The program partners will collaborate with the Government of Kosovo, the University of Prishtina, and other higher education institutions in Kosovo.
"This comprehensive program will give us an opportunity to expand on the work we have been doing with colleagues in Kosovo for the past 15 years," says Laurel Stavis, assistant provost for international initiatives.
"We look forward to working with our partner universities in the United States, with World Learning and USAID, and with our many friends in Kosovo on this exciting new program." Stavis was recently in Kosovo with faculty members from the Gender Research Institute at Dartmouth (GRID) and a representative of the Dickey Center to develop their ongoing collaboration with the University of Prishtina's Institute for Social Sciences and Humanities and to find new opportunities for undergraduate internships.
"There is a large and growing network of Kosovars who have received training at Dartmouth, participated in coursework, and enhanced their professional capabilities through visiting fellowships and joint research collaborations," Stavis says. When alumni return to Kosovo they will be placed in key institutions, especially in the public sector, where they can use their new knowledge and skills to support Kosovo’s economic, scholarly, and political development.
The fact that he is one of the first openly trans individuals in Kosovo is a clear indication of the highly stigmatised circumstances the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning) community finds itself in.
While Kosovo, which celebrates the 8th anniversary of its establishment in 2016, struggles to stay afloat amidst the difficulties of establishing statehood and democracy.
“Then coming back is very strange, because you’re going to something completely foreign to you then coming back to something that hasn’t changed a bit since the day that you left.” According to Scott Houck, the mission in Kosovo was to “provide a safe and secure environment and freedom of movement.” While most of his work was classified, Scott Houck said a general statement of their role there was to “look at different types of information that was coming in, put it all together and try to make sense out of it.” Scott Houck said he enjoyed his time serving in Kosovo, which he described as a “very beautiful country.” “The people are amazing.
In his spare time, he hangs out with friends and coordinates various activities at “QESh,” a local NGO promoting LGBTQ rights.
The Transformational Leadership Scholarships and Partnerships Program will provide scholarships for Kosovars to pursue at least 185 master's degrees and 160 professional certificates at U. World Learning, Dartmouth, and the other program partners will build the capacity of higher education institutions in Kosovo to prepare graduates to meet the needs of the growing economy and the developing state, Steinberg said, ensuring that the leadership training process is both domestic and sustainable.