Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program

Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program

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Ball State University is one of four universities selected to host the Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program for undergraduate students, a program sponsored by the United States Government that provides six-weeks of leadership training and classroom instruction to 25 talented and dedicated students from Iraq. From July 2-29, 2013, Ball State University will host 25 Iraqi undergraduate students and will consist of classroom instruction, field trips, site visits, community service, leadership training, conflict resolution training, and cultural exchanges.

Students will gain a greater understanding of the major principles defining America, including individual rights, democracy, freedom of expression, religious toleration, equality of opportunity and diversity. The students will have opportunities to interact with Indiana citizens (“Hoosiers”) and students from a variety of backgrounds and to make presentations about Iraq to local community groups, including the Muncie Rotary Club. The program will take advantage of Ball State University’s distinctive strengths in entrepreneurship, community development, voluntary service, experiential learning, international development, American Studies, leadership training, peace and conflict studies and emerging media.