The Center for American-Russian Engagement of Emerging Leaders (CAREEL) recently announced Brian Spatocco’s acceptance to the Kremlin Fellows Program. Spatocco, a graduate student in Materials Science and Engineering and the Graduate Student Council President, is one of only 15 student leaders selected nationwide to participate in the Summer 2012 Kremlin Fellows Program, an exchange program sponsored by the Russian Federation’s Federal Agency on Youth Affairs.
The Kremlin Fellows Program was founded in 2010 to introduce the next generation of American leadership to the Russian Federation and the cultural/historic context in which Russian people and institutions operate. Spatocco will travel to Moscow May 25 to June 3, 2012 and represent MIT in meetings with Russian government officials, entrepreneurs, and student leaders. Past delegations of Kremlin Fellows have met with Vladislav Surkov, Viktor Vekselberg, Arkady Dvorkovich, members of the State Duma, and members of the Federation Council.
CAREEL partners with the Federal Agency on Youth Affairs to facilitate the Kremlin Fellows Program in order to help dismantle stereotypes left behind by the Cold War and create a new image of the Russian Federation for young Americans based on firsthand experiences and interactions. The Kremlin Fellows Program enables the most accomplished young American leaders to visit the Russian Federation and meet their Russian peers. During this exchange, Spatocco will meet with students at Moscow State University, Moscow State Institute of International Relations, Bauman Moscow State Technical University, and Skolkovo Open University.
Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply for future programs and opportunities. To learn more visit http://www.careel.org.