President Adam Weinberg: Looking Back, Looking Forward

World Learning President and CEO, Adam Weinberg

In preparation for the exciting developments ahead in 2010, World Learning, SIT Graduate Institute’s parent NGO, recently unveiled a newly-refined mission statement:

World Learning works globally to enhance the capacity and commitment of individuals, institutions and communities to create a more peaceful and just world.

For more than 75 years, we have been committed to creating a more peaceful and just world through education, training and exchange programs. In the New Year, we will work in more than 80 countries. In each of these places, we will run programs that bridge cultures and transform lives in ways that help people gain a deeper understanding of themselves, their society, and the world.

As generations of participants know from experience, there is nothing like a World Learning program. Our mission-driven focus ensures that we run programs at the absolute highest quality with integrity, passion, and the commitment to shaping a better future. Our programs and people are not constrained by political borders, cultural differences, or geographical boundaries. We are a global community of people with a commitment to a common humanity. With hope and optimism, our programs demonstrate that people of good will can be a powerful light that helps others see the world as it could be and that commits people to creating that world.

Join me in taking a deeper look at some of the stories that shaped the World Learning community in 2009:

  • World Learning mobilizes local communities in Ethiopia to curb the spread of HIV/AIDS and mitigate its impact on families. View a video of one of our projects with children affected by HIV/AIDS.
  • World Learning hosted an Iraqi Young Leaders Program this past summer. The program illustrates how international exchange breaks down global barriers to peace and understanding. Watch a CNN story on the program.
  • This fall, World Learning announced the Alice Rowan Swanson Fellowship which allows SIT Study Abroad alums to return to their host country to engage in human rights work. Read more about Alice and the fellowship and about the first recipient, Michelle Eilers.
  • Michael Roberts, a current SIT Graduate student, Experiment group leader and SIT Study Abroad alum, captures the personal impact that our programs have on participants in his digital story from Mongolia.

Thank you.  I look forward to the New Year.

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