Promoting mutual understanding through exchanges: FHI 360 granted Department of State award to implement European student leaders exchange program
Durham, NC — FHI 360 has been selected as the implementing partner for the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs FY 2016 Study of the U.S. Institutes for Student Leaders from Europe Program, which will provide 66 European undergraduate students the opportunity to participate in an intensive academic exchange to explore U.S. society, culture and institutions.
The FHI 360 team is pleased to partner with the University of Oregon, University of South Carolina and University of Tennessee at Chattanooga to develop thematic programming on the institute themes of environmental issues, civic engagement, and social entrepreneurship. The program will provide the participants an opportunity to build tangible leadership skills, form social networks and strengthen their thematic knowledge of the institutes through community service activities, leadership development workshops, a study tour and discussions with U.S. peers. Additionally, the academic exchange will explore the influence, principles and values of democracy, individual rights, freedom of expression, equality and diversity, and tolerance in contemporary American life.
As part of a Capstone Conference in Washington, DC, students will have the opportunity to share their U.S. experience with other institute students and the Department of State, reflecting on the knowledge and skills gained and how to leverage the experience to become change agents in their communities.
The FHI 360 team and its university partners have extensive experience developing and implementing international exchanges that offer an innovative and interactive academic program to introduce participants to the rich diversity of the U.S. culture and society. They are excited to continue their commitment to working with youth and promoting youth leadership through exchanges.
Photo caption: Participants from a recent youth leadership exchange visited the Lincoln Memorial to catch a glimpse of the famous words spoken by Martin Luther King Jr. Students participated in a cultural exchange with Americans to develop leadership and civic engagement skills.
Photo credit: Chauna Martinez/FHI 360