Ambassadors of Friendship

Over the last four years, FIUTS has hosted Study of the U.S. Institutes for student leaders from around the world. This program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, has so far brought 100 university-level student leaders to Seattle for intensive programs focusing on media, journalism, and civic engagement.

During their time in Seattle, SUSI participants are matched 1-1 with a University of Washington student "Ambassador" who served as a peer mentor, cultural liaison, and friend. Many SUSI participants and Ambassadors have stayed in touch and made friends for life. This month, as we are celebrating our program alumni, here is a blog post about the incredible connections between SUSI alumni and their Ambassadors!

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The best ambassadors in the whole wide world

In honor of the International Day of Friendship on July 30, we are publishing a series of blog posts on cross-cultural friendships in the FIUTS community.

Here is a post by Anuja Khadka from Nepal, writing about her experience in 2014 as a participant in the Study of the U.S. Institute (SUSI) on Journalism and New Media. Anuja and the other 19 participants from South Asia were all matched with a University of Washington student "Ambassador" who provided guidance, cultural insight, and friendship during their time in Seattle.

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Meet the Youth Entrepreneurs from Latvia and Lithuania

For the last week, FIUTS has been fortunate to be able to host the second year of the Youth Entrepreneurship Program with Latvia and Lithuania!

Sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Riga, Latvia, and coordinated by FIUTS in Seattle, this program inspires and empowers high school students to engage in a cultural exchange experience and learn ways in which entrepreneurship can strengthen communities and improve people's lives.

The students have recently completed an entrepreneurship program in their home countries during which they developed their own small businesses. Read on to learn more about them and the businesses they created!

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Finance Education for Students in Botswana

The Study of the U.S. Institute (SUSI) on Civic Engagement is a program of the U.S Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. This institute is hosted by FIUTS in Seattle each year for 20 undergraduates from southern Africa who spend five weeks developing leadership skills, learning about civic engagement, and preparing to implement projects that benefit their home communities once they return home. Read on for a post by Pelinah about her SUSI project!

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Welcome, Tomoi and Nana

FIUTS is very excited to have two new friendly faces at the front desk, who will be answering phone calls, working on events and activities, and greeting walk-in visitors. Tomoi and Nana from Bellevue College are our new interns, so stop by the office and say hi!

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Question the Answer

The president of the 2017-2018 FIUTS Student Board, Diana Park, was featured in this video from the University of Washington's Undergraduate Academic Affairs. Diana is from South Korea and recently graduated with a bachelor's degree in Earth and Space Sciences and Oceanography and actively participated in research during her time at UW. You can read more about Diana and the other students featured in the video on the UAA website.

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Seeing the Future

At the 2018 FIUTS Blue Marble Bash fundraiser on April 27, three inspiring students spoke about their experiences connecting with others through FIUTS programs. We'll be publishing the text of these speeches over the next couple of weeks so that those who couldn't attend the event have a chance to hear what these incredible members of our community have to say.

The following is the text of the speech by Alvin Duong, a student at UW Bothell studying biology with a minor in chemistry. Alvin has been involved with FIUTS as an ambassador for the SUSI (Study of the U.S. Institute) program with Southern African students.

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FIUTS Leads 2018

On Saturday, April 7, the FIUTS Leadership Committee hosted an annual leadership conference at the Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center. The goal of this event was to promote cross-cultural communication and personal leadership development among diverse student leaders. This event went very well, starting with an inspiring session leading by Alison Kilkenny and motivating workshops led by Janice Jaworski, Fahad Aldaajani, and Howard Sun. Thank you to everyone who attended the event!

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Sharing Joy

At the 2018 FIUTS Blue Marble Bash fundraiser on April 27, three inspiring students spoke about their experiences connecting with others through FIUTS programs. We'll be publishing the text of these speeches over the next couple of weeks so that those who couldn't attend the event have a chance to hear what these incredible members of our community have to say.

The following is the text of the speech by Jie Bai, a sophomore studying Public Health from Wuhan, China. Jie is a current member of the FIUTS Student Board.

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