U.S.-Russia Social Expertise Exchange

May 2013 - May 2022

The U.S.-Russia Social Expertise Exchange (SEE) is a diverse network of Russian and U.S. civil society experts and social entrepreneurs engaged in a meaningful exchange of ideas and best practices to produce positive change in the lives of citizens in both countries.

Nine bilateral working groups focused on pressing social issues, including community development, higher education, public health, and environmental protection, are the core of SEE. Working group members—selected for their sector expertise and international partnership experience—represent foundations, think tanks, educational institutions, non-governmental organizations, and commercial entities. Through in-person and virtual meetings, working group members determine joint priorities and design and implement innovative projects that benefit the people of Russia and the United States.

To enhance the impact of the working groups, SEE also awards professional fellowships to established and emerging experts from both countries who specialize in fields related to the nine SEE working groups. Fellows spend up to four weeks at host organizations in their counterpart country, gaining important experience to drive SEE projects forward. 

Program Highlight

The Public Health working group published smoking cessation guidelines in 2013 that were distributed to physicians, government agencies, and public health non-governmental organizations across Russia and the United States. The Education and Youth working group produced a new guide, “School and the Community: Collaboration in the Context of New Education Standards – The Experience of Russia and the United States,” for Russian and U.S. educators, community leaders, and non-governmental organizations interested in partnering with local schools. The Higher Education working group created an essential guidebook, “Partnerships between U.S. and Russian Universities: From Motivations to Results,” offering new models for creating and sustaining viable university partnerships.

To learn more about the SEE Education and Youth working group, watch this video:

For more information, please visit the SEE website.

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