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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:

June 22-July 21: Seattle, Washington (West coast) - program organized by FIUTS

July 21-24: Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Midwest) - program organized by Meridian International Center

July 24-27: Washington DC (East coast) - program organized by Meridian International Center

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Map from Left to Right: Seattle, Washington; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Washington D.C.

Please note that during the program, you will be extremely busy! Most days, you will have class and/or activities from 9:00am-5:00pm (this does not include time spent commuting), and there are also frequent evening activities. Most weekends involve some program activities as well. Please come prepared to work hard and participate fully in a rigorous, exciting program schedule!

Seattle 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 few of the organizations we will visit and workshops you will participate in during your time in Seattle with FIUTS. This is not a complete list, but will give you a chance to learn a little more about some of what we will do.

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

A visit to the Museum of History and Industry

Trip to the top of the Space Needle

Service project at Seattle-area food banks, Food Lifeline, and EarthCorps

Tour of Global Innovation Exchange

Site visits to Google and Microsoft

Site visit to the CoMotion MakerSpace

Workshop on Professional and Business Networking and a Professional Networking Reception

Site visit to the International Living Future Institute

Global Ambassador Day with FIUTS at a local summer program

Course Curriculum

During your time in Seattle, you will take part in a course on “The History and Future of Work in a Changing World” taught primarily by staff at the Washington State Labor Education and Research Center, along with guest speakers from the University of Washington and elsewhere. The program will order and pay for a course packet and books that will include all your readings.

General Expectations:
You must adhere to a high standard of academic integrity in all of your coursework. 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: The History of Labor and Labor Movements in the United States

UNIT 2: The Future of Work: Technology, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship

UNIT 3: Adapting to Change in the Local and Global Economy

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.