U.S. Mission Iraq: 2019 SUSI for Student Leaders on Women’s Leadership Program

Deadline: 18 December 2018

U.S. Mission Iraq has announced the 2019 Study of the United States Institutes (SUSI) for Student Leaders on Women’s Leadership program.

The SUSI-Student Leaders on Women’s Leadership is an intensive short term academic program whose purpose is to provide groups of undergraduate students with a deeper understanding of the United States, while simultaneously enhancing their leadership skills. The five-week program will consist of a balanced series of seminar discussions, readings, group presentations, and lectures. The coursework and classroom activities will be complemented by educational travel, site visits, leadership activities, and volunteer opportunities within the local community. The Institutes will include an academic residency component of approximately four weeks and a domestic study tour of approximately one week. During the academic residency, participants will also have the opportunity to engage in educational and cultural activities outside of the classroom.

The Institute on Women’s Leadership will begin with an opening conference in Washington, D.C. The participants in this Institute will then travel to Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana where they will engage in a four week academic residency focusing on the history and participation of women in public life in the United States. Entitled “Educating Tomorrow’s Global Women Leaders”, the academic program focuses on six proficiency areas that comprise the intercultural leadership model: 1) Recognize the Leader Within 2) Articulate your Ethical/Spiritual Center, 3) Engage and Value Diversity, 4) Dialogue on Power and Privilege, 5) Create Inclusive and Equitable Communities and 6) Make Your Difference in the World. The Institute aims to develop participants’ leadership skills in areas such as critical thinking, communication, decision-making, and managerial abilities. The Institute will also examine the fields of women’s studies, U.S. women’s history, women’s economic empowerment, and global women’s movements to address challenges.

The Institute will be hosted by Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indianapolis from late June to early August, 2019.

Eligibility Criteria

  • be female;
  • be proficient in English;
  • be interested in the topic of Women’s Leadership;
  • be between 18 and 25 years of age;
  • have at least one semester left of their undergraduate studies, and therefore be committed to return to their home universities following completion of the program;
  • demonstrate strong leadership qualities and potential in their university and community activities;
  • indicate a serious interest in learning about the United States;
  • have a sustained high level of academic achievement, as indicated by grades, awards, and teacher recommendations;
  • demonstrate commitment to community and extracurricular university activities;
  • have little or no prior study or travel experience in the United States or elsewhere outside of their home country;
  • be mature, responsible, independent, confident, open-minded, tolerant, thoughtful, and inquisitive;
  • be willing and able to fully participate in an intensive academic program, community service, and educational travel; and,
  • be comfortable with campus life, prepared to share living accommodations, and able to make adjustments to cultural and social practices different from those of their home country.

How to Apply

Applications can be e-mailed at the address given on the website.

For more information, please visit https://iq.usembassy.gov/education-culture/exchange-programs/susi/

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