Award for Advancing the UN SDGs through Education Abroad

The Forum’s Award for Advancing the UN SDGs through Education Abroad honors member institutions and organizations whose education abroad programs promote economic, environmental, and social sustainability. By recognizing members who have made significant progress towards the SDGs, The Forum hopes to inspire the field as a whole to contribute to a more sustainable future for all.

Award recipients will be acknowledged at The Forum’s hybrid Annual Conference.

The deadline to submit: September 13, 2021 

Criteria

Nominees for the Award will be judged on their implementation of the guidelines for Advancing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals through Education Abroad over the past academic year. 

To be considered for the award, applicants must be Forum member institutions or organizations in good standing.

Rating

Nominations are rated (on a scale of 0 to 5) on effective application of the guidelines’ sections.

 

Section Clause Description of Evaluation Criteria
Guiding Principles Mission and Goals How well does your mission statement align with SDGs?
Collaboration and Transparency Between Partners How well do you embed sustainability into your study abroad partnerships?
Ethics How do you incorporate ethical considerations such as wellbeing, education, equality, responsible consumption and production into your programming?
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion How do you address systemic biases and enhance equity, diversity and inclusion at every level: internal (students, faculty, staff) and external (partners, local communities)? 
Administrative Framework Operations How do your operational policies and practices reduce your programs’ carbon footprint on campus and abroad?
Program Planning and Development How do your program designs impact student learning outcomes around SDGs and improve medium- and long-term wellbeing of local communities? 
Personnel How do you engage, upskill and reward personnel on the basis of their SDG awareness and contributions?
Partnerships and Collaboration What partnerships have you developed and how do you engage with them to enhance progress towards SDGs?
Community Engagement How do you engage with local communities to promote awareness and achievement of SDGs?
Student Learning and Development Before Program How do your programs integrate sustainability topics and sustainable practices into program design & promotions?
During Program How do your programs try to understand sustainable development within the local context and include sustainability-related curricular / co-curricular activities?
After Program How do you encourage post-program reflection on sustainability issues? How do you reward, recognize and encourage students championing sustainability?

As the members of the selection committee read your entry, they will be asking:

  • How effectively do your programs and/or operations meet the criteria?
  • Is there evidence of measurable, sustainable change as a result of your efforts?
  • Do your efforts exceed standard sustainability practice(s)?
  • What were the challenges your office had to overcome?

Submit Nomination

Nominations must be submitted by The Forum institutional representative at a current institutional member of The Forum.
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Implementation of the guidelines for Advancing the UN SDGs through Education Abroad

For each section of the guidelines for Advancing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals through Education Abroad, please address each clause by responding to the questions below.
MISSION & GOALS: How well does your mission statement align with SDGs?

COLLABORATION & TRANSPARENCY BETWEEN PARTNERS: How well do you embed sustainability into your study abroad partnerships?

ETHICS: How do you incorporate ethical considerations such as wellbeing, education, equality, responsible consumption and production into your programming?

EQUITY, DIVERSITY, & INCLUSION: How do you address systemic biases and enhance equity, diversity and inclusion at every level: internal (students, faculty, staff) and external (partners, local communities)? 
OPERATIONS: How do your operational policies and practices reduce your programs’ carbon footprint on campus and abroad?

PROGRAM PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT: How do your program designs impact student learning outcomes around SDGs and improve medium- and long-term wellbeing of local communities? 

PERSONNEL: How do you engage, upskill and reward personnel on the basis of their SDG awareness and contributions?

PARTNERSHIPS & COLLABORATION: What partnerships have you developed and how do you engage with them to enhance progress towards SDGs?

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT: How do you engage with local communities to promote awareness and achievement of SDGs?
BEFORE PROGRAM: How do your programs integrate sustainability topics and sustainable practices into program design & promotions?

DURING PROGRAM: How do your programs try to understand sustainable development within the local context and include sustainability-related curricular / co-curricular activities?

AFTER PROGRAM: How do you encourage post-program reflection on sustainability issues? How do you reward, recognize and encourage students championing sustainability?