SUSI students from Bolivia giving a presentation at the UofA


SUSI Program


The Study of the US Institute (SUSI), under the direction of Dr. Vasquez-Leon (LAS Director) and Dr. Arenas (College of Education) brings Indigenous and Afro-descendant student leaders from Latin America for a 5-week certificate program sponsored by the US State Department. Students learn about civil rights in the US, Native American tribes in Arizona, participate in leadership for peace workshops and hands-on training in sustainable technologies.


Graduate and undergraduate students from the LAS and Education departments act as peer mentors and cultural liasons for the visiting students. Spanish skills are required as well as the possibility of bringing two or three SUSI students to meet mentor families during one weekend. If you are interested in becoming a peer mentor for the summer 2016 institute (which begins in early July), contact Dr. Jesus Acosta, program coordinator, at or Dr. Vasquez-Leon at