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Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI)

YSEALI Institute on Civic Engagement
Leading and Organizing for Change in Southeast Asia

YSEALI Institute on Civic EngagementFrom September 7 to October 13, 2017, the Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS) and the Center for Black Studies will host a YSEALI Academic Fellowship Institute from Southeast Asia on Civic Engagement, Leading and Organizing for Change in Southeast Asia. This five-week U.S. State Department-funded institute engages 21 YSEALI fellows from ASEAN member states and focuses on civic engagement from historical and contemporary perspectives. These YSEALI fellows will learn about important social movements in the U.S., including civil, labor, women’s and disability rights movements. They will also learn about the events, methods and ideas that shaped these movements, as well as develop the skills to organize at a community level and to advocate and act for societal transformation. YSEALI fellows will develop specific action plans to implement upon their return to their home countries.

The program is also an opportunity for NIU students to have a lasting impact on Southeast Asia through sharing their experiences and skills in civic engagement. As in the U.S., ASEAN nations continue to struggle with minority rights, labor rights and safety and rights of persons with disabilities.

We invite you to spend time with the YSEALI fellows to learn about a region of growing global importance, discuss challenging issues facing the world today and to act as ambassadors for NIU and the U.S.