All posts by jmelancon

Innovations & Entrepreneurship

This spring six Ukrainians came to northwest Florida for a week as part of an Open World professional exchange program focused on innovations and entrepreneurship, the purpose of which was to show the different ways innovations and entrepreneurial projects enrich communities in the United States. To start their time, they met at the Greater Pensacola...

Human and Civil Rights and Tolerance

In late April a group of eleven visitors from Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti, South Africa, Swaziland, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe arrived in Pensacola as part of a U.S. State Department International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) project titled, “Human and Civil Rights and Tolerance.” The purpose of this...

An International Woman of Courage

This spring we were pleased to host a 2017 International Woman of Courage. The award, as explained by the U.S. Department of State, “is the prestigious Secretary of State’s Award which annually recognizes women around the world who have shown exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for women’s rights and empowerment.  Through this annual award,...

Upcoming Visitors

Aug 31 – Sept 6 Ten professionals from Nigeria will be with us to explore interfaith leadership and human rights. Sept 13 – 16 Five Indonesian university professors will be with us to examine NGOs and social services. Sept 14 – 20 Four professionals from Oman will focus on international trade while in northwest Florida....

Change Makers

In early April, a group of six Nepalese visitors arrived in Pensacola as part of a U.S. State Department International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) project titled “Change Makers.” The purpose of this exchange was to examine the role of woman in the military and in other professional fields where women have traditionally been underrepresented. The...

Our Ocean: Young Ambassadors

In mid-March, the Gulf Coast Citizen Diplomacy Council hosted a group of 22 young environmentalists from around the world as part of an International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) project titled “Our Ocean: Young Ambassadors.” The visitors came from Argentina, Bermuda, Brazil, Cambodia, Egypt, the Federated States of Micronesia, Germany, Haiti, Honduras, Iceland, Lithuania, the Netherlands,...

Effective Disaster Management and Emergency Response Coordination

In mid-March, the Gulf Coast Citizen Diplomacy Council hosted a group of seven emergency management professionals as part of a U.S. Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) project titled “Effective Disaster Management and Emergency Response Coordination.” Afghan government agencies and NGOs are dealing with natural disasters including flooding, landslides, droughts, and earthquakes in...

Community Engagement with Youth

In early March, a group of 10 professionals from Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Vietnam arrived in Pensacola as part of a U.S. State Department International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) project titled “ASEAN: Community Engagement with Youth.” The purpose of the exchange was to highlight creative ways communities and institutions...

Accountability in Government

In mid-March, the Gulf Coast Citizen Diplomacy Council welcomed a group of six African visitors from Angola and Sao Tome and Principe as part of a U.S. Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) project focusing on accountability in government. For the project, they traveled to Washington D.C., Salt Lake City, Pensacola, and Cleveland for...
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