Program Content and Schedule


The SUSI program will be delivered as a combination of classroom learning and experiential learning. Learning will take place in the form of lectures, workshops, small and large group activities, presentations, interactive assignments and discussion.

The SUSI program will take place in three U.S. cities in different parts of the country (see map below), with most of the program being spent in Seattle, Washington. The schedule is as follows:

January 4-8: Washington DC (East coast)

January 9-11: New Orleans, Louisiana (South)

January 12-February 9: Seattle, Washington (West coast)


From Left to Right: Seattle, New Orleans, Washington D.C.

From Left to Right: Seattle, New Orleans, Washington D.C.

Program Schedule: Site Visits, Tours, Meetings, Service Projects, and Workshops

Please note that once you arrive in the U.S. you will receive a detailed daily schedule with specific information about times and location for each day; we will review this schedule during orientation so that you will know exactly what is happening every day. Below, you will find a general overview of the organizations we will visit and workshops you will participate in throughout the program. This is not a complete list, but will give you a chance to learn a little more about some of what we will do.

Week 1: Washington DC & New Orleans

Visit to the Newseum and the National Museum of African American History and Culture (Washington DC)

African and Afro-Creole Heritage Tour (New Orleans)

Lower Ninth Ward Living Museum (New Orleans)

Week 2-5: Seattle

Participate in Martin Luther King Day of Service volunteer projects in teams around the city

Community Mapping workshop and activity at Pike Place Market

Regional study tour to Olympia, Washington, the state capitol, to visit and learn about state-level government

Meeting at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and tour of the Visitors Center

Trip to the top of the Space Needle

Service project at Seattle-area food banks

Site Visit: Meeting at Real Change Homeless Empowerment Project

Workshop on Professional and Business Networking

Global Ambassador Day with FIUTS

FIUTS CulturalFest International Expo 

Civic Engagement Course Curriculum

During your time in Seattle, you will take part in a course on Civic Engagement and Social Change taught by UW professor Ryan Burt. Download the course syllabus here.

The program will order and pay for a course packet and books that will include all your readings. You will receive an additional suitcase to bring these materials back to your home country after the program is over and an education materials stipend to purchase additional educational materials of your choosing.

Note that as per the email received on December 14, you have two pre-arrival readings to complete. You can access them using the following links:

“Civil Rights and Liberties” by Ken Kollman

“SNCC: What We Did” by Julian Bond

General Expectations:
You must adhere to a high standard of academic integrity in all of your reporting. Expect to spend several hours each week working on your assignments outside of class time. You should submit written assignments, on paper, at the beginning of class on the day they are due.

UNIT 1: Introduction to Civic Engagement, Civil Rights, and Grass-Roots Student Activism

UNIT 2: Civic Engagement in the Community: Volunteering and Direct Action

UNIT 3: Civic Engagement at the State and National Level: Political Leadership, Citizen Advocacy, and Minority Political Engagement

Leadership Curriculum

The FIUTS SUSI leadership curriculum is based on Kouzes and Posner’s Student Leadership Challenge. The curriculum aligns each leadership area with competency-based activities that supports participants in their project planning goals and overall leadership identity development.  Throughout all leadership sessions, we’ll work together on developing as leaders in our ability to communicate with diverse groups, reflect and build on our own and others’ experiences, and tell stories to drive impact.

1. Model the Way

Model the Way provides context to the overall discussion of leadership and introduces the idea that the most important leadership skill is self-development and aligning values with action. Also incorporates the idea of leadership identity and how to integrate your leadership ideals with your individual style, skills, and talents.

2. Inspire a Shared Vision

Inspire a Shared Vision focuses on a leader’s role as a story teller. Introduces a basic storytelling framework and the importance of articulating connections between where you come from, your vision for the future, and how you plan to influence change initiatives.

3. Challenge the Process

Challenge the process explores topics of conflict, resilience, and creativity. Introduces the idea of conflict styles and addresses how to approach conflict in a productive, active way and identify barriers, both internal and external, to our success as leaders.

4. Enable Others to Act

Enable Others to Act creates an opportunity for leaders to reflect on trust, sharing, and communication in their leadership. The session explores the important skill of active listening and teambuilding in groups as well as the role of leaders in supporting others’ development.

5. Encourage the Heart

Encourage the Heart helps leaders practice the art of observation – of “catching someone doing something great”. It’s a reminder of how much we all want to be seen as important and want our contributions to be noticed and how to align recognition with values.