Upcoming Events

NAFSA 2017 Annual Conference and Expo, Expanding Community Strengthening Connections Presenter

Equalizing the Field at NAFSA

05/30/2017 - 06/02/2017

For many years now education has been viewed as a tool to level the playing field between the haves and have-nots, between elites and groups which have been traditionally marginalized. The idea is that if you give people with disadvantages a hand up, they will turn around and pay it forward in their communities.

Illustration of Golden Gate Bridge with two women with disabilities holding hands in front of it. The test says WILD San Francisco June 2-3, 2017. The MIUSA logo is in the upper lefthand corner.

WILD - San Francisco

06/02/2017 - 06/03/2017

Fifteen young women with disabilities from the San Francisco Bay Area will convene for an intensive, two-day training. The training is designed to increase leadership skills and disability pride, as well as explore opportunities to launch an international career. Following the training, MIUSA will provide stipends for graduates to multiply the impact of the workshop by conducting one two-hour session for other girls and women (with and without disabilities) in their communities.

Three portraits of women: a woman in profile in black and white; a woman holding sign for "I Love You" and wearing colorful garment; a woman making victorious gesture

Brilliant and Resilient Portraits on Exhibit Summer 2017

06/10/2017 - 08/27/2017

This summer, the University of Oregon's Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (JSMA) in Eugene, Oregon will exhibit "Brilliant and Resilient: Celebrating the Power of Disabled Women Activists."

The Brilliant and Resilient photo exhibit features a collection of professional images by world-renowned photographers and personal stories of an unparalleled group of women representing a variety of cultures, countries and disabilities. All are alumni of MIUSA's Women's Institute on Leadership and Disability (WILD). These emerging and established leaders have used determination, drive, and resilience to confront discrimination and make unique contributions in their communities and in the world.

The exhibit is photographed by Brian Lanker, Darcy Kiefel, and Paola Gianturco. View the slideshow at the bottom of this page for a glimpse of select portraits.

Blind man presenting in front of slideshow holding a cane

Getting AHEAD through International Exchange

07/17/2017 - 07/22/2017

In order to achieve equity in higher education, we must make sure that all opportunities are available to everyone regardless of disability or other characteristics. Join the 2017 AHEAD conference this July for a week in Orlando, Florida, where you can attend three sessions presented by Mobility International USA's Project Coordinator, Justin Harford, and other higher education colleagues.

Past Events

Seven people with different disabilities stand and sit in a conference room with the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights sign in the background

Strengthening Implementation and Enforcement of Disability Rights Laws in Peru

05/02/2017 - 05/06/2017

As the first Latin American country to ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and Optional Protocol (in 2008), Peru is often held up as an example by other countries in the region. In December 2012, Peru passed the General Law on Persons with Disabilities (No. 29973), which is considered closely in line with the CRPD.

Men and women holding a sign with Fulbright logo

Fulbright Webinar for Scholars with Disabilities

04/24/2017

Did you know that the Core Fulbright Scholar Program offers over 500 teaching, research or combination teaching/research awards in over 125 countries? Opportunities are available for U.S. college and university faculty and administrators as well as for professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, independent scholars and many others. Furthermore, people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Pakistani delegation stand outside the Ed Roberts Campus

Supporting Champions for Inclusion in Pakistan

04/16/2017 - 04/28/2017

For two weeks in April 2017, ten professional leaders and policy-makers with and without disabilities from Pakistan convened in Eugene, Oregon and Berkeley, California, for the U.S./Pakistan Disability Policy Professional Exchange Program. The intensive 13-day program empowered people with disabilities, and their allies in government and civil society, to implement and enforce the rights of persons with disabilities in Pakistan. 

Crowd of over 20 young people, mostly non-disabled. Among them is a young man who uses a power wheelchair and his service dog.

"Championing Inclusion" at the Forum on Education Abroad

03/29/2017 - 03/31/2017

Students with disabilities are among those diverse groups of students who continue to be either underrepresented or underserved in education abroad, while at the same time data from the Institute of International Education’s (IIE) most recent Open Doors Survey indicate an increase in their numbers compared to previous years. In response to these trends, several institutions, organizations, and individuals are taking innovative approaches to championing disability inclusion, recognizing and valuing disability as part of diversity.

Photo exhibit attendees view the exhibition

Brilliant & Resilient Photo Exhibit in Panama

03/23/2017

The celebration of women leaders with disabilities and the international traveling exhibit will feature portraits and vignettes of 30 women activists with disabilities from around the world.

The exhibition will be a space to promote networking and partnerships between women leaders with disabilities, human rights, development, and government agencies. The event will also include, as featured presenters, 25 women leaders with disabilities from throughout the country, who will be participating in the Women's Institute on Leadership and Disability (WILD) - Panama. 

Full room of people at TESOL meet-up on disability inclusion.

Addressing Access to English as a Second or Foreign Language (ESL/EFL)

03/21/2017 - 03/24/2017

As the largest organization for English language educators, TESOL International Association hosts more than 6,500 people annually from around the world at its convention. Educators at all levels attend to exchange ideas and connect with a dynamic professional community.

The NCDE has launched the #AccessLanguages campaign to encourage more people with disabilities to learn and teach a foreign language abroad, including ESL/EFL.

On an excursion in Spain - a group of American students from diverse racial/ethnic and disability backgrounds

Understanding Disability through a Diversity and Intercultural Lens

03/20/2017 - 03/22/2017

Disability is often misunderstood on a deeper level by people who are otherwise knowledgeable of diversity issues.

Co-moderators of this interactive session will dive right into intercultural exercises that will help to make visible some of the hidden assumptions that people make about people with disabilities, and then discuss the underlying values, such as paternalism, that drive these perceptions. Different models of disability will be shown and explained to aid in a shift in thinking.

Group of a dozen or so professionals seated around square formation of tables. A person in the foreground uses manual wheelchair.

Roundtable Consortium on International Exchange and Disability

02/27/2017

To increase the number of people with disabilities involved in international exchange, study abroad, research and volunteer service overseas, we count on the guidance and support of advocates in the fields of international exchange and disability rights and services. That's why MIUSA co-leads the National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange (NCDE) Roundtable Consortium along with NCDE's sponsor, the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

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Civic Education Workshop

02/26/2017 - 03/04/2017

In February, MIUSA joined high school exchange students currently in the United States on the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program in Washington, DC, for the Civic Education Workshop (CEW).

Group of youth sitting in a meeting

ECA Youth Programs Annual Meeting

02/09/2017 - 02/10/2017

At the annual meeting of the Youth Programs Division of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, MIUSA joined representatives of international exchange organizations to discuss trends and best practices in sponsored youth programs, including the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) and Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) programs.

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