This spring I was one of eight U.S. citizens selected to go abroad in 2013 as an Eisenhower USA Fellow. As part of this fellowship, I will spend a month in India meeting with leaders in higher education, business, and education-related government ministries. My focus will be on getting these individuals' perspectives on  how higher education can be used to foster innovation, with an eye also toward how multicultural abroad/exchange experiences can be used to ‘prime’ students to think outside the box. My hope is to bring ideas home to try here, in partnership with Indian institutions.

Eisenhower Fellowships is a private, non-profit and non-partisan organization seeking to foster international understanding and leadership through the exchange of information, ideas and perspectives among leaders throughout the world. Established in 1953 as a birthday tribute to President Dwight D. Eisenhower, the organization has sponsored more than 2,000 fellows from 108 countries.

About the photo: Kieran Holtzhauer (LA 2012) snapped this scene of a fellow student learning the tricky business of transplanting rice from dry to wet fields as part of WUSTL's Village India program. Started by anthropology professor Glenn Stone, this program is designed for self-starter students with an interest in experiencing village life in India, in exploring anthropological research in the field and in service-learning through teaching in an Indian classroom. The program is based at Pai Junior College in Kalleda Village, Warangai District, Andhra Pradesh.