Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative
Farewell YSEALI 2017!
Kennesaw State University wants to say thank you to the Winter 2017 YSEALI Fellows
who made the Institute a success. Fellow Theo Soukotta created the following video
commemorating his YSEALI experience, which highlights how much he and his fellows
experienced during their time in the United States.
Launched in 2013, YSEALI is the U.S. government’s signature program to strengthen
leadership development and networking in Southeast Asia. Through a variety of programs
and engagements, including U.S. educational and cultural exchanges, regional exchanges,
and seed funding, YSEALI seeks to build the leadership capabilities of youth in the
region, strengthen ties between the U.S. and Southeast Asia, and nurture an ASEAN
community. For more information about the program, visit the YSEALI Homepage.
The YSEALI Academic Fellows Program brings undergraduates or recently graduated students
between the ages of 18 and 25 to the U.S. for a five-week institute held on the campus
of a U.S. college or university. Each five-week institute covers a YSEALI theme, which
include civic engagement, environment and natural resources management, and entrepreneurship
and economic development. Learn more about the YSEALI Academic Fellows Program.
Institute on Civil Engagement
Kennesaw State University (KSU) is hosting a YSEALI Academic Fellows Institute on
Civic Engagement titled Advancing International Civil and Human Rights Through Civic Engagement.
This five-week, intensive program consists of a four-week academic residency on KSU’s
campus examining civil and human rights through the lens of the U.S. civil rights
movement, and a one-week educational study tour examining present-day international
civil and human rights issues including immigration issues, diversity and inclusion,
women’s rights, and GLBTIQ issues.
The four-week academic residency will include:
- 5 class modules on international civil and human rights, peace studies, social entrepreneurship,
conflict management, and cultivating a global intellect, totaling 51 hours of instruction;
- 16 hours of leadership and ethics training;
- 16 hours of hands-on community service;
- Biweekly guest speakers;
- Visits to metro Atlanta cultural sites; and
- A weekend visit to Selma and Birmingham, AL.
Fellows will have the opportunity to meet and interact with KSU students through joint
classes, as well as with the broader metro Atlanta community through dinners and other
The educational study tour will visit Miami, FL to examine immigration issues and
disability rights; Charleston, SC to learn about the Gullah Geechee culture, a tradition
first shaped by captive Africans brought to the southern U.S. from West Africa and
continued in later generations by their descendants; and Washington, DC to examine
women’s rights and GLBTIQ issues.
Fellows will also develop and implement service projects for their home communities
with faculty mentorship through a service project development program spanning pre-
and post-Institute activities. This service project development program will culminate
in the submission of project proposals and the award of project mini-grants during
the Institute’s follow-on activities period.
Last, Fellows will have the opportunity to reunite at a Regional Symposium tentatively
being planned in Singapore in May 2017. The Symposium, which will include KSU students
and KSU’s Winter 2016 Fellows, will focus on ASEAN challenges and opportunities, leadership
and professional skills, and relationship-building and networking, in addition to
featuring a keynote theme of environmental leadership in Southeast Asia. Fellows can
anticipate the award of their project mini-grants at the Symposium.
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