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Visiting groups march 2019
March will be a big month for Citizen Diplomacy at WorldBoston. This month we welcome visitors from 12 different delegations! Check below to see all the different places the visitors are traveling from and what the objectives are of their visits!
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American Language and Multicultural Diversity
Enhance the participants’ understanding of American culture and history as context for English language education;
Showcase the regional and ethnic variations and the distributions within the U.S. of English language dialects;
Discuss shared challenges for English language teachers;
Observe language teachers and students in K‑12 classroom settings and exchange views with teachers on pedagogical methodology; and
Discuss issues with educational policy makers at the national, state, and local levels.
Protecting Soft Targets Against Terrorist Attacks
Explore U.S. efforts to prevent and respond to terrorist actions;
Examine international cooperation in combating terrorism;
Evaluate terrorism prevention programs;
Examine inter-agency efforts to identify and protect soft targets through law enforcement, intelligence and military collaboration models;
Examine civil rights laws.
Small Business Development
Highlight the economic, political, and social factors that influence and encourage the development of small businesses, entrepreneurship and innovation in the United States;
Demonstrate the impact of U.S. small businesses on the local, regional, national, and global economies;
Illustrate the role of governmental, nongovernmental, public-private partnerships, universities, corporations and grassroots organizations in fostering and supporting business creation and growth; and
Examine trends in small business concepts, financing, management, operations and marketing.
Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists: New and Traditional Broadcast Media
Review the history and importance of press freedom in the United States;
Examine the structure, practices, and future of broadcast journalism in the United States;
Illustrate how new technologies shape the way news is gathered, reported, distributed and consumed;
Explore the crucial role of responsibility and accuracy in reporting in a democracy;
Examine the efforts of fact checking groups;
Examine how broadcast media influences and reflects American society;
Demonstrate the influence of social media and digital technologies on how citizens use and share information; and
Explore the current and potential contributions of broadcasting to the formation of an informed citizenry within a diverse, democratic, and decentralized society
Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management
Regional Project: Near East and North Africa
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; and
Explore public‑private partnerships and programs that help communities heal from the trauma of disasters by offering leadership, restoring hope, and strengthening recovery plans.
Economic Revitalization through Public Private Partnerships
Regional Project: Europe
Demonstrate the contribution of public-private partnerships in local economic development in a variety of sectors, including business, infrastructure development, energy, the environment, education, and tourism;
Explore how government bodies identify opportunities for public-private partnerships, structure public-private partnerships contracts, monitor project management and development, and review and evaluate a project’s success;
Review the role of business and the nonprofit sector in fostering innovative and efficient public-private relationships; and
Examine how U.S. companies utilize their relationships with the public sector to promote community development and corporate citizenship in U.S. society.
Physical Education in American Schools
Meet with professionals engaged in girls’ physical education, including curriculum development, student testing, teacher training, and program design;
Discuss and observe teacher training for activities ranging from recess supervision to sports safety, events planning and management, and details about various sports;
Visit programs at schools of education that prepare future physical education teachers and offer training for current physical education teachers;
Examine collaborative efforts and public private partnerships including government, community organizations/NGOs, and the business sector that support physical education programs for girls;
Discuss federal laws in place to encourage participation of girls and women in sports and to ensure access for underrepresented populations; and
Observe community sports programs aimed at empowering girls and women.
Mental and Physical Disabilities
Learn how Americans develop and implement appropriate speech and language therapy programs for special needs individuals;
Examine methods and ideologies that aim to improve social inclusion for people with special needs;
Acquire knowledge on U.S. education policies implemented for people with disabilities and mental health patients; and
Identify strategies that can be used to counter the stigma associated with physical and mental disabilities.
Rule of Law and Judicial Reform
Examine the underlying principles of the U.S. judicial and legal systems and their basis in the Constitution and the rule of law;
Familiarize participants with the federal and state judicial systems for both criminal and civil matters under the U.S. model of federalism;
Demonstrate the workings of an independent judiciary and the advancement of fair, transparent, accessible, and independent judiciaries around the world;
Observe trials, other court procedures, and court administration at the federal, state, and local levels;
Review the interaction of the legal system between law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, and courts; and
Explore measures to protect victims.
Promoting Pluralism and Tolerance Across Religious Divides
To understand how Muslim and other faith-based organizations organize to play a positive role in American civil society;
To discuss best practices for building communities’ resilience to conflict across religious, ethnic, racial, or political divides;
To gain an appreciation of the role that separation of Church and State plays in protecting each U.S. citizen’s rights, with a special emphasis on the dynamism and diversity of Muslim-American communities and civil society organizations that thrive across the United States;
To observe how U.S. civil society organizations (CSOs) unite citizens across religious and other divides in local, state, and national policy advocacy;
To develop an understanding of how the United States deals with hate crime and hate speech;
To identify concrete ways to support U.S.-Indonesian cooperation on promoting global tolerance and respect for diversity; and
To network and share best practices with leaders of relevant government entities and civil society organizations.
U.S. Foreign Policy Decision-Making and International Affairs Journalism
Explore best practices in international affairs journalism from U.S.-based media professionals focused on foreign policy issues;
Examine the U.S. foreign policy decision-making process, the domestic political pressures that shape it, and the players that implement it;
Build a network of professional contacts in the U.S. and Russian foreign policy think tank and academic community.
International Women of Courage Awardee 2019
On March 7, 2019, the U.S. Department of State will present the 2019 Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award to a group of extraordinary women from around the world. The award recognizes women around the globe who have demonstrated exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for peace, justice, human rights, gender equality, and women’s empowerment, often at great personal risk. Boston will be hosting one of these Awardees for three days of professional exchange and global connection.