RSW emphasizes the transnational and cooperative aspects of knowledge production about Russia's politics, culture, and society. We recognize that changes in graduate training, including faster times to completion and disciplinary demands, undermine the accumulation of regional studies knowledge. RSW has contributed resources and support to PhD students and MA students to attend the annual Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) conference, take beginning to advanced Russian language courses, participate in methods-training workshops, and conduct field research in Russia. Programs at RSW emphasize making connections between scholars and students through lectures, film screenings, lunches, and telebridges that encourage conversation and questions. Our strength is the broad range of expertise we bring together from across the university to the analysis of Russia and U.S.-Russian relations. This expertise is foundational to our teaching and research missions, and capitalizes on innovations in technology and research methodology, as in our Graduate Methods Training Workshop. We invited students from across the country and from IU to attend this workshop in the fall of 2018. We also support graduate students from IU and across the country in their study of the Russian language at the Summer Language Workshop.