Calling all CIVIC members, volunteers, local professional resources, and international visitor alumni! Help us demonstrate how CIVIC builds global ties locally through intercultural exchange. How have your interactions shaped your understanding of the world? Please send your stories, photos, and videos to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll share them!
In June of 2016, CIVIC hosted a Ukrainian delegation of educators working to implement disability rights programs throughout their country. CIVIC members, Christy and Mick Weitz and their two kids Eleanor and Sam, hosted several of the delegates for a home hospitality dinner, including Ms. Viktoria Kalinina who is the principal of a Kramatorsk secondary school located in the Donetsk region of Ukraine territory. Christy and Mick are also local educators. Several months later, students in Ms. Kalinina’s school sent a holiday message to the students in Christy’s class at Weber Elementary–who then sent their own holiday traditions video back to the students in Ukraine!
The Citizen Diplomat
In the article Fight the ‘Ugly American’ Stereotype, Ambassador Ron McMullen discusses how other countries view Americans and what Iowan’s can do through CIVIC to improve the way the world sees us. (link to article below)
2015 Citizen Diplomat Awards
The Citizen Diplomat Award recognizes a business/industry; a non-profit organization; and an individual who demonstrate a consistent commitment to citizen diplomacy by sharing their knowledge and expertise and by exchanging ideas with international visitors. This dedication promotes international cooperation and fosters mutual understanding across national borders.
Business/Industry: Joint Awards to The Gazette and KCRG TV9. Chuck Peters received the award on behalf of The Gazette. Adam Carros and Bruce Aune accepted the award for KCRG TV9.
Non-Profit Organization: The Islamic Center of Cedar Rapids. Imam Hassan Selim received the award on behalf of the Islamic Center and Mother Mosque. Imam Taha Tawil spoke on behalf of the appreciation expressed to the Mother Mosque of North America.
Individual: Dr. Nicholas Johnson
Dr. James Zogby, The Arab American Institute, keynote speaker, “How We Should Be Discussing the Arab World and Islam in 2016”
CIVIC is In the News
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