2017 Press Releases
- February 22, 2017
- World Learning Names Sakil Malik Vice President of Global Education
World Learning is pleased to welcome Sakil Malik as the new vice president of Global Education. He brings more than 20 years of experience in international education and project management to the organization.
- January 30, 2017
- Immigration Executive Order Entangles Exchange Programs
On January 27, 2017, President Donald Trump issued an Executive Order banning people from seven Middle-East countries from entering the United States. The 90-day suspension of U.S. visa issuance for these Muslim-majority countries impacts educational and cultural exchange programs, thereby hindering efforts to support our national security through people-to-people diplomacy. The Order authorizes the secretaries of State and Homeland Security to make exceptions when they deem it in the national interest.
- January 17, 2017
- World Learning to Implement STEAM Camp for Girls in Malawi
World Learning will implement the 2017 Women in Science Girls STEAM Camp in partnership with the U.S. Department of State’s Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships, UN Foundation’s Girl Up Initiative, Intel Corporation, Google, and KGaA Darmstadt. The camp will bring about 100 high school girls from across Africa and the United States together in Malawi to explore STEAM fields and access mentorship opportunities and leadership training.
2016 Press Releases
- November 14, 2016
- World Learning Awarded Fulbright Specialist Program
The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and World Learning have entered into a cooperative agreement to administer the Fulbright Specialist Program, which is a component of the Fulbright Program. The Fulbright Specialist Program sends U.S. faculty and professionals to serve as short-term experts at academic and other institutions abroad.
- October 18, 2016
- World Learning Announces 2016 Advancing Leaders Fellows
World Learning has awarded six talented alumni with the 2016 Advancing Leadership Fellowship, which funds social entrepreneurship projects around the globe. The organization will recognize the fellows with a reception in their honor on November 3 at the Rubin Museum in New York City.
- September 22, 2016
- World Learning Launches Project in Support of Mongolia's Young, Emerging Leaders
World Learning officially launched the Leaders Advancing Democracy-Mongolia Project, which supports the country's next generation of democratic leaders, with an event in Ulaanbaatar.
- August 2, 2016
- World Learning Wins Five Telly Awards
Five World Learning videos have earned prestigious Silver and Bronze prizes in the 37th Annual Telly Awards. With more than 13,000 entries from all 50 states and numerous countries, this is truly an honor.
- July 13, 2016
- Carla Lineback Named Director of Alumni Engagement
World Learning is proud to announce Carla Lineback has been named director of alumni engagement. She most recently served as associate dean for academic affairs for the School for International Training. Carla has a strong connection to the organization as her family has been involved with World Learning/SIT for more than 60 years.
- July 5, 2016
- On the Passing of Elie Wiesel
World Learning joins the world in mourning the loss of Elie Wiesel, who survived the Holocaust and dedicated the rest of his life to giving voice to the voiceless and defending human rights.
- June 14, 2016
- World Learning and USAID Launch New Program to Support Democratic Development in Mongolia
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has awarded World Learning a new $2.5 million Mongolian Young Leaders Program. Secretary of State John Kerry announced the program during his June 5 visit to Ulaanbaatar. It supports U.S. Ambassador to Mongolia Jennifer Zimdahl Galt’s initiative to help build the country’s next generation of democratic leaders.
- April 25, 2016
- Statement on the Ecuador earthquake
We at World Learning were deeply saddened by this month’s devastating earthquake in Ecuador. We are grateful and relieved to report that all students, staff and partners of our SIT Study Abroad and The Experiment in International Living programs are unhurt and safe. Our thoughts remain with the many victims and their families.
- April 4, 2016
- World Learning Launches the STEAM Program in Algeria
On April 5, 2016, the U.S. Embassy in Algiers, The Boeing Company, DOW Chemical, Anadarko Petroleum and World Learning will gather with select guests to inaugurate the Algiers STEAM Resource and Training Center—the first of its kind in Algeria.
- April 4, 2016
- World Learning to Receive Grant from the Aspen Institute Stevens Initiative to Administer Virtual Exchange Between High School Youth in Iraq and the United States
The Aspen Institute Stevens Initiative today announced the award of a two-year grant to World Learning, one of 10 new projects funded through a national competition to use virtual exchange to increase cross-cultural understanding and equip young people to participate in a global economy.
- March 29, 2016
- World Learning Hosts 2016 International Women of Courage
World Learning is proud to host the 2016 International Women of Courage as part of an exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. The group of 14 extraordinary women received their awards from Secretary of State John Kerry in a ceremony at the State Department on March 29.
- February 29, 2016
- On the Passing of Ambassador John Reinhardt
We were deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Ambassador John Reinhardt, who served as head of the U.S. Information Agency and was an Experiment in International Living trustee.
- January 22, 2016
- World Learning Announces Senior Leadership Team Changes
World Learning today announced staff changes for several members of its senior leadership team, which will help position the organization for greater growth and impact. Bethaney LaClair was named chief of staff, Rachel Henry will advance to vice president of operations, and Tom Navin will become the vice president for philanthropy and alumni engagement.
- January 12, 2016
- On the Passing of Former Experiment in International Living President Alfredo Perez
World Learning was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of the organization’s former president and CEO Alfredo Perez.
- January 12, 2016
- Carol Jenkins Named President of World Learning
World Learning has named Carol Jenkins as president of World Learning’s global development and exchange programs, overseeing a portfolio with development operations in 22 countries and professional, academic and youth exchanges with more than 140 countries.
2015 Press Releases
- December 3, 2015
- On the Passing of Sandy Berger
We were deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Sandy Berger, former national security advisor to President Bill Clinton. Our hearts go out to his wife, Susan, and his children.
- December 1, 2015
- World Learning Welcomes Confirmation of Gayle Smith as USAID Administrator
World Learning warmly congratulates Gayle E. Smith on her confirmation by the United States Senate as the seventeenth administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
- November 18, 2015
- John Lucas to Step Down as SIT Provost
World Learning announced that John Lucas will step down as provost of the School for International Training (SIT) at the end of the year to become the next president and CEO of International Student Exchange Program, in Virginia.
- November 3, 2015
- New Alice Rowan Swanson Fellow to Address Women's and Girls' Health and Education in India
World Learning and its School for International Training (SIT) congratulates Divya Bhatia, the newest recipient of the Alice Rowan Swanson Fellowship, which returns alumni of its undergraduate study abroad programs to their host countries to conduct human rights projects.
- August 31, 2015
- Major International Development Organizations Recommit to Advancing Democracy Worldwide
Leaders of The Asia Foundation, The Carter Center, Democracy International, Freedom House, IREX, and World Learning met in Washington today to discuss their enhanced cooperation in programs worldwide to advance democratic elections and political transitions.
- August 24, 2015
- SIT Graduate Institute Honors Washington, DC Center Class of 2015
World Learning congratulates SIT Graduate Institute's Washington, DC Center class of 2015, a group of leaders ready to put their knowledge and skills in sustainable development into practice to create positive change at home and abroad.
- June 5, 2015
- SIT Study Abroad and Spelman College Host Summit on Improving Access to Study Abroad for HBCU Students
SIT Study Abroad and Spelman College will host a summit focused on expanding access to high-impact study abroad opportunities for students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities on June 9. The first-of-its-kind event will include representatives from the White House Initiative on HBCUs, the U.S. Department of State, HBCUs and major foundations.
- May 29, 2015
- World Learning’s Global Advisory Council Expands to Include Leading Change Agents
World Learning’s Global Advisory Council is pleased to announce the recent additions of three leading innovators bringing unique experiences in global education and development to the work of the organization: Alex Arriaga, Jeanne Bourgault, and Abby Falik.
- May 27, 2015
- SIT Graduate Institute Honors Class of 2015
World Learning congratulates SIT Graduate Institute’s class of 2015, a group of exceptional individuals poised to use their skills and passion to make positive contributions to communities around the world.
- May 13, 2015
- World Learning Strengthens its Commitment to Reducing its Carbon Footprint
The World Learning Board of Trustees has unanimously voted to strengthen its commitment to reducing the impact of climate change, which disproportionately affects the communities where World Learning works and strives to create a more peaceful and just world. The Board reaffirmed its belief that global climate change is a critical global issue by committing to five new initiatives.
- May 13, 2015
- New Alice Rowan Swanson Fellow Plans to Implement Sexual Health and Well-being Camps for Girls in Uganda
World Learning congratulates Annie Weber, the newest recipient of the Alice Rowan Swanson Fellowship, which returns alumni of its undergraduate study abroad programs to their host countries to conduct human rights projects.
- May 4, 2015
- World Learning President Donald Steinberg Receives Global Impact Award
World Learning President and CEO Donald Steinberg was recognized last week by Futures Without Violence with their 2015 Global Impact Award for his work as an advocate for the rights of women and girls and to reduce gender-based violence globally.
- April 30, 2015
- World Learning Welcomes Nomination of Gayle Smith as USAID Administrator
President Obama has nominated Gayle Smith to head the United States Agency for International Development.
President Obama said he was “proud” to nominate Smith for the position and noted the vital role she has played in international development.
- April 9, 2015
- President Obama’s Visit to Jamaica: An Opportunity for Youth Civic Engagement
President Obama’s visit to Jamaica during April 8–9, 2015 marks a crucial event. Not only is this the first presidential trip to Jamaica since 1982, but with the visit comes the opportunity for the nation to discuss the ways in which youth civic engagement can be an enabler for political, social and economic participation, as well as to examine current opportunities and challenges for youth development.
- February 18, 2015
- New Alice Rowan Swanson Fellow Plans to Create Clean Energy From Waste in Mongolia
World Learning congratulates Charlotte Munson, the newest recipient of the Alice Rowan Swanson Fellowship, which returns alumni of its undergraduate study abroad programs to their host countries to conduct human rights projects.
- January 16, 2015
- SIT Graduate Institute Welcomes Visiting Scholar Chen Jianrong
SIT Graduate Institute’s Vermont campus is pleased to welcome Chen Jianrong from Jinan University in Guangzhou, China, as visiting scholar of Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation from February 2015 through January 2016.
- January 16, 2015
- Daniel Cantor Yalowitz Named Vice Provost and Dean of SIT Graduate Institute
SIT Graduate Institute is proud to announce that Daniel Cantor Yalowitz, Ed.D., has been appointed vice provost of graduate education and dean of SIT Graduate Institute. He previously served as dean of SIT Graduate Institute’s Vermont Campus.
- January 16, 2015
- World Deborah Robinson Appointed Academic Director of SIT Graduate Institute Washington, DC Center
SIT Graduate Institute is proud to announce Deborah Robinson, Ph.D., has been appointed academic director for the Washington, DC Center.
- January 14, 2015
- The Experiment in International Living Launches Netherlands Program on LGBTQ Issues
This summer, The Experiment in International Living will launch a new program for high school students on LGBTQ and gender issues in the Netherlands. The ground-breaking program will provide an immersive experience while building an understanding of how the Dutch approach issues of gender, sexuality, and LGBTQ rights.