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Global Women Leaders Institute

Saint Mary’s College was selected for a grant by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the US State

Saint Mary’s College was selected for a grant by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the US State Department to conduct a Study of the United States Institute (SUSI) for undergraduate women leaders from Burma/Myanmar, Egypt, Libya, Mongolia, and Tunisia on Women and Leadership. 

Welcome, participants! 



U.S. academic institutions around the country host foreign undergraduate leaders for the five-to-six week long Study of the United States Institutes for Student Leaders (SUSI). These programs provide participants with intensive academic studies, an educational tour of other regions of the country, local community service activities, and opportunities to engage with their American peers. The SUSI for Women’s Leadership, in particular, focuses on the history and participation of women in public life in the United States. According to the program’s intention, participants will:

  • Develop leaderships skills in areas such as critical thinking, communication, decision-making, and managerial abilities, and

  • Be able to place these abilities in the context of the history and participation of women in U.S. politics, economics, culture and society.

The Saint Mary's Educating Tomorrow's Global Women Leaders Institute consisted of four weeks of intensive academic study of U.S. women’s history, leadership, and intercultural skills on campus, followed by a week of educational travel, and culminating with a conference in Washington, DC. The Saint Mary's Institute was held June 16 to July 21, 2012.

This is the first year that Saint Mary’s hosted the SUSI for Women’s Leadership.

News Coverage

Women's Leadership Program Brings Global Visitors to Campus

International Students on Campus for State Department Institute (South Bend Tribune)

Kaitlyn Rabach, Student Mentor, Reflects on the Program

U.S. Program Encourages Foreign Female Students to Dream Big (The Chronicle of Higher Education)

One Student's Journey From Ulan Bator to the U.S.

Study of the U.S. Institutes


Week 1 Video
Week 2 Video
Week 3 Video
Week 4 Video
Week 5 Video

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