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 and we’ll share them!

The Impact:
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

CIVIC Newsletter

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

Germany and the Syrian Refugee Crisis CIVIC Panel – VIDEO

KCRG TV9 reports on Afghan doctors visiting Mercy Medical Center, August 2015

The Cedar Rapids Gazette photographed the visit to Mercy Medical Center, August 2015 

CIVIC hosts the international human rights forum at the local community, July 21, 2015 

Alan Brody’s Civic minded goodbye to Iowa City, April 2015

Bangladeshi, IVLP Preventing Violence Against Women, October 2014

The City of Iowa City’s Human Rights Commission awards CIVIC the Bill Reagan Community Award, October 2014

CIVIC Executive Director Profile, July 2014

IVLP Program on LGBT Rights leads Iowa City’s Pride Parade, June 2014


Newsletter Archive:Fall 2016Winter 2016, Spring 2015Summer 2015, Fall 2015


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