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US Department of State ~ International Visitor Leadership Programs – Cincinnati Program Highlights:

IVLP
The International Visitor Leadership Program at the Greater Cincinnati World Affairs Council is a local programming leadership effort in the US effort to involve citizens in international public diplomacy. Since 1964, our mission has been to build global understanding through designing and coordinating best-in-class international training, education and exchange programs. Click here for summaries and photos of recent programs.

We work in collaboration with the US Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, national program agencies and the National Council for International Visitors to implement the prestigious US Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). GCWAC custom-designs professional development programs for current and emerging world leaders who are selected by US embassies to come to the US/Greater Cincinnati to meet their professional counterparts to learn and exchange information and ideas about a specific topic; for example – Women Issues, Anti-Human Trafficking, Higher Education, Economic Development, Rule of Law, Human Rights, Journalism, Volunteerism, Environmental Sustainability and NGO-Capacity Building.

IVLP Volunteer Opportunities

1. Professional Hosts

2. Hospitality Hosts

3. Volunteer Driver

4. Home Stay Hosts

5. Ambassador Escort

Thank you, gratzi, merci, danke schon, spaseeba, and muchas gracias to all of the outstanding volunteers and professional hosts who participated in IVLP’s programs this past year. Our organization relies on their generosity to donate their time and hospitality to our citizen diplomacy programs. IVLP’s program would not exist without the continued support of our dedicated volunteers.

If you are interested in volunteering for one of the upcoming programs, or hosting a visitor for an evening, please contact the Executive Director, Ms. Michelle Harpenau at 859.448.8984 or mharpenau@cincyworldaffairs.org.

Would like to see a map associated with each programming year which shows where the visitors were coming from…

US Department of State ~ International Visitor Leadership ProgramOctober 2013-September 2014 Cincinnati Program Highlights – coming soon

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US Department of State ~ International Visitor Leadership ProgramOctober 2012-September 2013 Cincinnati Program Highlights

Support for Democracy and Democratic Institutions in Development
Trafficking in Persons Heroes
Conflict Resolution
Non-Govermental Organizations Managments
Health and Human Rights
Empowering Women Against Domestic Violence
Human Rights and Religious Freedom
Working Togther to Support victims of Gener Based Violence and Human Trafficking
Non-Govermnetal Organizations Management and Civic Avtivism in the United States
Strength those who Protect: Using Limied Resources to Protect Women of Manginalized Communities

Aviation
African American Hstory and Slavery Museums
Citizen participation in Local Governence
Supporting Diversity and Acceptance in Schools
The Role of Non-Govermental Organizations in Global Women’s Issues
IVLP Gold Star’s Tour: Alumni Connecting the World
Legislative Processes in a Federal Ststem
Education and Activism for Young Women
Oral Trials and Justice Reform
Immagration, Border Security and Citizen’s Rights in the United States
United States Cultural Perservation and Development

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US Department of State ~ International Visitor Leadership Program October 2011-September 2012 Cincinnati Program Highlights

Human Factors
Political Journalist
Higher Education Exchanges
Gender Justice
Young Leaders: Influential Voices
Al-Azhar Religious Educators: Religious Education in the United States
Combating Trafficking in Persons
Innovation and Education
Music Education
Law Enforcement and Community Policing
United States Elections and Political Process
Political Parties in the United States
Aviation Transition Program
Conflict Resolution
Trafficking in Persons Heroes
African Women Entrepreneurship Program
Road Safety and Management
Business Associations and Advocacy in the United States
Waste Management Practices in the United States
Volunteerism in the United States
Promotions of Interfaith Dialogue
Library and Networking
Anti-Trafficking in Persons
Combating Public Corruption
Managing Partner/Founder, Alter Partners
Advances in Contempory Nursing
Cooperative Efforts in Combating International Crime
Religious Freedom and Interfaith Dialogue in the United States
The Cultural Heritage of the African Diaspora
Alternatives in Higher Education
Citizen Participation in Governments and Non-Governmental Organizations
American Language: Connecting English Teachers to United States
Society and Culture
Health
Managing Ethnic Diversity in the United States Society
21st Century: Youth Politics and News Media
International Women of Courage
Educational System Development
Women and Justice
Trends in School Management in the United States
United States Presidential Primaries
Education Reform in the United States
United States Approach to Civics and Law
Interethnic Cooperation in the United States
Transportation Infrastructure Design and Development
Trafficking in Persons
Economic Competitiveness

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US Department of State ~ International Visitor Leadership Program October 2010-September 2011 Cincinnati Program Highlights

Anti-Trafficking and Cross Border Security Measures
American Language: Connecting English Teaching to United States History and Culture
Disability Rights
Ensure Law Enforcement and Government Accountability
The United States Today
Libraries and museums as Community Resources
Local Government Serving Community Needs
Entrepreneurship and Business Management
Best Practices in Community Policing in the United States
ASEAN: Young Ambassadors
Broadcast Journalism and New Electronic Media
K-12 Science Education
Sustainable Development and Environmental Protection
Construction and Building
Exploring Youth Policies and expanding Opportunities for Young
Fighting Trafficking in Persons and Violence Against Women and Children Resources
Multiculturalism and the United States educational Systems
Conflict Resolution
Small Business Development
Equal Rights for Citizens
Women and Entrepreneurship
Religious Tolerance and Interfaith Dialogue in the United States
American Youth: Inspiring Leadership and Civic Participation
Religious and Public Education
United States Finical Systems and the Global Economy
Local Government in the United States
Teach English as a Second Language
International Women of Courage
Democratic Security and the Rule of Law
Combating Trafficking in Persons
Non-Governmental Organizations management in the United States
Human Rights and United States Foreign Policy
Women as Political Leaders
Primary and Secondary Education: Preparing Student for success and Citizenship
Combating Trafficking in Persons
Non-Governmental Management
Drug Abuse Prevention, Education and Rehabilitation
American Youth: Inspiring Civic Participation
Religious Freedom in the United States

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US Department of State ~ International Visitor Leadership Program October 2009-September 2010 Cincinnati Program Highlights

Current United States Social, Political, and Economic Issues for Young European Leaders
Entrepreneurship and Business Management
Human Trafficking
High Education Adminstration
Trafficking in Persons
Promoting Tolerance though the Arts
Interfaith Dialogue
United States Media
Non-Govermental Organizations Managemnt of Youth Programs in the United States
Diversity and Equality Issues
Volunteerism: United We Serve
Citizen Participation in Governance/ Local Governance
Corporate Social Respsibility and United States
Community Problem Solving and Conflict Resolution
Anti-Corruption issues for Non-Govermental Leaders
Women and Justice
Volunterism in American
Labor Rights Protection
Higher Education in the United States
Social, Political, and Economic Empowerment for Marginalized Populations
Human Rights Montiting and Protection

Open World
The Greater Cincinnati World Affairs Council was selected as a training organization to design and conduct an Open World Program, which is sponsored by the Open World Leadership Center through the Library of Congress, and administered by the Academy for Educational Development (AED). The Open World Program is a distinctive, nonpartisan project of the US Congress. Its mission is to enhance understanding and capabilities for cooperation between the United States and the countries of Eurasia and the Baltic States by developing a network of leaders in the region who have gained significant, firsthand exposure to America’s democratic, accountable government and its free-market system. Open World combines professional learning with people-to-people relationships. Leaders and professionals are invited to participate as guests of the program from countries like Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Ukraine. Over 15,000 Open World participants have been hosted in all 50 US states since the program’s inception in 1999.

Accountable Governance – A Project for Kyrgyzstan

July 14-22, 2013

Michelle Harpenau, Executive Director

From July 14th to July 22nd the Greater Cincinnati World Affairs Council successfully hosted an Open World delegation of five Mayors and one Political Senior Research Associate from Russia. The men took part in a wide array of professional appointments including meetings with: City of Cincinnati: Department of Economic Development, Department of Finance, Marketing; Mayor Mark Mallory of Cincinnati; Graydon, Head, and Ritchey LLP; Hamilton County Common Pleas Court; United States District Court; Public Library of Cincinnati; Mayor Dan Brooks of North College Hill; The Brandery; Bearcast Radio at The University of Cincinnati; and PBS-CET Connect.

Although the bulk of their time was spent conducting business, the schedule still allowed time for the gentlemen to explore regional culture. The men spent their free time shopping, grilling out, and sharing laughs with their homestay hosts while arduously gesticulating across the dinner table in attempted bilingual conversation. The delegates also visited numerous area attractions including the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Over-the-Rhine Tour, B&B Riverboat Cruise, Cincinnati Segway Tour, and City Hall tour.

The GCWAC would like to thank Dotty Garrabrant, Ronnie Choudhary, and Don Rucknagel in particular for opening up their doors for a full week in the middle of a busy July. Also, we would like to thank the various escorts, Katie Krafka, Maddie Naber, and Michelle Harpenau for their terrific help in guiding the delegation during their professional appointments.

Accountable Governance – A Project for Kyrgyzstan ARCHIVE?

July 23-July 31, 2010

Sam Laber , Program Intern

From July 23rd to July 30th the Greater Cincinnati World Affairs Council successfully hosted an Open World delegation of six businesswomen from Kyrgyzstan. The women took part in a wide array of professional appointments including meetings with: Dress for Success, Women Excel, Bad Girl Ventures, Thompson and Hine LLP, Rosie’s Girls, the office of Women’s Business Ownership, Dearborn County Courthouse 2nd Circuit Court, the Cincinnati Regional Chamber, the Northern Kentucky Regional Chamber, the Northern Kentucky International Trade Association, the University of Cincinnati College of Law, and the Northern Kentucky University Chase College of Law.

Although the bulk of their time was spent conducting business, the schedule still allowed time for the ladies to explore regional culture. The women spent their free time shopping, attending local sporting events, singing karaoke, grilling out, and sharing laughs with their homestay hosts while arduously gesticulating across the dinner table in attempted bilingual conversation. The delegates also visited numerous area attractions including the Freedom Center, the Contemporary Art Museum, the Cincinnati History Museum, and the Newport Aquarium.

The GCWAC would like to thank the Snowdens, the Todds, and the Jacobs’ in particular for opening up their doors for a full week in the middle of a busy July. The Todds were also gracious enough to host a very entertaining potluck dinner and farewell party for the delegates and everyone else involved in the program. Also, we would like to thank the various escorts, Barbara Rojas, Dorothy Blake, Marilyn Richey, and Sam Laber for their terrific help in guiding the delegation during their professional appointments. Lastly, we would like to recognize Jeff Snowden for his incredible help in transporting the delegation all week and housing 5 delegates. Despite his inability to speak Russian, his optimism and humor brought smiles and laughs to everyone in the delegation.

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