#EoPinDC: Global UGRAD Fall End-of-Program Summit

Last month, 117 students from over 60 countries and 70 universities around the U.S. assembled in Washington for this semester’s End-of-Program Summit. From November 11-15th, they worked together to sharpen their leadership capabilities, expand their professional skills, brainstorm strategies to cope with reverse culture shock, and learn how to become active and engaged alumni of the U.S. Department of State. In addition, they formed stronger connections as a cohort – though they had been in communication virtually even before arriving in the United States, the workshop was the first time for everyone to meet in person! As one participant commented, “Every participant had a story to tell that was unique. I loved the diversity of our group. I believe one day… we will unite and take actions toward global issues for the benefit of our communities.”

As World Learning staff, it’s always inspirational to spend time in-person with these outstanding young leaders, but particularly as they prepare to transition home and begin the next phase of their journey as Global UGRAD alumni. Throughout our few days together, we were impressed by this cohort’s maturity, focus, and presence during each one of our sessions. We can’t wait to see where the journey will lead them next!

Check out the photo gallery below to see some of our favorite workshop moments – including candid moments and student performances during the culminating “Take the Stage” event.