CIVIC is joining the U.S. Department of State, in partnership with Global Ties U.S., to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). For the past 80 years, the IVLP has connected current and emerging leaders from around the world to the United States through short-term exchanges. The program has grown to include more than 225,000 alumni, including more than 500 current and former heads of state, and continues to build vital linkages between U.S. citizens and emerging leaders throughout the world.

Throughout 2020, 80 accomplished alumni and the impact their experiences brought to the global community will be showcased at: https://eca.state.gov/facesofexchange. The #FacesOfExchange initiative will share information about people who are making a difference in the world. People who participated in a professional exchange program that continues to pay dividends and helps change the world.

Programs

CIVIC facilitates the following programs:

Fee for Service

Is your organization, college, department, or business bringing international visitors to eastern Iowa? Let us help host them! CIVIC can take your visitors on cultural excursions (sporting events, heritage sites, museums, etc.), arrange professional meetings, and host Iowa Table dinners for visitors in one of our citizen diplomats’ homes. Contact civic@iowacivic.org for more details.

U.S. Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program

The International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) is the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program. Through short-term visits to the United States, current and emerging leaders from a variety of fields experience this country first-hand and cultivate lasting relationships with their American professional peers.   Each year nearly 5,000 exchange participants come to the U.S. on the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). CIVIC hosts about 120 IVLP participants yearly. In the last 75 years, more than 200,000 International Visitors have engaged with Americans through the IVLP, including more than 335 current or former Chiefs of State or Heads of Government.

For more on the IVLP program visit: http://eca.state.gov/ivlp

Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

The Mandela Washington Fellowship, the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), empowers young African leaders through academic coursework, leadership training, mentoring, networking, professional opportunities, and local community engagement.  YALI was created in 2010 and is celebrating its 10th anniversary supporting young Africans as they spur economic growth and prosperity, strengthen democratic governance, and enhance peace and security across Africa.  Since 2014, through the Mandela Washington Fellowship, the U.S. Department of State has supported nearly 4,400 young leaders from across Sub-Saharan Africa to develop their leadership skills and foster connections and collaboration with U.S. professionals.  The cohort of Fellows hosted by the University of Iowa will be part of a group of 700 Mandela Washington Fellows hosted at 27 educational institutions across the United States.  This summer, all Fellows will receive a letter from President Trump welcoming them to the United States for their program.

CIVIC has partnered with the Tippie College of Business since 2016 to provide an orientation, cultural excursions and Iowa hospitality for the Mandela Washington Fellows. 

"Being a CIVIC volunteer presented me with the rewarding opportunity to meet all 25 Mandela Washington Fellows outside the classroom and truly engage in people-to-people exchanges. From welcoming the fellows upon arrival at the Quad Cities airport to leading a walking tour of campus and downtown Iowa City, or visiting an Amish farm and sharing a meal together-- each interaction afforded us the leisure to share a laugh, make connections, learn about different cultures, and build new friendships."  -Jane McMullen, CIVIC President

To learn more about the Mandela Washington Fellowship visit: https://yali.state.gov/washington-fellowship/

Events

Annual Membership Meeting & Potluck Dinner

CIVIC's Annual Membership Meeting & Potluck Dinner is a celebration with all of our members and volunteers to acknowledge their continued support in helping us build global ties locally. We have opportunities for membership renewal, hand out volunteer awards, dine on international cuisine, elect board members, listen to a keynote address, discuss any new changes, and talk about the amazing year we've had!

Celebration of Citizen Diplomacy Dinner

The annual Celebration of Citizen Diplomacy Dinner (CCDD) includes dinner, dessert, awards, raffle prizes, a keynote address, and great conversation for our members and guests. Our fourth annual CCDD keynote speaker was ABC News corespondent and UI alumna, Lana Zak, who spoke about the urgent need for civility in public discourse.

On March 11, 2020 the CIVIC Board made the decision to cancel the Celebration of Citizen Diplomacy Dinner, which had been scheduled for April 20.  We are hopeful that we will be able to reschedule later in the year and very much regret cancelling it for this spring.  At this time we do not have an anticipated date for a rescheduled dinner.   

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The Council for International Visitors to Iowa Cities is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

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