Around the World in an Afternoon

August 17, 2015

Male and female participant holding signs that say "We are SUSI leaders"

On July 29, over 100 students and scholars from 49 countries convened at the U.S. Department of State to display elements of their cultural heritage and to share the results of the research projects they completed while in the Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) Program. The room was filled with color, decoration, flags from around the world, and vibrant students and scholars who were excited to share stories about their time in the United States as well as their expectations and overall program experiences. The event was open to all State Department employees, and the SUSI students and scholars had time to meet and greet visitors and to network with one another. 

During their respective five- to six-week institutes, students and scholars were hosted by U.S. academic institutions throughout the country where they focused on topics including civic engagement, policymaking, social entrepreneurship, and U.S. history. This intensive academic residency included leadership development, an educational study tour, local community service activities, and unique opportunities for participants to get to know their American peers. 

After a rewarding program in the United States, SUSI students and scholars return home to engage their local communities as social and business entrepreneurs, community activists, and scholars. 

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