The Citizen Diplomat

CIVIC Newsletter


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

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)


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.

2016 Citizen Diplomat Awards

Business/Industry: Kalona SuperNatural
Non-Profit Organization: Oakdale Community Choir
Individual: Ed Ulch

The evening featured an awards ceremony, plated dinner and dessert, and a keynote address by Ambassador Kenneth M. Quinn “From the Mississippi to the Mekong: My 50 Years in Foreign Affairs”
Ambassador Quinn is the current President of the World Food Prize Foundation. During his foreign service career he served: as the U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Cambodia, as Rural Development adviser in the Mekong Delta; on the National Security Council staff at the White House; as Narcotics Counselor at the U.S. mission to the United Nations in Vienna; for four years as Chairman of the U.S. Inter-agency Task Force on POW/MIAs; and as Director of Iowa SHARES, the humanitarian campaign that sent Iowa doctors, nurses, medical supplies and food to starving Cambodian refugees.

2015 Citizen Diplomat Awards

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

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!


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