2022 Leadership Program, January 10-20

Change and Continuity in American Leadership
Two Weeks: Jan. 10-20, 2022

January Leadership ProgramA new era in American politics and international relations is presenting the U.S. with profound challenges to established approaches to education, business, journalism, politics, diplomacy, and even science. This program brings together leading journalists, analysts, diplomats, professionals, and educators to examine the significance of the times and to explore what is new, what is ephemeral, and what is lasting. Informed speakers, visits to Washington institutions, and diverse student participation will make this a unique experiential learning opportunity for tomorrow’s leaders.

The Osgood Center for International Studies invites your institution to participate in an academic seminar that past participants have said has transformed their views of our nation’s most important issues, inspired them to follow in the footsteps of leaders they admire, and dedicate themselves to an action-oriented future in society. The diverse program appeals to students in all major fields and all college levels from freshmen to recent graduates, including honors students.


The Osgood Center consults with faculty in order to cover preferred topics and to help arrange site visits. Whether this involves an emphasis on politics, domestic policy, foreign policy, the role of the media and interest groups, various public policy issues, or even the arts and humanities or sciences, we often can arrange appropriate activities to suit your preferences. We keep the size of the program reasonable, so most students are able to ask their questions and interact with the speakers. Staff are easily accessible, and students are able to interact more with those from other institutions.

Past site visits have included the Capitol Hill Visitors Center, the Library of Congress, visits with alumni in their places of work, Smithsonian museums, the Supreme Court, the White House, and embassies. Also, some groups have undertaken community service activities during the program.


We begin the program with a Sunday evening orientation, a Monday morning icebreaker, and a keynote speaker. Then we visit the major D.C. sights on the National Mall and a reception with a speaker usually during week two. We will generally provide two speaker sessions in the morning and allow the faculty time to arrange site visits in the afternoon on their own or with our assistance. Time will be available for small group meetings for discussion and reflection. Special site visits in lieu of some of the morning presentations will likely be arranged to visit locations that the public often cannot arrange on their own.


To accommodate various types of academic calendars, we are offering a two-week program ideal for Jan Term (though there is also an option to do only one of the weeks). Also, accommodations are often available before and after the program for institutions seeking to arrange their own additional instructional time. We also offer a one-week virtual program on Zoom (January 17-21) focusing on international issues: China, Climate Change, and Supply Chain politics. All sessions are recorded and available to view afterward.

The daily schedule will be available in November but expect leaders in politics, journalism, education, and gender equity. As always, we will have former White House Fellow, Congresspersons, and diplomats.

Two-week program
Jan. 10-20, 2022
Program Cost: $500 ($300 for one week)

Housing for this program is available at 2500 Penn for affordable rates for 1-3 persons per night, continental breakfast included. See: https://www.2500penn.com/

There is no program charge for the faculty, but they are responsible for the cost of their housing. Food, transportation, and other personal expenses are also not included for students or faculty.


Reservations (via email) from institutions will be accepted until spaces are filled. The deadline for applications is December 10, 2021 but registrations may still be accepted if space is available. Housing costs may increase after our room block expires in November, so we encourage early applications and early invoicing.

Payment in full is required by December 13, 2021, unless other arrangements are made. Housing payment may be required at an earlier time to guarantee rates. Requests (in writing via email) for a full refund minus a $150 administrative fee are possible until December 13, 2021. No refunds are available for any reason after that date. To avoid disappointment due to illness, inclement weather, change of plans, etc., we encourage participants to consider travel insurance. Substitutions from the same school may be allowed after Dec. 13, if feasible.


Dr. Shelton Williams of the Osgood Center has been leading academic seminar programs since the 1980s. Thus, Osgood’s contacts and familiarity with procedures and protocols serve as an invaluable resource for those attending this program and help ensure that Washington’s resources become fully accessible to those with diverse interests.


The Osgood Center is a non-profit educational organization that offers short-term experiential learning programs for college students in the U.S. and around the globe.

At the Osgood Center, our mission is to advance understanding of public affairs and contemporary international and domestic issues. We positively affect the lives of our participants and prepare them to be better global citizens through quality educational experiences that emphasize short-term active engagement and experiential learning programs such as academic seminars and internships. Our vision is a generation of young people who strive to understand public policy issues and work to find creative solutions to global problems.

We are known for the personal attention we provide our program participants and for the customized instructional model that we utilize to help them achieve their academic and career goals. We welcome college students and recent graduates in all major fields.

For more information and to make reservations, contact us at:

Shelton L. Williams, Ph.D.

The Osgood Center for International Studies
1629 K St, NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC, 20006
Phone: 301-704-5538