Purdue hosts U.S. Agency for International Development official

April 23, 2014  


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Christie Vilsack (center), senior advisor on international education for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), visited Purdue on Thursday (April 17). (Photo provided)
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Purdue's Global Policy Research Institute and the College of Education hosted Christie Vilsack, senior advisor on international education for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), when she visited Purdue on Thursday (April 17) as part of her "Main Street Tour."

Vilsack, who spent 25 years as a teacher, spent the day talking with students, faculty and staff about the importance of child literacy around the world. Vilsack's goal was to introduce Purdue faculty and students to USAID's global education strategy by sharing the general issues of international education and how USAID's initiatives connect with U.S. universities and students.

Purdue used this opportunity to inform Vilsack of the University's education programs, youth engagement programs, and involvement in countries supported by USAID.

Vilsack challenged Purdue faculty and students to develop ideas on how to get millions of books into the hands of children. USAID in partnership with World Vision and the Australian government is offering $100,000 to any individual or team that develops the best software solution to support this mission. For more information, visit www.purdue.edu/research/gpri.

The Global Policy Research Institute in the Office of Global Affairs enhances the visibility and impact of Purdue's strengths in policy-related and multidisciplinary research, education, service, and outreach to inform decision-makers on global policy issues. 

In the photo: (left to right) Laura Luo, GPRI policy scholar; Vivian Alexander, GPRI policy scholar; Nadya Naumaan, GPRI policy scholar; Walter Schostak, GPRI policy scholar; Christie Vilsack, senior advisor on international education for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID); Suresh Garimella, chief global affairs officer; Patrick Pawletko, global affairs ambassador; Neha Ganesh, James Moody, global affairs ambassador; and Mohammed Almeshekah, global affairs ambassador.

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