The 2022 EU-US Young Leaders Seminar on the Future of Democracy could not have come at a more crucial moment. Hosted by the European Union, the US Department of State, and the German Marshall Fund, the four-day conference connected US and European peers to discuss the democratic challenges we face in our respective countries and global community.
Not to be boastful, but conducting my Fulbright grant in the 2021–22 program year was nothing short of historical. As a combined grantee in Linz, I have experienced the struggles of teaching during a pandemic, debated over politics with my university peers, and related to the difficulties of adjusting to European society with my diverse colleagues at the nonprofit for immigrant women that I volunteer at. The last few years have particularly challenged democratic structures, pluralism, and cohesion across the world, and witnessing it across two countries has deepened my interest in international affairs and policy.