ONLINE EVENT: What Impact Does 100,000 Strong in the Americas Have on Higher Education Collaboration and Academic Exchange Opportunities?


Event Summary This event has passed.

Educational exchange initiatives have long been used as a tool to both foster international cooperation and promote the development of the technical and linguistic skills needed to operate in an increasingly globalized world. In spite of the potential benefits, opportunities for educational exchange within the Americas are not as robust as in other regions of the world.

To address this, the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs at the US Department of State, under cooperative agreements with Partners of the Americas, and in collaboration with regional public-private sector leaders, manages the hemisphere-wide 100,000 Strong in the Americas (100K) Innovation Fund. The 100K Innovation Fund is a public-private partnership that has leveraged over US$22 million to stimulate and support higher education institution (HEI) partnerships and expand training opportunities for student mobility across the Americas. By focusing on building HEI partnerships, the Innovation Fund’s unique model prioritizes sustainable impact.

This event will present the findings of a new impact study conducted by the Inter-American Dialogue, which evaluates the Innovation Fund’s success in three key areas: student development, inclusion and access; HEI development and growth; and donor-partner motivations and perceived impact.

The panelists, which include program implementors, donor-partners, and HEI representatives, will share their own experience with the 100K Innovation Fund and will comment on the key findings of the study.

Follow this event on Twitter at #100KImpact and @PrealEd

Watch the event recording here:



President, Inter-American Dialogue (@MichaelShifter)

Julie Chung

Acting Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, US Department of State (@WHAAsstSecty)

Alfonso Quiñónez

Ambassador of Guatemala to the United States

Paula Henao

Director, Office of International Relations Director, Instituto Colombiano de Crédito Educativo y Estudios Técnicos en el Exterior (ICETEX)

John McPhail

President and CEO, Partners of the Americas

Aaron Gorenc

Education Advocate, Fox Valley Technical College 

Jon Piechowski

Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, US Department of State

Sarah Stanton

Senior Associate, Education Program, Inter-American Dialogue (@SStantonEDU)

Anna Herrero

Research Associate, Education Program, Inter-American Dialogue (@AnnaHerreroT)


Roberta Jacobson

Former Member of the National Security Council & Former Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, US Department of State



Partners of the Americas Logo

US Department of State logo

Related Links