April Social Media Challenge: #EarthDayChallenge

April Social Media Challenge: #EarthDayChallenge

Did you know that about one billion people take part in Earth Day activities around the world every year? No matter where we live, the Earth is something we all have in common. During the month of April, we launched a social media challenge asking Global UGRADs to share what the environment means to them and what they are doing …

March Online Engagement: Alumni Q&A Panels and Academic Writing

March Online Engagement: Alumni Q&A Panels and Academic Writing

This March, the Global UGRAD team dove deeper into the academic world with the introduction of two new activities in our spring virtual programming: our Alumni Q&A Panels and Professional Development series. For our first installment of the Alumni Q&A Panel, Global UGRAD alumni shared their experiences on the subject of All Things Academics! Next, the topic of this month’s edition of …

February Social Media Challenge: #MyIdentity

February Social Media Challenge: #MyIdentity

Continuing with our monthly social media challenges, we recently asked the incoming Global UGRADs to share with us a little about themselves in the #MyIdentity challenge. We’ve spotlighted a few entries below so that you can learn more about who our Global UGRADs are and where they come from, too! The world is full of colors and hues that every …

From Where I Stand: December 2020 Edition

From Where I Stand: December 2020 Edition

Augusto Barón, Honduras, West Virginia University, Global UGRAD 2017-2018 Back when I returned to my country, I was just in time to retake my university duties. Quite literally, the next day after my landing I was in a health clinic working. Back to the old grind, but with fresh perspectives on what I could do and would do. A mindset …

Virtual Celebrations, Networking in Azerbaijan

Virtual Celebrations, Networking in Azerbaijan

Last week the U.S. Embassy in Azerbaijan brought together over 150 alumni of various exchange programs (including Global UGRAD) at the virtual Annual U.S. Alumni Reception. They celebrated another successful year of State Department-supported exchange programs and welcomed a new cohort of alumni. The gathering also highlighted the individual accomplishments of U.S. alumni recorded in 2020, as well as the projects …

From Where I Stand: September 2020 Edition

From Where I Stand: September 2020 Edition

Last month, we published the first part of the 2020 From Where I Stand series. This annual project highlights the achievements of alumni since completing the Global UGRAD Program. If you missed last month’s edition, you can still find it here. We’re excited to share even more stories below! Gabriela Elizabeth Guzman Sanchez, Guatemala, Rochester Institute of Technology, Global UGRAD …

Global UGRADs Take the Stage (Virtually)

Global UGRADs Take the Stage (Virtually)

Presenting spring 2020’s edition of Take the Stage! While we were unable to host our biannual Take the Stage show in person this year, some of our talented spring participants submitted videos of their performances representing their home countries and cultures. Check out this video compilation to see this past semester’s performances: In Order of Appearance Tajikistan: Sitora Sufijinova, Alisher Siddiqov, …