CIC Announces New Opportunities to Host Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows

Institutions can apply now to host Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows (WWVF) for week-long residencies during the 2016–2017 academic year; colleges and universities that apply by April 2016 will receive priority consideration. The WWVF program brings prominent artists, diplomats, journalists, business leaders, and other nonacademic professionals to campuses across the United States for substantive dialogue with students, faculty members, and the local community.

Through classes, seminars, workshops, lectures, and informal discussions, the Fellows create better understanding of and new connections between the academic and nonacademic worlds. For example, Fellow Robert Gusentine, a retired U.S. Navy Captain and co-founder of Global Sounding Inc., a private enterprise that assesses and monitors the global fresh water supply, visited Cabrini College (PA) in October 2015. During classes, workshops, and a public forum, Gusentine discussed leadership lessons from his 28 years of experience leading teams of special operations forces worldwide. Gusentine reminded students that as attendees of a liberal arts college they are in the best position to take on complex problems and find effective solutions. He said, “The Cabrini challenge is to understand human beings,” and only through these understandings will new models of social change emerge. Reflecting on his time at Cabrini, Gusentine remarked, “[The students’] focus and engagement really sustained the week and made it a lot of fun. It’s also encouraging for me to go home now and understand that the future is in good hands.”

The roster of Fellows available for campus visits is constantly evolving. The newest Fellow on the roster is Oxfam America’s senior researcher Nick Galasso. He leads Oxfam’s work on economic inequality and could discuss income and wealth inequality trends both in the United States and in developing countries, economic globalization, and political institutions and their relationship to economic development. Galasso’s work gained notoriety in 2014 with the calculation that the wealth of the world’s richest people who can fit on a double decker bus is equivalent to the wealth of the poorest half of the global population. Other new Fellows include Lily Yeh, a former professor who turned her passion for art into neighborhood renewal programs, first in a poor section of Philadelphia, and then took the same program, now called “Barefoot Artists,” around the world to some of the globe’s most troubled regions.

The fee for a week-long residency is $5,950 for CIC member institutions and $6,550 for nonmembers. The fees have not increased in several years and are less than most institutions invest on a single lecture by a prominent speaker. CIC covers the Fellow’s honorarium, travel, and other incidental expenses, and the host campus provides the Fellow’s housing and meals. With this arrangement, hosting a Fellow on campus becomes a cost-effective way to maintain strong programming for campus and community when budgets for extra-curricular programming are lean.

For more information about the program, including the searchable roster of Fellows and online campus request form, visit the program website at CIC staff is available to help match campuses with Fellows based on area of expertise or specific schedule needs; campuses also can schedule visits for the remainder of the 2015–2016 academic year.​