February 2020 at WorldBoston

February at WorldBoston
Dear Friends,

Last week, several WorldBoston staffers and I attended the Global Ties U.S National Meeting in Washington, D.C. We connected with hundreds of peers from around the national network, and also visited members of the Massachusetts delegation on the Hill to advocate for international exchange. At this time of global challenge, it was inspiring to see the solid and widespread support for citizen diplomacy. See Citizen Diplomacy below for more information about WorldBoston at the recent National Meeting. And see the end of the newsletter for updates on the many delegations we are anticipating in Boston in coming weeks.

The new year of Global Engagement programming is also underway. Last week, Glen Johnson’s Window Seat on the World, proved a highly popular Chat & Chowder gathering. Make sure you register for our first Great Decisions session this year, on February 19, featuring Senior Director of Combating Human Trafficking at the McCain Institute, Kristen Leanderson Abrams, on “Modern Slavery & Human Trafficking.”

Finally, it’s time to say, “新年快乐,” “Xin Nian Kuai Le,” and Happy New Year. Last week marked the beginning of Chinese New Year. The holiday, celebrated by over 1 billion people, or about a fifth of the planet, has special poignancy this year, as China and the rest of the world warily monitor the advance of the corona virus. Let us all hope the traditional characteristics of vitality and renewal represented in the Rat will prevail this year.

We hope to see you soon.
Mary P. Yntema
President & CEO
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Great Decisions
Modern Slavery & Human Trafficking 
Almost every nation has enacted laws criminalizing human trafficking, and international organizations, governments, and NGOs sponsor a large variety of projects to curb trafficking and slavery. Billions of dollars have been allocated to these efforts, but to what effect? And what are the experiences of those who nevertheless continue to be being trafficked?

Start the 2020 Great Decisions series with us on Wednesday, February 19th with Kristen Leanderson Abrams. 

Kristen Leanderson Abrams
Senior Director of 
Combating Human Trafficking,
McCain Institute
Teams are signing up now: What are you waiting for?

Academic WorldQuest is the World Affairs Councils of America’s flagship youth education program and is a fun, fast-paced team competition for high school students. Academic WorldQuest tests players’ knowledge of current international politics, geography, global economics, history, and world cultures.

This year’s statewide competition will take place on Saturday, April 4, 2020 at Bridgewater State University. Teams are small (only four students), but your school can register more than one team. The competition includes a free tour of Bridgewater State University as well.

The team that places first in this competition will win a free trip to Washington, D.C. to compete in the Academic WorldQuest National Competition!
WorldBoston shines at the 2020 Global Ties U.S National Meeting

Vice President of Citizen Diplomacy Programs Sarah Sibley Wins National Programming Award 

Congratulations to Sarah on the 2020 Outstanding Paid-Staff CBM Programmer Award! This annual award was voted by members of the national program agencies and State Department who know her programming first-hand. From leading the coordination of thousands of international visitors on professional exchanges in Boston, to fostering partnerships with hundreds of local professional resources, Sarah has significantly grown the size and impact of WorldBoston’s International Visitors Leadership Program. We are proud of the impact Sarah has made on WorldBoston, the City of Boston, and the global community.

WorldBoston nominee Dave Fortier Receives National Citizen Diplomat of the Year Award

WorldBoston’s nominee, Dave Fortier, Founder of One World Strong Foundation and Boston Marathon bombing survivor, received the 2020 Citizen Diplomat Award at the conference. Dave’s keynote speech was an inspiring insight into the transformative effect of international exchange in establishing a global community of “peer-to-peer humanitarian diplomats”. We sincerely appreciate Dave’s work as a Citizen Diplomat and as a tireless professional resource for our IVLP visitors here in Boston.

WorldBoston Program Associate Megan (Meg) McCarthy recognized as a 2020 Global Ties U.S Emerging Leader

Every year, Global Ties U.S recruits standout young leaders in public diplomacy and international exchange. We are so proud of Meg for being recognized as an Emerging Leader, it was a pleasure to attend the National Meeting with her.

To learn more about our upcoming or previous international visitors, click here!
Higher Education Cooperation

New Approaches to China Studies

Healthcare Innovation and Entrepreneurship

The Role of School Teachers in the 21st Century

Women as Political and Social Leaders

Middle East and North Africa 
Countering Violent Extremism – Community Strategies

Management of Municipal Utilities 

Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists – Research and Investigation

To learn more about Citizen Diplomacy, contact Sarah Sibley, Vice President for Citizen Diplomacy Programs
Update from the Office 
Welcome Josh!

Next week Joshua Bruno will join WorldBoston as Manager of Citizen Diplomacy Programs.

Josh’s background features the service of others, both domestically and abroad. Josh has volunteered in Bolivia and El Salvador, taught English in Spain and took graduate courses in Colombia. In 2017, Josh traveled to Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria to help provide emergency aid and assistance to families. Most recently, Josh has served as a coach for Latino/a students entering college in the Boston area, providing them with wrap-around support to help them succeed inside and outside of the classroom.

Josh holds a B.A. from Endicott College in International Studies and an M.A. from Boston University in Latin American Studies. He speaks Spanish and intermediate Italian.

Joshua Bruno
Manager of Citizen Diplomacy Programs

Welcome to last month’s new and returning WorldBoston members: Joseph Antebi, Rayan Atallah, Kate Curran, Jason Dyett, James R. Moore, Adrienne Petrillo, Michael Pizziferri, and Catherine Zusy. Thank you, we appreciate your support! 

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The International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP) is the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program and WorldBoston’s main citizen diplomacy partner. Launched in 1940, the IVLP is a professional exchange program that seeks to build mutual understanding between the U.S. and other nations through carefully designed short-term visits to the U.S. for current and emerging foreign leaders. These visits reflect the International Visitors’ professional interests and support the foreign policy goals of the United States.

The U.S. Department of State’s bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs administers the IVLP. In doing so, the bureau enters cooperative agreements with National Program Agencies, a group of private, not-for-profit organizations based in Washington, D.C., that design and implement national IVLP itineraries. In addition to the National Program Agencies, the IVLP relies on the commitment and skills of local community organizations across the U.S., known as Community Based Members (CBMs). Under the professional association of Global Ties U.S., local CBM members develop professional programs, arrange cultural activities, and provide home hospitality for international visitors.

WorldBoston is part of the Global Ties Network of more than 90 CBMs in 45 states.

WorldBoston is a member of the World Affairs Councils of America, 
a network of more than 90 independent Councils in more than 40 states.

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