Welcome to SUSI on Entrepreneurship and Economic Development at UTC

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The Study of the U.S. Institutes for Student Leaders from Europe (SUSI) is a program funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, administered by FHI 360, in partnership with the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

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Welcome to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga!

Center for Global Education is the central office that will assist you during your time at UTC. This website has been prepared to introduce you to the SUSI on Entrepreneurship and Economic Development at UTC, the host university, the city of Chattanooga and to the resources available to support you during your time at UTC.


SUSI 2019

SUSI on Entrepreneurship and Economic Development at UTC

The Study of U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Student Leaders from Europe, sponsored by the Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), and administered by FHI 360, is an intensive academic program for undergraduate students from Europe.  Institutes, which are hosted by universities across the U.S., focus on a theme and its expression in contemporary American life as shaped by historical and current political, social, and economic issues. The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga has been selected to host the Entrepreneurship and Economic Development Institute. 

Pre-departure material: coming soon 

Entrepreneurship and Economic Development. The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga will provide a launching pad for the next generation of entrepreneurial ideas that change minds, influence processes, positively change the world through the exploration of economic development and entrepreneurship, across the economic, cultural and geographic landscapes. The University will expose participants to current themes in studies of economic development and entrepreneurship including leadership in community development. The issues will be explored from numerous angles: local grassroots activism and civic initiatives, market-oriented approaches, and federal government policies and regulation. The Institute will explore economic development and entrepreneurship in the context of a globalized society, and draw comparisons between the United States and the participants’ home countries. The Institute will also provide opportunities for participants to engage with policy makers, individuals in technical positions, community representatives, indigenous leaders, and other key actors committed to the promotion and management of social entrepreneurship.

The countries represented include: the Netherlands, Norway, Czech Republic, Russia, France, Spain, Moldova, Ukraine, Iceland, Cyprus, Finland, Romania, Lithuania, Estonia, Sweden, Portugal, Latvia 

Program Dates: Saturday, July 6th, 2019 to Saturday, August 10th, 2019

Program Information

  • Week 1: Economic Development and Entrepreneurship
  • Week 2: Entrepreneurial Engagement Sessions
  • Week 3: Networking with veterans enrolled in the Veterans Entrepreneurship Program at UTC
  • Week 4: Leadership in Economic Development
  • Week 5: Study Tour in New York – FHI 360 Capstone Seminar in Washington, D.C.

Entrepreneurial Engagements

  • CO.LAB and The Edney Center
  • EPB
  • INCubator
  • Mad Priest Coffee
  • The JumpFund
  • Chattanooga Football Club (CFC)

Community Service Engagements

  • Boys & Girls Club of Chattanooga
  • Northside Neighborhood House
  • Chattanooga Food Bank

Day Trips

Homestay Experience

  • July 13th & 14th

Staff Contact Information

Academic Instructors

 Student Mentors - learn more about them here. 

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Abdul Alenezi

is an electrical engineering major and is a senior. He was born and raised in Arar, Saudi Arabia, and he is fluent in Arabic. He likes to hike, play soccer, workout, jog, hang out with friends, and meet new people. He also loves deep conversations. He goals this year are to graduate a semester early and educate himself more. He is scared of cats, but not dogs, and he loves swimming, even though  he doesn't know how to. 

 

 

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Cole Hickman

is 21 years old and looks like Bob Ross (the artist), and he is studying Marketing.  His favorite hobby is driving or doing anything involving cars. He also plays a lot of video games, watches a lot of movies, and looks at a lot of memes. He really loves traveling, experiencing other cultures, and making new friends. He has been told that he is very friendly, so be warned that you will probably become friends with him whether you like it or not. Also, he cannot tell you why, but it is in your best interest to know about the 19th President of the United States of America. You can thank him later. 

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Lucas Thompson

is a marketing and creative writing student at UTC. He moved to Chattanooga from Michigan a few years ago, and he'd do it again in a heartbeat. The city's so beautiful! There's a local marketing agency down town he really wants to work for, and it's his dream to be an author on the side. During every vacation he can get, he's  going to hop around the world--especially Europe and East Asia--and sample every food he sees. He love trying new foods, especially from other countries. If you've got any good or crazy ones from yours, he'd love to try them. 

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 Lisette "Lis" Perez

 

is an upcoming Junior at UTC and is a Marketing major. She works with ThinkAchive on campus. In her free time she likes to read books and walk her dogs. A fun fact about her is that she has dual citizenship, Mexican and American. 

 

 

 

  

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Bailey Davidson

is a senior at UTC studying Spanish with a minor in International Studies. She loves hiking (there are some beautiful places to hike in Chattanooga),  binge watching Game of Thrones, and she really loves painting. She's a big fan of cheesy movies, chips and queso, and horrible puns. A fun fact about her is that she just returned from spending an academic year of studying abroad in Spain. 

 


SUSI Mentor Application: Summer 2019 

The Study of U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Student Leaders from Europe, funded by the Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and administered by international development organization FHI 360, enables three cohorts of twenty-three (23) European undergraduate students to attend intensive academic programs at three U.S. host institutions.

Each student participates in a five-week program that includes classroom instruction and other unique educational opportunities related to civic engagement, environmental issues, or social entrepreneurship. Each host institution focuses on one of these themes and its expression in contemporary American life as shaped by past and present political, social, and economic issues. For the third consecutive year, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga has been selected to present the social entrepreneurship theme.  

With that said, the Center for Global Education is searching for program mentors. Mentors serve in a variety of capacities throughout the SUSI program. They are integral to its functioning, maintaining direct contact with the SUSI students daily. All interested students should apply.

Refer to section below (SUSI 2017) for more details on the program.

Step 1: Submit an application

Applications take time, so avoid doing this at the last minute. You should plan to spend at least 30 minutes on your application. You will be asked to list your community involvement, provide two professional references, and respond to a variety of short-answer questions. You should ask your references for permission prior to listing them.

Step 2: Notify references

Once you have submitted your application, we ask that you inform your references that you have listed them on your application. Let them know that they will receive either an email or a phone call.

Step 3: Interviews

Once applications close, a selection committee will review the applicants and select a group for participation in individual interviews. If you are selected, you will receive an email with a link to sign up for an interview time. Interviews will take place in 20-minute time blocks.

Note: No applicant is guaranteed an interview.

Step 4: Selection

After interviews are complete, the selection committee will select the most qualified mentors for the SUSI program. You will be contacted by email or phone regardless of whether or not you receive a mentor position.

 

Compensation: between $1,000-$1,500 for the program period (6/18-7/27)

Regular hours of work: between 12pm (noon)- 6pm * and all Saturdays between 6/30-7/21

*Mentors might be required to work some early hours and late evenings as well

If you have any questions, please contact Patricia Lin-Steadman at patricia-lin-steadman@utc.edu


SUSI 2017

For Information about SUSI 2017, please refer to the tab below:

SUSI on Social Entrepreneurship at UTC

The Study of U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Student Leaders from Europe, sponsored by the Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), and administered by FHI 360, is an intensive academic program for undergraduate students from Europe.  Institutes, which are hosted by universities across the U.S., focus on a theme and its expression in contemporary American life as shaped by historical and current political, social, and economic issues. The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga has been selected to host the Social Entrepreneurship Institute. 

Pre-departure material available here.

Social Entrepreneurship. The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga will provide a launching pad for the next generation of entrepreneurial ideas that change minds, influence processes, positively change the world through the exploration of social entrepreneurship, across the socio-economic, cultural and geographic landscapes. The University will expose participants to current themes in studies of social entrepreneurship, including social justice, diversity, American intercultural studies, and leadership in community development. The issues will be explored from numerous angles: local grassroots activism and civic initiatives, market-oriented approaches, and federal government policies and regulation. The Institute will explore social entrepreneurship in the context of a globalized society, and draw comparisons between the United States and the participants’ home countries. The Institute will also provide opportunities for participants to engage with policy makers, individuals in technical positions, community representatives, indigenous leaders, and other key actors committed to the promotion and management of social entrepreneurship.

The countries represented include: Belarus, Cyprus, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, and Ukraine.

Program Dates: from Wednesday, June 28, 2017 to Wednesday, August 2, 2017.

Program calendar available here.

Program Information

  • Week 1: Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship
  • Week 2: American Intercultural Studies in Business 
  • Week 3: Management and Diversity
  • Week 4: Study Tour in New York – FHI 360 Capstone Seminar in Washington, D.C

Entrepreneurial Engagements

  • River City Company
  • CO.LAB and The Edney Center
  • INCubator
  • The JumpFund
  • Causeway

Day Trips

Staff Contact Information

Academic Instructors

 Student Mentors - learn more about them here

  • Abdul Alenezi
  • Rhys Cooper
  • Thomas Davis
  • Jessica Neill
  • Will Patterson
  • April Shaw

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The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is a national model for metropolitan universities. In collaboration with our many regional partners, we offer our students an experiential learning environment graced with outstanding teaching scholars in bachelor's, master's, and doctoral programs. 

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 The Study of U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Student Leaders from Europe is funded by the Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), and administered by FHI 360.