Student leader selected for elite U.S.-Russia exchange program

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Student leader selected for elite U.S.-Russia exchange program

Logan Fletcher, University of North Dakota Student Body President, was recently accepted to the Kremlin Fellow Program by the Center for American-Russian Engagement of Emerging Leaders (CAREEL).

Fletcher, White Bear Lake, Minn., a senior in the UND International Studies program, is one of only 15 student leaders selected nationwide to participate in the 2012 summer program, a student exchange sponsored by the Russian Federation's Federal Agency on Youth Affairs.

Fletcher said his selection shows how much UND’s reputation is growing and how North Dakota is competing with other top notch universities.

“I really look forward to what I can learn while in Russia and what can bring back to educate my peers,” he said.

Founded in 2010, the Kremlin Fellows Program introduces the next generation of American leaders to the Russian Federation and the cultural/historic context in which Russian people and institutions operate.

Fletcher will travel to Moscow May 25 to June 3, 2012 and represent the UND in meetings with Russian government officials, entrepreneurs, and student leaders. Past delegations of Kremlin Fellows have met with members of the State Duma and the Federation Council.

CAREEL is a nonprofit organization which finances, organizes and promotes U.S.-Russia exchange programs for students and young professionals. CAREEL was founded in 2011 by student leaders in the United States who recognized the need for an organization exclusively dedicated to building trust and understanding between future American and Russian leaders.

CAREEL partners with the Federal Agency on Youth Affairs to facilitate the Kremlin Fellows Program in order to help dismantle stereotypes left behind by the Cold War and create a new image of the Russian Federation for young Americans based on firsthand experiences and interactions.

The Kremlin Fellows Program enables the most accomplished young American leaders to visit the Russian Federation and meet their Russian peers.

During this exchange, Fletcher will meet with students at Moscow State University, Moscow State Institute of International Relations, Bauman Moscow State Technical University and Skolkovo Open University.

Chris Jagstadt

University Relations writer

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