Projects
The US-Russia Social Expertise Exchange is pleased to announce the launch of its 2017-2018 project competition. Teams composed of at least one US and one Russian organization or higher education institution are invited to propose innovative bilateral initiatives that benefit the people of both countries and address a common issue in one of the two following socially-oriented themes: 1. Hands-on Learning in the Areas of Flora and Fauna; 2. Social Inclusivity for Persons with Disabilities. Full applications are due by 12:00 PM (noon) EST on January 22nd, 2018 (dates are updated).
Projects
A group of elementary school students trudges through the woods and emerge onto the bank of a stream. One of the students grabs a long dipnet and submerges it in the creek while other students peer into the water. They are searching for crayfish, mayflies, nymphs cross-referencing information sheets and trying to identify the critters. While taking part in the collaborative project between Bard College’s Center for Civic Engagement and Astrakhan State University’s Ecology Squad student group, they are learning about the well-being of the natural world around them.
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John Goheen felt it was worth taking advantage of a SEE-supported opportunity for the benefit of both US and Russian media students: "Young people are the future of any country and it is a valued commodity to share knowledge and cultural exchanges. The more the world becomes a global neighborhood, the closer we all become and reap the benefits of having an understanding of one another." Read more of his reflections on his journey to Russia.
Projects
The team of young broadcast journalists from youth television studio Iceberg TV had a long journey behind them. For months, they had desperately wanted to take part in one of the US-Russia Social Expertise Exchange’s student media projects, and had submitted strong entries to past Youth TV Bridge competitions. In early summer 2017, they traveled from Yekaterinburg, Russia to Boston, Massachusetts to begin the first season of SEE’s new Disabilities Partnership TV program.
Fellowships
Veronika Ivanova works as a translator at The Walt Disney Company in Russia, and has been helping her colleagues find a common language. She also ensures that people who speak the same language - but have different abilities - are able to clearly and easily understand each other. Her work as a SEE Independent Professional has helped her implement a project in Russia that makes mainstream movie theaters accessible to people with disabilities.
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Meet the Iceberg TV team from Yekaterinburg, Russia - the Russia-side half of the Disabilities Partnership TV anchor team.
Fellowships
As a SEE Independent Professional, Marina Kozliaeva plans to implement a community-gardening initiative for children with disabilities in Nizhny Novgorod. Ms. Kozliaeva will be traveling to the United States in late July, to engage with organizations and initiatives that advance the inclusion of people with disabilities in community projects – particularly community gardening projects
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As a Project Manager at Russian non-governmental disability organization Perspektiva, Ekaterina has been focusing on assistive technologies in inclusive education for several years. She came to the United States as a SEE Independent Professional to see US practices of inclusive education firsthand, and to exchange expertise and ideas with her American colleagues.