New Leadership in University Relations
SIT is pleased to announce the appointment of Mory Pagel as director of University Relations for SIT Study Abroad. Mory will work with the University Relations team to support SIT’s partner colleges and universities, conducting outreach to students, administration of other partnerships, and development of custom programs.
Mory has served SIT as a university relations manager in the Southeast region for the past eight years and as senior manager for the past year. He has worked to expand SIT’s partnership with schools and institutions throughout the Southeast, has presented at numerous conferences on behalf of SIT, and is dedicated to SIT’s relationship with our school partners.
Mory has an MA in international communications / international relations from American University and a BA in international business and German from Wartburg College. He has held previous positions at Youth for Understanding and the National Council for International Visitors (now Global Ties).
Today's African Expats
SIT Study has partnered with Morehouse College to create a new program, New African Diasporas: Transnational Communities, Cultures, and Economies. This comparative study abroad program was developed as part of a US Department of Education Title VI Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language (USIFL) grant.
Students will spend time in the US, Senegal, Italy, and China to experience the vitality and complexity of the contemporary African migrant experience. They will explore the topics of entrepreneurship, migration, West African Islam, banking, remittances, contemporary forms of racism, and issues of human rights in addition to Wolof language instruction.
This 15-credit program is conducted in English and includes homestays. It is open to all students and is relevant for students from a broad range of majors, including business, African/a studies, communications, anthropology, sociology, religion, and international relations.
SIT Internships: Linking Professional Experience to Critical Global Issues
Don’t forget that beginning in spring 2017, SIT Study Abroad will offer internships on select programs. These four- to six-week internships will be the culmination of a study abroad program examining a critical global issue and will give students an opportunity to develop professional skills in an international work environment.
On these programs, students will have the option to choose either an independent study project or an internship during the final four to six weeks of the program. They will earn four to six credits for the internship or independent project.
If you’re attending the NAFSA Conference in Denver, please join us for a special information session on SIT internships abroad:
Thursday, June 2, 2-3 PM
Hampton Inn & Suites Denver Downtown Convention Center
550 15th Street, Denver (just one block from the Convention Center)
Click here for a full list of the twelve programs offering internships in spring 2017.
New Horizons grants
New Horizons grants of $2,500 are available to students who participate in one of SIT's new semester programs in spring 2017. These grants are for students who demonstrate any need and are in addition to other SIT awards including the Pell Grant Match and the SIT general scholarship fund. Interested students should fill out the standard SIT scholarship application.
The eligible spring 2017 programs are:
Appreciation and Admiration
The SIT Uganda: Post-Conflict Transformation program, based in Gulu, will run for the final time in fall 2016. However, SIT remains committed to offering a study abroad program in Uganda and will continue to offer Uganda: Development Studies, based in Kampala, which has been running since 1998. For students interested in peace and conflict studies in East Africa, SIT also offers Rwanda: Post-Genocide Restoration and Peacebuilding.
We plan to continue to stay connected to our network in Gulu through educational excursions and as an ISP site for students.
We are grateful to all of our staff and partners in Gulu and for all of the students who participated on this program over the past seven years. Students on the fall 2016 program will be offered the full program as scheduled.
Newest Alice Swanson Fellow
Congratulations to Abigail Outterson (Skidmore College), the newest recipient of the Alice Rowan Swanson Fellowship, which returns alumni to their host countries to conduct human rights projects.
Outterson, an alumna of the Panama: Tropical Ecology, Marine Ecosystems, and Biodiversity Conservation program, plans to create film documentation and interactive mapping to depict the daily struggles on the Ngäbe-Buglé comarca (reservation). Indigenous community members will express in their own words the experiences and challenges of getting their children to school.
For her project, she will partner with Few for Change, a nonprofit organization in Panama founded in 2009 by SIT Panama alumni. Few for Change provides scholarships, educational resources, and community support for those who would not otherwise be able to continue their studies.
Celebrating Student Achievement