CIVIC was founded in the early 1980s as a community organization dedicated to international exchange. In 1986, CIVIC became a full member of Global Ties U.S. (formerly National Council of International Visitors), an organization that collaborates with the U.S. Department of State to design professional development programs for international visitors.  For decades, CIVIC’s citizen diplomacy efforts have helped international visitors better understand the diversity of American life and culture, while also providing Iowans with opportunities to better understand the world.