Youth Ambassadors Visit the United States

CIED’s first program of 2019 was the Youth Ambassadors Spanish-language group. The 43 participants from Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala and Panama participated in a three-week leadership development exchange in the United States from January 22 to February 9. During their time in the U.S., half the group was hosted by WorldChicago (Chicago, IL) and the other half was hosted by Scott Community College (Bettendorf, IA). The Midwestern study tour provided the groups with the opportunity to meet with American organizations working in the areas of environmental protection and social entrepreneurship.

Student Leader Uses Leadership Skills to Promote an Environmentally Sustainable Urban Future in Libya

When Gamaleldin Tarakhan came to the U.S. during the 2017 Student Leaders Program (SLP) at Georgetown University, he was inspired by seeing environmentally sustainable and resource efficient green buildings used in the United States. The new leadership skills he developed during the Student Leader Program strengthened his resolve to improve the field of architecture in his home city of Benghazi, Libya.

The Sower, CASS/SEED Alum protagonist of award-winning documentary

Bartolomé Vázquez is a teacher in a one-room school of indigenous education in the mountains of Chiapas, Mexico, and he knows that pedagogy is not based solely on textbooks and cannot fit behind the four walls of a classroom. A true sower of knowledge, Bartolomé untangles his philosophy and educational method and becomes a beacon of hope for the creation of a humanistic model based on curiosity and love for the outside world.


Over the course of two weeks, English Language Specialist Dr. Paul Kei Matsuda connected with hundreds of English as a Second Language educators who traveled from around Turkey to attend his conference presentations and professional development workshops in four different cities on the topics of academic writing and student motivation. Matsuda’s first stop was the 10th International ELT Research Conference in Antalya in which he delivered a plenary address entitled, “Less is More: How to Minimize Workload and Maximize Student Learning.” Then, in Ankara, Matsuda delivered a plenary address at the 13th METU International ELT Convention in line with the “Teaching Beyond Boundaries” conference theme entitled, “Teaching Beyond: Developing Transferable Writing Proficiency.” He also facilitated a workshop entitled, “Keeping It Simple: Strategies for Effective and Efficient Classroom Writing Assessment.” Next, Matsuda attended the “Pathways that Inspire Us” conference at Sabanci University in Istanbul and delivered a plenary address entitled, “Facilitating Language Development Through Writing.” Lastly, Matsuda visited Anadolu University in Eskisehir in which he delivered workshops entitled “Teaching Writing in Context: Making Writing Assignments Engaging” to the English Language Teaching Department Education Faculty and the School of Foreign Languages. He also led an intensive roundtable discussion with a committee focusing on Assessment in Writing at the School of Foreign Languages.


This summer, CIED conducted a three-week exchange in the Dominican Republic for 29 U.S. Youth Ambassadors (American citizens from 14 states and the District of Columbia). The themes of the program were youth leadership, social entrepreneurship, and environmental protection. CIED partnered with the DREAM Project to develop educational and highly interactive exchange activities. After arriving in the capital of Santo Domingo and meeting with the U.S. Embassy and Peace Corps, participants traveled to the north coast where the spent nine days in the small community of Los Brazos. While there they lived with local families and participated in community service activities that included beautifying the community park and facilitating a summer camp for children and teens.


Gateway to Georgetown hosted a second program in Strategic Communications for graduate students and academics from Chile’s Adolfo Ibáñez University. The program offered 5 days of classes and site visits to organizations in Washington DC, including the Department of State, the American Petroleum Institute, LinkedIn, and Facebook, among others. They visited top rated agencies specialized in the areas of marketing and communications, and they also had the chance to learn directly from outstanding professionals and practitioners who work in the areas of big data, branding, storytelling, and strategic messaging, including former speechwriter for President Bill Clinton, Michael Waldman.


For the last fifteen years, CIED has been in partnership with Universidad Pontificia Comillas to conduct programs each summer. During the second week of June, Gateway to Georgetown hosted a program on International Affairs for graduate students from Madrid, Spain. The two week program included site visits to the Department of State and the Inter-American Development Bank and classes led by Georgetown’s Department of Government, the McCourt School of Public Policy, the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, and the McDonough School of Business.


Gateway to Georgetown held the inaugural Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) 2.0 in collaboration with SNAC International, the leading international trade association for the snack industry. Built upon the widely-attended ELP 1.0, Gateway created a 'next-level' program to continue the professional development journey for the snack industry's rising leaders.
The two-and-a-half daylong seminar was conducted at the Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center from June 27-29, 2018. Forty-one of the snack industry’s emerging leaders participated in the seminar that was led by two professors from Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business (MSB) and the Director of Learning Development for Marriott International. This particular initiative was designed to help SNAC members learn key leadership skills to immediately take their professional development to the next level. The course also fostered networking between industry peers, suppliers and snack producers.

Strategic Communications for Adolfo Ibáñez University – Chile

The Gateway to Georgetown Program was pleased to host a high-level executive program in Strategic Communications for graduate students and academics during the first week of August from Chile’s Adolfo Ibáñez University. The program offered 5 days of classes and site visits to organizations in Washington DC, including the Department of State, the American Petroleum Institute, LinkedIn and Facebook, among others.

CIED hosts Honduran Access students

CIED recently hosted eight Honduran students from the U.S. Department of State English Access Microscholarship Program. Throughout their one week visit to Washington DC area, CIED provided opportunities for the students to learn about U..S. civics and volunteerism.