International Leadership Seminar for State Officers (ILSSO)

Pre-departure Orientation Program

You said,
"Make better utilization of the prep day in Miami.”

Our response:
A task force, which convened in May 2011, recommended that an online discussion board be created to serve as a central location for all information regarding the experience. We plan to utilize this resource as a way of addressing questions and concerns prior to orientation. This would leave more time in the orientation schedule for applicable training and education regarding the host country.

Cost of Participation

You said,
"The expense of participation is a major challenge.”

Our response:
We are currently prospecting additional sponsors to reduce student out-of-pocket cost. Additionally, a task force, which convened in May 2011, recommended that the scholarship application process recognize special circumstances and financial need as a basis for awarding available scholarship funds.