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: 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.


CIVIC facilitates the following programs:


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.   


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

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