July 2023 at WorldBoston

July at WorldBoston

Dear Friends,

Wildfires. Economic decoupling. Nukes in Europe. Migrant deaths. Cyberwarfare.

And … summer networking? (See you tomorrow night at SIP Café?)

Yes! International engagement means understanding global situations and trends like those I just mentioned.

At WorldBoston it also means welcoming the world (and if you're lucky, traveling it). It means local professionals meeting with counterparts hailing from everywhere — from Italy to Indonesia, to Iraq. (And that's just the “I's” this month.) We know these individual connections are essential to the global cooperation we all want.

We'll meet again for networking in August, and then we'll return to more formal Global Engagement programs starting in September. In the meantime, we'll also continue with high season for citizen diplomacy visitors.

Summer is also the start of fundraising season. WorldBoston would not exist without generous organizations and individuals who donate and sponsor. Please help out with this effort.

We hope to see you soon,

Mary P. Yntema

President & CEO

Help WorldBoston bring the world to you!

As a non-profit organization, WorldBoston relies on community support to accomplish our mission: Foster engagement in international affairs and cooperation between people of all nations.

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Fundraising season has begun! We invite you to learn more about WorldBoston sponsorship and to consider supporting our mission. Learn more on our website here, or email WorldBoston President Mary Yntema.


Show Us Your Welcome to Boston: Networking Event

Tuesday, July 11, 5:30 – 7:30 PM

In-Person Event at SIP Café

What’s your welcome to Boston? Whether you’ve hosted international guests professionally or at home, or even just struck up a conversation with a tourist on the T, you are part of our city's welcome to the world!

International tourism is returning as a mighty force in the life of our region. (In 2019, nearly 3 million international tourists visited the Greater Boston area.) Tourism boosts business and also provides opportunities for all kinds of exchange.

Join us on July 11th, outside at the beautiful SIP Café, at this informal networking event to share how you want to welcome the world to Boston. Attendees will be entered into our raffle for the chance to win one of several great prizes! See the raffle prizes on our website here.



Come one, come all to our summer networking series! Whether or not you can join us on July 11th, mark your calendar for our second networking program on Thursday, August 24th. More information coming soon.

WorldBoston Event Reporting Opportunity

Interested in international affairs and journalism? Then volunteer to report on WorldBoston's Global Engagement events! We are seeking individuals to write a post about one of our public programs. The selected reporter will create an event recap for our website blog and amplified on social media. For more information and terms please email Natalie Mase, Director of Operations and Global Engagement Programs.

Be sure to check out our recent Event Recaps!

What in the World?

Our What in the World? weekly quiz is a collection of 10 questions designed to test your knowledge of international affairs and current events. Every Monday, a new quiz is posted on our Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram stories. If you would like to receive the quiz by email, please contact Natalie Mase to be added to our What in the World? mailing list. The quiz can also always be found in WorldBoston Recommends, our weekly Friday newsletter.

Trivia Trail-Blazers

Congratulations to the top scorers in June! They got nearly every question right on all quizzes. Our high scorers are:

  1. Ann Shaughnessy
  2. Henry Brier
  3. Grace B. Kalere
  4. Daniel Lyon
  5. Lucy Costa
  6. David Douglas
  7. Steven Shinkel
  8. Luz Fernandez
  9. Matthew Torrey
  10. Raoul Alcala

Monthly Prize Winner

When you take What in the World?, you are automatically entered into a raffle to win exclusive prizes. This month's prize winner is:

Linda Cheatham

Miss Something?

If you missed a quiz or would like to retake one, click on the links below.

Week of May 29

Week of June 5

Week of June 12

Week of June 19

Week of June 26

To learn more about Global Engagement, contact Natalie Mase, Director of Operations and Global Engagement Programs.

This July, WorldBoston hosts eight in-person projects through the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP).

Protecting Cultural Heritage through Innovation

A Project for Iraq

21st Century Changemakers: Preserving and Protecting Cultural Heritage and Identities

 A Regional Project for South and Central Asia

Ending Gender-Based Violence

A Regional Project for the Western Hemisphere

Countering Disinformation and Advancing Democratic Principles

 A Project for Italy

Minority and Marginalized Populations Activism for Inclusion

A Project for Indonesia

International Parental Child-Abduction-Related Issues

 A Project for Saudi Arabia

U.S. Legislative System – British-American Parliamentary Group (BAPG)

A Project for the United Kingdom

21st Century Changemakers: Engaging Youth in the Battle Against Disinformation

A Regional Project for Europe

We welcome your thoughts and ideas for in-person programming. If you have suggestions, please contact Vice President for Citizen Diplomacy, Sarah Sibley.

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

In the last edition of our Monthly Newsletter, we highlighted the group of 14 fellows who had recently arrived in Boston as part of the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative. In June, the fellows completed their fellowships in Boston and then traveled to Washington, DC, along with WorldBoston Director of Citizen Diplomacy Programs Josh Bruno, where they met with other YLAI fellows from around the country to share their experiences and close out their time in the U.S. It was a pleasure to get to know the fellows in our cohort during their month-long stay in Boston, and we’re delighted at the work they accomplished with their fellowship hosts.

Funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), and implemented by IREX and WorldBoston, the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Fellowship Program is the flagship program for emerging entrepreneurs and business leaders from the Western Hemisphere. To learn more about YLAI, visit YLAI.state.org.

Fulbright Visiting Scholars Program

In June, WorldBoston brought the 2022-2023 Fulbright Visiting Scholars Enrichment Program to a close with two engaging events. First, the Fulbrighters gathered at one of Boston’s most beautiful outdoor areas for a guided tour of the Harvard Arnold Arboretum. They had the opportunity not only to see the living collections during their walking tour, but also to learn about how the Arboretum supports research in laboratories both in Boston and around the world.

For the final event of the year, WorldBoston brought the Fulbright Scholars to the Perkins School for the Blind for a special tour with Head Librarian Jennifer Arnott. The Perkins School is a pioneer in disability-inclusive education, and the Scholars enjoyed discussing what educational opportunities exist for people with visual-impairments and other disabilities.

Though the summer months are quiet for the Fulbright Program, we look forward to engaging with a new group of Scholars in the fall!

This Fulbright Enrichment activity is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and supported in its implementation by the Institute of International Education (IIE), and WorldBoston.

Updates from the Office

This July, we welcome two new people to the WorldBoston team, as part of the Northeastern Cooperative Education Program.

Elena Castellini joins WorldBoston as Program Associate for Citizen Diplomacy and Global Engagement. Elena is a Northeastern University graduate student from Monaco. She graduated summa cum laude from Northeastern University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Affairs. She pursued research in environmental policy and immigration during an internship at the United Nations in Geneva, which reinforced her interests in diplomacy and international relations. Outside of academics, Elena is a passionate yoga and boxing instructor, and is the president of Northeastern CHAARG, a health and wellness club that aims to empower women through fitness. She enjoys biking around Boston, drinking teas from around the world, and teaching French, her first language, to her friends.

Mary Calabria joins WorldBoston has Program Associate of Outreach. Mary is a third-year student at Northeastern University pursuing a Communication and Media Studies major and an Environmental Studies minor. Most recently, she has worked as a Teaching Assistant for Communication Theory at Northeastern University. She has also worked as a volunteer at the Global Center for Climate Justice in Boston, as well as an Environmental Interpreter for the DuPage County Forest Preserve near her hometown Chicago, Illinois. Mary began her studies at Northeastern abroad in London, and has always had a passion for learning about other cultures and International Affairs. In her free time, she enjoys doing yoga, attending concerts, and spending time outside.

Check your inbox every Friday for WorldBoston Recommends – our staff picks for high-quality virtual programs on global topics in the coming week.

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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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