Alumni Update: Sarah Najem, Jordan

Alumni Update: Sarah Najem, Jordan

Earlier this summer, I had the privilege to attend the International Conference on Cohesive Societies (ICCS) in Singapore as part of the delegation representing the Ministry of Youth of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. It was a thrilling, enlightening, and a very rewarding experience where I got to gain a tremendous amount of knowledge on interfaith dialogue and social cohesion. …

My Second Family: the Impact of Friendship Families

My Second Family: the Impact of Friendship Families

Many Global UGRAD host universities provide amazing opportunities for Global UGRAD students to engage with their host communities. One such example are friendship family programs, where international students are paired with local families for an exchange of culture, friendship, and fun. Please continue reading to hear more about the positive impact these types of exchanges have on both student and …

Earth Day Photo Story

Earth Day Photo Story

This month, we celebrate Earth Day on April 22nd. Throughout April, we will try to become more aware of our environmental impact and how we can do our part to respect the Earth, appreciate its beauty, and keep it clean for generations to come. To demonstrate our commitment to the Earth, Global UGRAD students submitted photos and short stories of …

El Salvador Alumni Update: Enner Morales

It’s been four years since I finished the Global UGRAD Program, one of the most amazing adventures I could ever dream of. Through this journey, I had not only an academic exchange, but also a life-changing experience that shaped me into the person I am today. During the program I got involved in the Illinois State University (ISU) Leads Leadership …