The Dialogue Institute (DI) concluded its 10th Study of the U.S. Institute (SUSI) for Student Leaders on Religious Pluralism in the United States on August 9, with a final session in Washington, D.C. Twenty students from the Middle East (Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon and Turkey) returned to their home countries following an intensive five-week program focused on religious pluralism and democracy - including four weeks in Philadelphia and a week-long study tour in Atlanta, North Carolina and Washington, D.C.
They join a group of more than 200 alumni who have participated in the DI's SUSI program since 2010.
"It is such a privilege to work with these courageous and intelligent global young adult leaders," said Rebecca Mays, DI Executive Director and SUSI Co-Academic Director. "We look forward to supporting them as they apply what they've learned about dialogue and religious pluralism in their home contexts."
The program, run jointly by the Dialogue Institute and the International Center for Contemporary Education, with funding from the U.S. Department of State (Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs), introduces students from the Middle East and Southeast Asia to central elements of U.S. history, society, institutions, and democracy through a focus on American religious freedom.
The DI will host its next SUSI, January 9-February 13, 2016, with 20 students from Southeast Asia.
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