Global UGRADs Featured in Campus News

Global UGRADs Featured in Campus News

The host institutions that help make Global UGRAD possible work hard to give participants a platform to share about their culture on campus. Central Washington University and Troy University recently interviewed students about their exchange experience and featured their stories on social media. Check it out below! Troy university's International Student Cultural Organization better known as "ISCO" takes time each …

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at St. Cloud State University

Since the beginning of the semester I have had the opportunity to get involved in different activities that support diversity, equity, and inclusion. This is something that fills me with joy and pride, because I firmly believe in the development of societies through understanding, inclusion, and teamwork. Recently, I was an ambassador at the Power in Diversity two-day conference, where …

My Second Family: How Friendship Families Impact Worldviews

My Second Family: How Friendship Families Impact Worldviews

At many universities across the United States, Global UGRAD students have been able to participate in Friendship Family programs. Whether through group trips together or cooking traditional meals, these types of programs are a great opportunity for students to share their culture with Americans outside of campus and to learn about their community in unique ways. Continue reading to see …

Celebrating International Women’s Day: The Woman Who Inspires Me the Most

Celebrating International Women’s Day: The Woman Who Inspires Me the Most

Thinking about this article had me browsing the internet, looking for famous, great women to inspire me. I looked at Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Maya Angelou, Serena Williams, Hillary Clinton, Sheryl Sandberg….but deep down, I already knew who my inspiration is: my mother (let me explain–I don’t want to sound cliche!). In 2008, Zimbabwe went through a serious economic meltdown. …

Alumni Update: Ransi Karunarathna, Sri Lanka

Alumni Update: Ransi Karunarathna, Sri Lanka

The Global UGRAD Program was a transformative experience, because I had the chance to explore U.S. diversity and culture. For me, traveling is more than simply seeing another place; it is an opportunity to learn about and reflect on my experiences. Although I have traveled to and studied in many international cities, the United Nations headquarter in New York City …

Global UGRAD Students Celebrate Black History

Global UGRAD Students Celebrate Black History

With the start of Black History Month this February, we asked Global UGRAD participants to reflect on their experiences learning about African American history and culture while in the United States. Check out a sampling of these reflections below: Worawit Dumklang, Thailand, Maryville College On January 20th, 2020, I attended a silent march as a part of the Martin Luther …

Alumni Update: Fabiola Castillo, Nicaragua

Alumni Update: Fabiola Castillo, Nicaragua

Thinking that it is 2020 already still impresses me. I turn back and realize it’s been two years now since my experience as an exchange student in the United States with the Global UGRAD Program and many things have changed since then. In 2018, I came back to my country full of new ideas and motivation. After finishing my degree …