Northern Nevada International Center Awarded $1.2 million to Honor Legacy of Late Senator John McCain | Local News

The University of Nevada, Reno’s Northern Nevada International Center (NNIC), a non-profit, leading global engagement for Nevada, has received a new grant from the United States Department of State that will allow the organization to recruit participants in the US Institutes study ( SUSI) for the Global Student Leaders program beginning in 2023-2025.

The grant totals $1.2 million, which will be returned to the northern Nevada community for the special three-year program. It is the largest grant the nonprofit organization has received.

Through SUSI, students travel from their home countries to northern Nevada where they connect with institutions focused on the United States justice system, community-based service centers, and local or state offices. Honoring the late Arizona United States Senator John McCain (regarded by many as a public service legacy who dedicated himself to the betterment of his country through his military and public service), attendees will focus their time on issues related to the rule to study law and public service.

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“Senator McCain has advocated for greater tolerance and equality and has worked to protect freedoms for all,” said Dr. Carina Black, Executive Director at NNIC. “As such, the participants selected in 2023 will be military students from multiple foreign countries committed to serving their local and global communities through the pursuit of justice, tolerance and equality.”

Throughout the duration of each program, students are tutored by university professors from the Judicial Studies and Criminal Justice departments of the College of Liberal Arts to provide an insight into the American justice system. The program will also collaborate with the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California, where students will further develop their leadership skills and commitment to promoting international relations.

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“These partnerships with our colleagues at the University and the Middlebury Institute provide participants with insight into the relationship between Americans and their systems of government, the importance of transparency, fostering an international community and protecting the freedoms for which this country was founded and.” is dedicated,” said Dr. Black.

Program highlights for the next few years include opportunities for participants to:

  • Connect with officials from Northern Nevada and tour government, community-created and regional landmarks.
  • Volunteer with local community organizations to gain an understanding of the network of services available to residents of Northern Nevada.
  • Work with institutions to understand the role of transparency in US law enforcement, judicial, and political systems.
  • Connect with University of Nevada student ambassadors, learn best practices in leadership development, and experience cultural events.
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Select participants will conclude their visit to the United States by liaising with State Department officials in Washington, DC

NNIC administers approximately a dozen international exchange programs annually, including nine exchange programs for youth and established professionals, to foster enhanced relationships between US citizens and residents of other nations.

These programs help to further stimulate interest in international diplomacy and introduce participants to professional contacts, networks and insights, as well as models of government and entrepreneurship around the world.

The Study of US Institutes is a US Department of State program funded by the US Government and administered by the Northern Nevada International Center.

To learn more about the SUSI: Rule of Law and Civil Service program, click here.


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