UVA Center for Politics Hosts Virtual Exchange for 120 Iraqi and UVA Undergraduate Students
(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) – Today, Monday, July 26, the University of Virginia Center for Politics kicked off the virtual 2020/2021 Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program for Undergraduate Students (IYLEP). The exchange, which will continue through Aug. 22, is hosted in partnership with World Learning and is sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. It includes approximately 60 undergraduate students from across Iraq and 60 UVA students. The majority of UVA students are also participants in this summer’s ongoing 22nd Century Scholars program.
The IYLEP will be the 31st exchange group hosted by the Center for Politics’ Global Perspectives on Democracy program. The Iraqi participants will receive training to enhance their leadership and civic engagement skills and will be joined by the UVA students for peer-to-peer activities meant to share experiences and establish lasting bonds.
The Center for Politics’ Global Perspectives on Democracy program fosters dialogue between the United States and other countries through public events and international exchanges. Visit www.centerforpolitics.org/gpd.html for more information about GPD programming. For more information about the IYLEP, contact Daman Irby at 434-981-7965 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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“This innovative program is in keeping with the University of Virginia’s long history of developing leaders in government and politics,” said Larry J. Sabato, Director of the Center for Politics. “And I’m delighted that so many of our exceptional University alumni have stepped forward to serve as mentors to these students. This not only bolsters the students’ understanding of what it means to be a public servant, but it also strengthens UVA’s intergenerational connections.”
The 22nd Century Scholars Program is made possible through funding from the Jefferson Trust, the Larry J. Sabato Foundation, and the Peter and Eaddo Kiernan Foundation with additional support from Sonja Hoel Perkins, McGuireWoods Consulting, Michael Greenwald, Larry Schack and Katie Shaw, Erik Hirsch, and many other generous donors.