The USA Study Abroad branch of the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) selected Michele Petrucci from the Office of International Education to speak with international education audiences in Tanzania (Arusha, Karatu, and Dar es Salaam) during November 2018.
ECA’s Study Abroad Engagement Grants support US embassies and Fulbright Commissions in their efforts to coordinate with local partners in building capacity for diverse US students to study or intern in destinations around the world.
Michele was selected after a national call was publicized to senior international educators across the United States, and, while in country, she conducted four workshops plus consultations and meetings with the Consular Affairs Section, Regional English
Language Officers, and the acting ambassador.
Michele was also able to spend a day with Tanzanian alums of the International Leaders in Education Program, a program funded by ECA, administered by IREX, and hosted at IUP by Lara Luetkehans and Michele for three years. Michele engaged with the alumni
during a day workshop focused on English education and professional development opportunities within Tanzania as well as ways to maintain engagement with the United States. Michele was especially delighted to spend time with two IUP ILEP alumni, Oliver
Stephen Kimathi (’18) and Avith Kalima (’18).