Community Service

The four-week SUSI academic residency at Green River College includes several visits to local not-for-profit organizations whose mission and activities are relevant to the academic program.

USI participants volunteer by performing habitat restoration at Northwest Trek.

You will have opportunities to meet and interact with Americans of diverse backgrounds at women’s organizations, community groups, business, industry, local government and non-government organizations, schools, outreach and social service organizations, for example. It is important that you understand how American communities approach service to the community, including volunteerism, charitable giving, and community outreach and how they provide social services and serve the less fortunate in our society, not only those experiencing financial hardship, but also those in the midst of dispossession, victimized by domestic violence, or struggling to manage long term issues.

You will visit organizations such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Tacoma YWCA. In addition to learning about the operations of community service organizations, participants will volunteer at the Auburn Food Bank, Elk Run Farm, and perform habitat restoration at Northwest Trek and in Leavenworth.


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.