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Upcoming Visitors 

"Promoting positive cross-cultural relationships one handshake at a time"

Iraq

January 28 - February 1

Cultural Heritage Preservation for Minority Communities

PROFESSIONAL OBJECTIVES

 

The Department of State has outlined the following specific objectives for the project:

 

  • Gain an overview of protection and preservation of cultural heritage for minority communities;

  • Explore museum maintenance and management of cultural heritage assets in the United States;

  • Examine the development of funding mechanisms that make historical and cultural sites financially viable;

  • Explore educational outreach strategies for developing a local support network and educating the Iraqi public about the country’s rich cultural heritage and

  • Identify trends in tourism products and experiences.

January 28 - February 1

Volunteerism and Civic Action

Multi-Regional

PROFESSIONAL OBJECTIVES

 

The Department of State has outlined the following specific objectives for the project:

 

  • Examine the impact of volunteerism in U.S. communities and how volunteers are inspired to foster a culture of service, civic involvement, and responsibility;

  • Demonstrate best practices in volunteer recruitment, retention and management;

  • Encourage mutual sharing of information to further voluntary initiatives among international NGOs;

  • Demonstrate the effectiveness of social media in volunteer efforts; and

  • Provide participants opportunities to experience volunteer opportunities alongside American citizens of all ages and backgrounds.

February 2-6

NGO Management

Africa

PROFESSIONAL OBJECTIVES

 

The Department of State has outlined the following specific objectives for the project:

 

  • Examine innovative NGO, non‑profit, public service, and advocacy organization management strategies in the United States;

  • Explore the diversity of the non‑profit sector in the United States and the dynamic relationships among business, government, and non‑governmental organizations; and

  • Review NGO strategies for strengthening leadership, employing volunteers, using technology and social media, fundraising, and furthering the organization's mission.

Volunteerism

February 12-18

Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management

Multi-Regional

PROFESSIONAL OBJECTIVES

 

The Department of State has outlined the following specific objectives for the project:

 

  • Examine best practices in emergency preparedness, management, planning, and coordination among federal, state, and local government and the private sector;

  • Investigate how various stakeholders anticipate, and develop contingency plans for natural disasters, pandemics, technological hazards, and/or terrorism threats;

  • Analyze the recruitment, training, leadership development, and funding for paid professionals and volunteer‑based Emergency Management Service (EMS) personnel;

  • Explore public‑private partnerships and programs that help communities heal from the trauma of disasters by offering leadership, restoring hope, and strengthening recovery plans.

February 18 - March 6

U.S. Trade Policy

Multi-Regional

March 4-6

Promoting Equal Employment Opportunity

China

March 12-17

Challenges to Improving Air Quality in the Indo-Pacific Region

The Department of State has outlined the following specific objectives for the project:

 

Introduce participants to the legal and regulatory framework for assessing and managing indoor and ambient air quality in the United States;

Explore current research and emerging technologies for expanding monitoring networks and promoting data transparency about the environmental risks of air pollution and the economic and public health benefits of improved air quality; and

Discuss policy options and compliance strategies for reducing harmful emissions in diverse sectors such as transportation, energy, industry, and agriculture.

March 18-21

Education in the Digital Age

February 8-12

Combating Trafficking in Persons

Multi-Regional

The Department of State has outlined the following specific objectives for the project:

 

  • Review U.S. government strategies to combat international trafficking in persons, including crimes against women and children, by examining the formulation, administration, and enforcement of U.S. policy on the national, state, and local levels;

  • Examine the roles that government, law enforcement, the courts, and local organizations play in detecting, preventing, and prosecuting crimes;

  • Explore initiatives to recognize, protect, and assist victims of abuse and trafficking, including victim recovery and reintegration programs; and

  • Investigate international law enforcement cooperation in trafficking in persons cases.