organizations. The staff also provides information and advice to students interested in global affairs, international connections and opportunities for engagement with such international institutions as United Nations agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and research institutes. The College’s Model United Nations program is also coordinated through this office.
The College is a member of the United Nations Academic Impact Initiative, established by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in 2010. This global network of more than 800 colleges and universities is committed to the principles of the UN; in addition, constituent colleges and universities collaborate with the UN through campus events, webcast “Global Classroom” discussions, and guest speaker engagements and conferences.
The Office for International Initiatives is led by former United Nations official Bertil Lindblad, Pomona ’78, who serves as the senior advisor for international initiatives.