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SUSI Press Release 6-20

Announcing the first Study of the U.S. Institute (SUSI) for Student Leaders on Journalism and New Media hosted by FIUTS.

Media Contact: Ellen Frierson
For Immediate Release
June 20, 2014
FIUTS Contact: ellen@fiuts.org
FIUTS Phone: 206-543-0735
U.S. State Department Contact: ECA-Press@state.gov

Journalism Students from South Asia Visit Seattle


On June 22, 20 university students from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka will arrive in Seattle to study journalism and new media and build relationships with American college students during the Study of the U.S. Institute (SUSI) for Student Leaders on Journalism and New Media. During their five weeks in the United States, participants will study topics related to media and journalism through coursework and experiential learning activities, and will also participate in community service projects, leadership workshops, and cultural excursions. The students will stay on campus at the University of Washington, and will spend one weekend with a homestay host to experience daily life with a member of the local community.

The Study of the U.S. Institutes, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, promote a better understanding of the people, institutions, and culture of the United States among foreign students, teachers, and scholars through short-term academic programs. The SUSI program in Seattle is coordinated by the Foundation for International Understanding through Students (FIUTS), a local non-profit organization affiliated with the University of Washington that promotes international friendship and cross-cultural understanding in the region. The Seattle Globalist, a daily publication covering the connections between Seattle and the rest of the globe, is collaborating with FIUTS to deliver courses on topics in journalism and new media. This is the first SUSI program that FIUTS and The Globalist will host.

Program Highlights

● Wednesday, June 25, 9 AM to 1:30 PM: Service projects at local food banks (Ballard Food Bank, ACRS, University District, and North Helpline)

● Friday, July 4, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM: Service Project at Marra Farms Giving Garden (9026 4th Ave S)

● Monday, July 7, 5:00 to 9:00 PM: Networking Happy Hour followed by film screening of “Finding Hillywood” and discussion with filmmakers (Roy Street Cafe, 700 Broadway E)

● Wednesday, July 9, 1:00 PM: Cultural presentation and interviews at Greenwood Senior Center (525 N 85th Street)

● Thursday, July 17, 7:00 to 9:00 PM: “SUSI Student Showcase: Photos and Stories from South Asia” public event with Seattle Globalist to share South Asian culture and engage Seattle community in dialogue (Street Bean Espresso, 2702 3rd Ave)

The program will also include two full-day study tours to locations near Seattle:

● Friday, June 27: Study tour to Eatonville, including a meeting with the Mayor and a visit to the Eatonville Dispatch to explore media and community in small towns

● Wednesday, July 16: Trip to Bainbridge Island, including a visit to the Japanese internment memorial; a meeting with Mary Woodward, daughter of Milly and Walt Woodward, editors of the Bainbridge Review who openly opposed internment; and a visit with staff at YES Magazine

Other activities during the program include a trip to the Ballard Farmers Market, a leadership camp weekend, and site visits to local media outlets, in addition to classes and workshops on journalism, civic engagement, and leadership.

Story ideas for covering the Study of the U.S. Institute for Student Leaders in Journalism and New Media:

● Explore impressions of journalism and media in the U.S. as compared to students’ home countries

● Interview students about how what they are learning through the program will impact their future professions as journalists

● Citizen diplomacy in action! Show why it matters that students from South Asia participate in a program that brings them into close contact with professionals, students, and host families in the U.S. for meaningful cross-cultural experiences and dialogue

The Foundation for International Understanding Through Students was founded in 1948 by local community leaders and University of Washington faculty, with the mission to prevent future international conflict by promoting peace and goodwill. FIUTS programs challenge students and members of our community to build bonds of friendship that extend beyond borders, politics, and stereotypes and inspire a new generation of informed and compassionate global leaders. Read more at http://www.fiuts.org, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

The Seattle Globalist is a daily publication covering the connections between Seattle and the rest of the globe. It’s where Seattle meets the world. Their mission is to elevate diverse voices through media. The Globalist features travel writing from a Northwest perspective, restaurant and music reviews, a calendar of cultural events, and perspectives on global news from Seattle’s international population. Learn more at www.seattleglobalist.com.

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs promotes international mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries through a wide range of academic, cultural, private-sector, professional, and sports exchange programs. The Bureau’s exchanges engage youth, students, educators, artists, athletes, and emerging leaders in many fields in the United States and in more than 160 countries. Alumni of State Department exchanges comprise one million people around the world, including more than 50 Nobel Laureates and more than 320 current or former heads of state and government. Visit eca.state.gov to learn more. For press inquiries, contact ECA-Press@state.gov.

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