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SUSI Press Release 7-7

Media Contact: Ellen Frierson
For Immediate Release
July 7, 2014
FIUTS Contact: ellen@fiuts.org
FIUTS Phone: 206-616-7025
U.S. State Department Contact: ECA-Press@state.gov

Journalism Students from South Asia Find Cross-Cultural Friendship in Seattle

Twenty journalism students from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka are visiting Seattle this summer, during which time they will engage with diverse U.S. and global cultures through interactions with both international and domestic “Student Ambassadors” from the University of Washington.

The students from South Asia are participating in the Study of the U.S. Institute (SUSI) for Student Leaders in Journalism and New Media, sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Foundation for International Understanding Through Students (FIUTS). They are in Seattle for a total of four weeks, from June 22 to July 20. This is the first SUSI program that FIUTS is hosting, in collaboration with The Seattle Globalist.

In preparation for the program, FIUTS has recruited 20 Student Ambassadors to be partnered one-on-one with a visiting journalism student. Ambassadors are all University of Washington students and come from the U.S., China, Egypt, Japan, Brazil, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, and Taiwan. Ambassadors act as cultural liaisons, peer mentors, friends and leaders during international participant’s time in Seattle. SUSI students and ambassadors have many opportunities to engage in organized activities that promote cross-cultural awareness and student leadership. Activities so far have included a weekend leadership retreat, a Seattle harbor cruise, hiking at Mt. Rainier, and experiencing the Fourth of July fireworks show at Gas Works Park.

SUSI students and ambassadors are mutually benefiting from this unique opportunity for cross-cultural connection and collaboration. Kailyn Swarthout, a recent UW graduate from Olympia, WA, explains why she became a SUSI ambassador: “I love sharing the Pacific Northwest with newcomers and learning about other parts of the world at the same time. I’ve been blown away by the enthusiasm, ambition, and genuine kindness of all of the participants.” Kripa Sigdal, a SUSI student from Nepal, says, “Now I realize how good it is to have friends who speak and behave differently than me but are still connected for a purpose - it's just not about two people, it’s about the smiles they exchange and connections they make.”

To learn more or to arrange interviews with SUSI students and ambassadors, contact Ellen Frierson at ellen@fiuts.org or 206-616-7025.

SUSI staff, students and ambassadors at a weekend team-building retreat in Eatonville, WA

 

Ambassadors space needle

SUSI Students and Ambassadors visit the Space Needle

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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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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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