Expected Outcomes

As a result of completing the academic and educational travel program, you will possess greater knowledge of American society, its fundamental principles, underlying values and supporting institutions—with a focus on leadership, the empowerment of women and the processes which effect change.

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The program will cover the various course topics from national and international perspectives so that you appreciate how contemporary America has evolved, how women’s issues affect your role in society, and most importantly, how to lead in ways that make a difference in your own lives and those of others.

Through your interactions with faculty and staff, guest speakers, community representatives, local students, and host families, you will gain an appreciation of American life and particularly how women’s roles and identities have evolved in the multicultural context which is modern America. Aligned with this – as one of the most fundamental program outcomes—will be a new appreciation of the importance of leadership for women, as well as opportunities to develop skills which will transfer to your home context and ideally have an effect in your future careers as leaders in organizations and communities.

During the visits and field trips which complement the academic program you will benefit from meeting with federal, state, county, and city representatives in order for the knowledge acquired in class presentations and discussions to be grounded in current practice. Two of the highlights are visits to Olympia, our state capital, to meet with our female Secretary of State and one of our female Supreme Court Justices.

We have appointed four female American students to serve as Cultural Ambassadors throughout the program. They are equiped with the necessary cultural sensitivity and ability to assist you at all stages of the program and in connecting with the local community.

There is also time for fun.

You will arrive just in time for our Independence Day Celebration on July 4th. This is one of our grand holidays with fireworks and family fun. On other days, we are planning to visit Seattle, the Tacoma Waterfront, Northwest Trek where you will do the zip line course, and white water rafting on the Wenatchee River. There are also street fairs, county fairs and farmer’s markets, barbeques, and other activities that your host families could take you to.


The Study of the United States Institute (SUSI) on Women's Leadership is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). ECA’s mission is "to foster mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries to promote friendly and peaceful relations.

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Contact Us

SUSI Academic Director

Beth Carter


SUSI Administrative Director

Megan Swanson

+1 (253) 931-6845 (office phone)





This is a program of the U.S. Department of State, administered by Green River College.