In 2010 the Center for Belarusian Studies, together with Southwestern College, welcomed the first Belarusian students into the newly designed Masters Degree in Leadership with an emphasis on Belarusian Studies.
The rationale behind this initiative was to provide continuing education for students who had graduated with undergraduate degrees in Belarusian Studies and did not have access to Belarusian-language Masters programs in their field in European universities.
The program included on-campus course-work in the United States culminating in a discipline-specific internship completed in Belarus. Our current program is designed through collaborations between scholars and program directors at Southwestern and several counterparts at other U.S. and EU institutions.
The Center for Belarusian Studies is proud to announce that A. Rydzeuskaya and V. Mikhalevich have successfully completed all of their degree requirements for a Master’s Degree in Leadership. While they were busy studying matters such as principles of conflict resolution and leadership ethics, they also found time to teach Belarusian musical tradition at the June 2010 summer music festival.
Both Belarusian graduate students have returned home and are now working in fields that allow them to combine their leadership skills with their undergraduate education in Belarusian Studies.
The first manifestation of this initiative could not have been possible without the generous support of the Orsa-Romano foundation, George Akula , and Alesia Kipel and the family of Dr. George Kipel. Currently, the Center is poised to continue an expanded Masters in Leadership with a new class in 2012.