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Saint Mary’s College was selected for a grant by the US State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to conduct a Study of the United States Institute (SUSI) for undergraduate women leaders on Women and Leadership. This will be the ninth year for the Saint Mary's Institute which will be held June 26 through August 1, 2020.

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 leadership 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 2020 will start with a conference on Women's Leadership at the Department of State and a visit of Washington, D.C. The Institute consists of four weeks of intensive academic study of U.S. women’s history, leadership, and intercultural skills including short trips to various Midwestern cities such as Chicago, IL. 

Course Opportunity for Saint Mary's College students

During the Global Women's Leadership Institute 2020, Saint Mary's will offer a six-credit course, Global Women's Leadership (GWS 275) The main goal of this class is to examine global women's leadership and contemporary transnational feminism in a variety of areas, ranging from political representation to violence against women, peace and security, and other such concerns. The course is designed to help students have a clearer understanding of women's leadership in diverse cultures and contexts and help them acquire the knowledge, skills, and practices necessary to develop their leadership capacity. The seminar is designed for students to connect readings, assignments, and discussion to their experiential learning experiences, as well as their course requirements. 

For more information on the Saint Mary's program visit:

Saint Mary's College Background Information
Meet the Faculty and Staff
2019 Student Program Coordinators

Past Saint Mary's SUSI Programs Media


NEWS COVERAGE: WNIT Public Television, Experience Michiana, July 16, 2013

South Bend Tribune article, August 24, 2013
Bridging Cultures Through Community Service by Kaitlyn Rabach



Preview past SUSI activities in our videos listed below:





Participant's Introduction
Week 1 
Week 2
Weeks 3 and 4
Week 5


Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5 (Travel week)


Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5 

For Information on the US State Department Exchange Program visit:





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