Study of the U.S. Institutes
Each summer, the Mansfield Center of the University of Montana hosts a project of the U.S. Department of State: The Study of the U.S. Institute on Global Environmental Issues for 20 undergraduate students from Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Burma, and Thailand. Starting in 2014, the name of this program has been changed to the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Institute on Environmental Issues, a program of the Study of the U.S. Institute. The program is arranged by experts in environmental issues, using their background living and working in Southeast Asia to recognize prospective cultural implications. Dr. Len Broberg, chair of the environmental studies department, leads the program and the Mansfield Center manages it.
After their orientation to Missoula, participating Southeast Asian students engage in environmental classes, hands-on field work in Montana and Washington, D.C., leadership building seminars, and out-door adventures like rafting while learning more about the U.S. and U.S. culture. UM Student Leader Partners join them for many of these courses, showing participants what they love about Missoula while learning more about their home countries.