Upcoming Events

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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.

MIUSA CEO and wheelchair rider, Susan Sygall, smiles next to EducationUSA banner.

Pathways to Inclusion at EducationUSA Forum 2017

07/31/2017 - 08/02/2017

EducationUSA is one of the most critical resources for international students seeking information on higher education opportunities in the United States.  It is a U.S. Department of State network of over 400 international student advising centers in more than 170 countries!  

The EducationUSA Forum is designed for professionals at accredited U.S. colleges and universities seeking to recruit, enroll, and support international students. 

Past Events

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InterAction Forum and Board Meeting, 2017

06/19/2017 - 06/22/2017

The 2017 InterAction Forum will bring together over 1000 NGO professionals from across the globe. If you will be one of them, there will be several ways you can interact with MIUSA staff during this invigorating week.

Attend our breakout session

Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 3:15 - 4:45 pm

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.

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

Fourteen young women with disabilities from the San Francisco Bay Area convened for an intensive, two-day training. The training was designed to increase leadership skills and disability pride, as well as explore opportunities to launch an international career. Following the training, MIUSA is providing 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.

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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.

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.

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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. 

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