Washington and Lee University has awarded Global Learning Leadership Prizes to two seniors for 2014. The recipients are Johan (Manuel) Garcia Padilla, a native of Mexico from Mount Vermont, Wash., and a Spanish major with a minor in Latin American and Caribbean studies, and Johnson scholar Haley Smith, a double major in biology and environmental science, from Asheville, N.C.
"Both students won for their efforts to bring internationalism to campus: participation in SAIL, heading up this year's P4T (Planning for Tomorrow) seminar on global health issues and integrating their experiences abroad into their overall education over the four years," said Laurent Boetsch, professor of romance languages and director of the Center for International Education.
The Global Learning Leadership Prize is awarded annually by the Center for International Education to a student in the undergraduate senior class who has contributed the most to the cultivation of global learning on the W&L campus and who best exemplifies the University's commitment that "(W&L) graduates will be prepared for life-long learning, personal achievement, responsible leadership, service to others and engaged citizenship in a global and diverse society."
The awards were presented at a reception in the Reeves Center on May 20, which also honored those seniors who have earned Certificates of International Immersion.