About the Gulf Coast Citizen Diplomacy Council

The U.S. Department of State ...

... has a public diplomacy program where opinion-makers travel around the country to meet professionals and ordinary citizens. It’s called the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP).

On November 7, 2008 ...

... the National Council for International Visitors granted membership to the Gulf Coast Citizen Diplomacy Council. With this status, northwest Florida was welcomed to the national IVLP itinerary.

Expand Your World ...

... with citizen diplomacy. IVLP participants visit all over our great nation and come from all walks of life to explore how we do things in the USA. Join our council, meet our visitors, and get involved today!

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The Ashley Hardaway Theriot Memorial Scholarship

The Gulf Coast Citizen Diplomacy Council is joining the family & friends of Ashley Hardaway Theriot to establish a study abroad memorial scholarship. Click here to learn more.

Ashley was generous even in death with six successful organ transplants. With this scholarship, we honor her adventuresome spirit, dedication to service, and joie de vivre. She was an intrepid traveler and was dedicated to citizen diplomacy, the concept that closing the gaps between people and cultures is a responsibility we each have in creating a better world.

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Individual or Corporate Membership

The U.S. Department of State pays for the delegations’ traveling expenses, but our council is not a government agency and relies on grants and the generosity of local individuals and businesses to help support our non-profit mission.

One of the ways we do this is to offer individual & corporate memberships.  We hope you’ll consider joining us. You will have the opportunity to network with our international visitors at receptions, lunches, or even in your own home. You will also have the chance to meet an interesting array of locals.

Our Sponsors

Wade, Palmer & Shoemaker, P.A. | City of Pensacola | Five Points Consulting | Hilton Pensacola Beach Gulf Front | Four Seasons Market & Eatery  | Pensacola Bay Area Convention & Visitors Bureau | Premier Island Management Group | Seville Quarter | University of West Florida, Office of Diversity and International Education and Programs | Dreamcatcher Shuttle