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NOCDC promotes citizen diplomacy.

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NOCDC promotes better international relations by arranging professional meetings and cultural activities for international leaders who travel to New Orleans.


The New Orleans Citizen Diplomacy Council's work is based upon the concept of citizen diplomacy, the idea that in a vibrant democracy, the individual citizen has the right--even the responsibility--to help shape foreign relations "one handshake at a time." In practical terms, citizen diplomats are professionals, families, students, interns, and travelers who make an impact by reaching out to individuals from other countries to build bridges of mutual understanding.

The New Orleans Citizen Diplomacy Council is a nonprofit organization that offers ordinary New Orleanians and Louisianians the opportunity to be citizen diplomats by interacting with international visitors. Click
here to learn more about citizen diplomacy.

The International Visitor Leadership Program is the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program. Through short-term visits to the United States, current and emerging foreign leaders in a variety of fields experience this country firsthand and cultivate lasting relationships with their American counterparts. Professional meetings reflect the participants’ professional interests and support the foreign policy goals of the United States. Since 1940, nearly 200,000 International Visitors have engaged with Americans through the IVLP. Most of the Council's programs are IVLPs.

Eisenhower Fellowships identifies, empowers and links outstanding leaders from around the world, helping them to achieve consequential outcomes across sectors and borders. EF provides a transformational experience leading to lifetime engagement in a global network, where dialogue and collaboration make the world more prosperous, just and peaceful. We bring two groups of approximately 20 outstanding mid-career Fellows (aged 32-45) drawn from 47 different countries to the U.S. annually.

The Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program provides a variety of enrichment activities throughout the academic year intended to further the Fulbright Program's goal of increasing mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and people of other countries. These enrichment activities benefit the more than 800 Fulbright Visiting Scholars (faculty and professionals from over 100 countries) who have received Fulbright Scholar grants for advanced research and university lecturing in the U.S.


NOCDC has worked with FSI to provide training for the U.S. Government's foreign staff.
NOCDC has organized the Open World program, an exchange for post-Soviet countries.
NOCDC organizes professional programs for private groups as well. Get in touch for more details.

The Foreign Service Institute (FSI) is the Federal Government's primary training institution for officers and support personnel of the U.S. foreign affairs community, preparing American diplomats and other professionals to advance U.S. foreign affairs interests overseas and in Washington. The Institute's programs include training for the professional development of Foreign Service administrative, consular, economic/commercial, political, and public diplomacy officers; and more.

The Open World Leadership Center administers the Open World program, one of the most effective U.S. exchange programs with post-Soviet countries. Sponsored by Congress, Open World both supports Congressional outreach to Eurasia and conducts exchanges that establish lasting professional relationships between the up-and-coming leaders of Open World countries and Americans dedicated to showcasing U.S. values and democratic institutions. 

The New Orleans Citizen Diplomacy Council offers the same services to the private sector that it has provided to government-sponsored international visitors for over forty years. 


Whether you are a local company with short-term international guests or employees that have recently transferred from abroad, an international scholar, or a foreign professional seeking business contacts in the United States, we can tailor a program to fit your needs. Email us for more details.