“I’m excited to reconnect with members of the Lehigh alumni community during this trip and share with them everything that’s happening at the university,” Helble said. “Lehigh is a truly international campus, and global engagement is crucial for our graduates to thrive professionally and personally in today’s international arena.”
Helble’s trip to Latin America is aligned with Lehigh’s new strategic plan, Inspiring the Future Makers, which calls for broadening Lehigh’s global perspective and impact. The plan notes that Lehigh’s educational and research activities span the globe.
Cheryl Matherly, vice president and vice provost for International Affairs, said Lehigh’s very first international students—more than 150 years ago—were from Latin American countries. She said Lehigh remains heavily active today with global partnerships and faculty research projects with Latin American institutions.
“It’s very appropriate that President Helble’s first international trip is to Latin America, because Lehigh has such a deep history of engagement with that part of the world,” said Matherly, who is attending the trip with Helble. “It’s been a central part of the Lehigh experience since the earliest days of the university’s history.”
The Trip Itinerary
The trip will begin Nov. 30 with a visit to Ecuador, where Helble will deliver a lecture at Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) as part of its Chancellor’s Lecture Series. The series has featured prestigious speakers from all around the world, including Nobel Laureates, former heads of state, business leaders and distinguished scholars.