Lafayette, LA – A ceremony took place at the International Center, in downtown Lafayette, on Thursday, April 22, 2021, in front of a gathering of City-Parish officials, representatives of UL Lafayette, past honorees of the Award, and members and past members of the Foundation.
Lafayette Mayor-President Josh Guillory stated: “The Lafayette International Center and the Lafayette Consolidated Government are deeply committed to a robust Lafayette economy, and to strengthening Lafayette’s ties to the rest of the world. For the past thirty-one years, the International Center has grown, developed programs of outreach and of education, and helped bring over 107 million dollars into the local economy, and has been nationally recognized for excellence ”
Dave Domingue, Director of the Lafayette International Center, continued, “Since our office is first and foremost an international trade development organization, primary consideration is given to individuals and organizations whose activities have helped draw economic benefits to the Lafayette area. This year we have chosen the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Division of Global Engagement. The Division is the University’s commitment to the globalization of education, research, and community engagement while enhancing its global presence. The Division works on a number of projects toward those goals, and data indicate that international students at UL Lafayette brought over 17 million into the local economy last year!”
Domingue concluded by saying, “Their work demonstrates the University’s commitment to help Lafayette become a city with global connections and global impact, led by their Division of Global Engagement.”
Dr. Gabriel Carranza, Executive Director of Global Engagement, thanked the IAA committee for this nomination and stated, “Higher Education is an Export Product that brings wealth to Lafayette producing jobs and having a substantial economic impact. A global education is the driving force behind diversifying the economy, and that means opening up to new markets and jumping onto the global wagon.”
The International Achievement Award was created to honor an organization or individual that has made an outstanding contribution to Lafayette’s international image and connections. The award debuted in 1998 and has been presented once a year to various recipients representing many sectors such as Oil & Gas, Music & Visual Arts, Manufacturing, Food, Tourism & Hospitality, and Finance.