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The International Education Partnership Award

Every year, we recognize individuals or organizatiosn who significantly contribute to the mission of the SLLC: Those who help facilitate understanding of the world's the diversity through learning languages, literatures, and cultures, and those who offer opportunities to our students for deep engagement with a wide range of languages, literatures, and cultures that provide the knowledge and skills to interact with and understand the world. 

At our annual convocation, we therefore bestow the International Education Partnership Award. 

Recipients

2016

Steele

Steele is a company that is defining the way that skills and knowledge are used in the twenty-first century. In its short history, Steele CIS has employed many KU students and alumni in both contractor and career roles. It has actively sought KU students with foreign-language backgrounds. Moreover, it has provided PhD students with both career opportunities as well as concrete examples of what a non-academic career in foreign-languages looks like today.

Steele CIS is an innovative company that uses Internet technology together with highly educated employees to investigate international compliance with the US Federal Corrupt Practices Act. This work requires employees who understand both English and a wide range of other languages, it calls on their ability to read subtle culturally-embedded information, it requires them to conduct complex and challenging research, and, finally, it expects them to write effectively to communicate their findings.

Steele CIS is a company that is defining the way that skills and knowledge are used in the twenty-first century. In its short history, Steele CIS has employed many KU students and alumni in both contractor and career roles. It has actively sought KU students with foreign-language backgrounds. Moreover, it has provided PhD students with both career opportunities as well as concrete examples of what a non-academic career in foreign-languages looks like today. The SLLC mission statement aspires to provide “opportunities for deep engagement with a wide range of languages, literatures, and cultures that provide the knowledge and skills to interact with and understand the world”; Steele CIS gives our students a way to apply their knowledge and skills in meaningful ways to do good in the world, making it safer and ready for business, and thus a more humane place for international commerce to thrive.

For its support of KU SLLC’s mission, its students and alumni, we are pleased to award to Steele CIS the first annual KU SLLC International Education Partnership Award.

2017

Clinton O. Robinson (Director of State & Local Government Affairs for Black & Veatch Corporation)

Clint Robinson is an Associate Vice President and serves as the Director of State & Local Government Affairs for Black & Veatch Corporation. He has worked for Black & Veatch Corporation since 1984 and is a Professional Engineer registered in Kansas and Missouri. He is also fluent in Spanish. His professional engineering history includes over 25 years of project related work in the water/wastewater engineering field. Five of those years were spent managing a successful operation in an office in Miami, FL for water related services in South Florida, Latin America, and the Caribbean.

Clinton O. Robinson, Director of State & Local Government Affairs for Black & Veatch Corporation, has supported the KU School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures through his advocacy for language-learning and cultural competence in regional K–12 education and industry. He has helped the School to develop productive ties, for example, with the Blue Valley School District and Blue Valley CAPS, which are important sources of highly qualified students, as well as with Black & Veatch, whose world-wide reach requires an increasingly globally competent and culturally flexible workforce. Clinton O. Robinson has not only mastered Spanish and used it in his professional life as an executive, notably through his work with Latin American projects for Black & Veatch, but has his public visibility and professional leadership to highlight the importance of studying languages and cultures, and to encourage others to share this globalized approach in his business partnerships, outreach to professional schools, and his talks and seminars with the public at large.

In his warmly-received key-note address to the SLLC in 2016 in front of a full house of alumni, faculty, students and friends of the School, he spoke eloquently of his experience in language-learning and what it taught him about applying the lessons of cultural competence in the business world.

The Convocation’s festivities were made especially poignant by the fact that Clinton O. Robinson is the great-grandson of David Hamilton Robinson, “Lawrence’s Linguist” and one of the three founding faculty of KU in 1866, underlining the deep and dynamic commitment of KU to language and cultural education as well as the profound ties of the Robinson family to KU’s great traditions.

For his support of KU SLLC’s mission, its students and alumni, we are pleased to award to Clinton O. Robinson the second annual KU SLLC International Education Partnership Award.



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