Upcoming Events

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Regional Outreach for Global Impact

11/03/2017 - 11/08/2017

NAFSA's Tri-Regional conference brings together international educators from NAFSA Regions I, II, & IV, covering the Pacific Northwest and Alaska, the Mountain States, and parts of the Midwest, respectively.

Our goals for participating in NAFSA's Tri-Regional conference this year in Denver include reaching international educators who do not attend NAFSA's national conference and bolstering the capacity of international educators at the regional level to be leaders in disability inclusion.

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Turning to Technology for Global Access

11/08/2017 - 11/11/2017

For this year's CIEE annual conference, the theme looks at students today as having been "born digital":

They have never known a world without broadband internet, smartphones, or the ability to reach into their pocket for the answer to almost any question. They are resourceful researchers and future-focused pragmatists who fully expect to be successful on their own terms.

Past Events

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Arrival Orientation for International High School Students

08/11/2017 - 08/16/2017

Twenty-eight international high school exchange students with diverse disabilities traveled to Eugene, Oregon, in August for an orientation prior to the start of their academic year in host communities across the United States.  

The students represented 17 diverse countries and are all recipients of prestigious scholarships from the U.S. Department of State. 

During the MIUSA orientation, students had the opportunity to learn disability rights laws, visit a U.S. high school, try adaptive bicycling, and volunteer with local organizations. 

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. 

Global Perspectives on Independent Living at NCIL

07/24/2017 - 07/27/2017

The National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) called on the disability community - from the U.S. and around the world - to attend its 2017 annual conference in Washington, D.C., centered around the theme "Revolution: A Global Independent Living Movement."

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MIUSA Welcomed a Russian College Student with a Disability to the U.S.

07/23/2017 - 07/27/2017

MIUSA hosted an arrival orientation in July 2017 for a student participating in the Year of Exchange in America for Russians (YEAR) program. She traveled to Eugene, Oregon, before embarking on a year of study at a U.S. university.

The YEAR program provides an opportunity for students to live in the U.S. for a year while learning about American society, educating Americans about Russian history and culture, improving English speaking skills, strengthening knowledge in an academic field, and experiencing immersion in a local community.

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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.

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Supporting Independent Living in Pakistan

07/12/2017 - 07/28/2017

In July 2017, nine men and women with disabilities from Pakistan convened in Eugene, Oregon and Washington, DC, for the U.S./Pakistan Independent Living Exchange program. As disability rights leaders representing Disabled People’s Organizations (DPOs), the delegates were interested in exploring strategies for strengthening the disability rights movement in Pakistan, with a focus on building the Independent Living movement. 

Men and women with disabilities in India gather outdoors for disability rights event

InterAction Forum and Board Meeting, 2017

06/19/2017 - 06/22/2017

The 2017 InterAction Forum brought together over 1000 NGO professionals from across the globe. There were several ways attendees were invited to engage with MIUSA staff during this invigorating week.

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 exhibits "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.

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