The US-Russia Social Expertise Exchange is a diverse network of Russian and US social experts and entrepreneurs engaged in a meaningful exchange of ideas and best practices to produce positive change in the lives of citizens in both countries.
SEE is driven by five interconnected components:
Working Groups are the core of SEE. Program participants gather in working groups to determine joint priorities for collaboration and to design and implement innovative projects that bring benefit to the people of Russia and the US. These groups are organized around nine distinct thematic areas: child protection, community development, education and youth, protection of flora and fauna, gender equity, higher education, rule of law and the community, migration, and public health.
An annual conference brings together SEE members to evaluate joint priorities for action and to identify specific means for achieving them.
Every year SEE conducts an open competition for Linkage projects that involve collaborative solutions to issues affecting both countries that tie in with at least one of SEE's Working Group priority areas.
Fellowships are awarded to advanced and emerging social experts, offering the opportunity for a more intensive partnership between the US and Russia through a professional exchange at various host organizations. During their service of up to four weeks, fellows further advance the collaborative activities of SEE’s working groups.
SEE's Steering Committee provides guidance on strategy, principles, and decision-making. Its members, selected for their social sector expertise and international partnership experience, represent foundations, think tanks, educational institutions, NGOs, and commercial entities in both Russia and the US.