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Friday, March 16 • 10:30am - 11:30am
Career Preparation through Virtual Exchange: Student Voices from Stevens Initiative Programs

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More and more jobs require collaboration with colleagues or clients thousands of miles away, yet the vast majority of young people are hardly getting the exposure they need to understand and navigate a tumultuous world. By the time they complete their education, most young people do not have the international exposure they need to understand and thrive in an increasingly interconnected world. A very small minority of young people study abroad as part of their secondary or post-secondary education, so they are left to form their perspectives about people from other places and backgrounds through mainstream and social media, which often reinforce stereotypes.
The Stevens Initiative, an international effort to greatly expand access to virtual exchange, has made grants to organizations to implement a variety of exchange programs between the United States and the Middle East and North Africa. This panel will feature student participants from a variety of grantee programs, and will explore students’ varied experiences. Students will share stories from their program, and describe the impact that the international experience had on them. The audience will hear what students have learned and the skills that they have gained through collaborating across cultures, how virtual exchange has helped to prepare them for their careers, and how virtual exchange programs can be expanded and improved to benefit more young people.


Andie Shafer

Program Associate, Stevens Initiative, Stevens Initiative
Andie Shafer is the Program Associate at the Stevens Initiative. In her role, Andie oversees the programmatic components of the Initiative’s 23 grants to organizations implementing virtual exchange programs. Before joining the Initiative, she served with the Aspen Institute’s... Read More →

Friday March 16, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am EDT
Amphitheater FIT Conference Center