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 sixth year for the Saint Mary's Institute which will be held June 24 through July 29, 2017.
SUSI FOR WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP
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 2016 will start with a conference on Women's Leadership at the Department of State and a visit of Washington, D.C. The Institute consisted 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.
During the Global Women's Leadership Institute 2017, 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.
Past Saint Mary's SUSI Programs Media
South Bend Tribune article, August 24, 2013
Bridging Cultures Through Community Service by Kaitlyn Rabach
Preview past SUSI activities in our videos listed below:
For Information on the US State Department Exchange Program visit: