Wheelock to Host International Students for the US State Dept.

June 02, 2011

Wheelock College's Center for International Education, Leadership, and Innovation will host a Study of the United States Institutes (SUSI) for 20 Student Leaders on US History and Government in July 2011 as part of a broader US Department of State initiative designed to promote a better understanding of the US abroad and to help develop future world leaders. Wheelock College was chosen by Phelps Stokes as an institutional partner along with North Carolina Central University (Durham, NC) and George Mason University (Fairfax, VA) for this five-week academic exchange program.

The Wheelock College institute focuses on the study of US history, government, and society through a human rights and social justice lens. During July 2011, twenty undergraduate students from Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama will participate in an immersive four-week educational program delivered in Spanish and have the opportunity to experience Wheelock College's hospitality and the greater Boston area's cultural opportunities.

The US Department of State is supplying the grant under the Fulbright-Hays Act "to foster mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries." Some highlights of the Wheelock College program will include a series of discussions, service learning experiences, leadership trainings, site visits, and a range of other exciting activities that will allow participants to become engaged in this examination of U.S. history and government, to reflect on their learning, and to contemplate and articulate the ways in which it applies to their own contexts.

"Across the curriculum, the Institute will examine and highlight the role of movements, and the individuals in them, as agents of social change," said Dr. Linda Davis, Associate Professor and Interim Director of Wheelock College's Center for International Education, Leadership, and Innovation. "A key goal of the Institute is to provide a space in which participants can develop as a network of leaders committed to, as we say at Wheelock, "inspiring a world of good."

A team of peer mentors and interns, primarily from Wheelock College, will be available to work with the participants, introducing them to the College campus and the greater Boston community to ensure that they have the best possible experience while they are at Wheelock College in Boston.

The Study of the US Institutes are designed and funded by the Study of the US Branch in the US Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). The Wheelock participants are among over 40,000 individuals participating in US Department of State exchange programs each year. For more than sixty years, ECA has funded and supported programs that seek to promote mutual understanding and respect between people of the United States and people of other countries. Other ECA programs include the Fulbright Program and the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program. For more information about ECA programs, visit http://exchanges.state.gov/.

For more information about Wheelock College's Center for International Education, Leadership, and Innovation, please contact Dr. Linda Davis at 617-879-2341 or ldavis@wheelock.edu.

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