What We Do
Would you like to serve as a citizen diplomat and host foreign leaders visiting Southern Arizona? The Citizen Diplomacy Alliance offers unique opportunities to engage in citizen diplomacy with participants in the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program and other exchanges.
The Citizen Diplomacy Alliance for International Visitors serves participants in the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program and other exchanges, building person-to-person relationships “one handshake at a time.”
Calendar of Events
Please join us for any of our wonderful community events. Remember to check back often as we are developing new opportunities with new friends around the globe!
Become part of bringing the world closer together.
Who We Are
administered by the U.S. Department of State annually brings to the United States approximately 5,000 foreign nationals from all over the world to meet and confer with their professional counterparts and to experience America firsthand. The visitors, who are selected by United States Foreign Service Officers overseas, are current or potential leaders in government, politics, the media, education, the arts, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), business and other fields.
In charge of building the international community.
In charge of building the international community.
Maria Vianey Valdez-Cardenas (our treasurer) honored with the Community and Student Leadership Awards.
On March 7, 2020 Maria Vianey Valdez-Cardenas (our treasurer) was honored among a list of others by Pima County with the Community and Student Leadership Awards. Ramon Valadez, District 2, presented the awards to the recipients. Congratulations to Maria for all her work for the community and the world! Pat Watson and Maria Vianey Valdez-Cardenas, Read more about Maria Vianey Valdez-Cardenas (our treasurer) honored with the Community and Student Leadership Awards.[…]
February 27 – March 3, 2020 Another of our programs is done and the group has departed but what a great group! The visitors were from The Bahamas, Bulgaria, Croatia, Hong Kong, S.A.R., Kuwait, Malawi, Malaysia. Mozambique, Nepal, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Turkey. The visitor from Poland truly enjoyed the opportunity, at the mixer, Read more about Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists – Research and Investigation[…]
What an amazing group of super nice visitors that came to Tucson Feb. 18 – 22, 2020. Countries represented were Chad; Lebanon; Morocco; Palestinian Territories and Tunisia. On Friday night, the night before the departure Citizen Diplomacy Alliance hosted a mixer with the group at Monterey Court Café on the patio. Although the weather was Read more about Rule of Law and the U.S. Judicial System – Near East Program[…]
Citizen Diplomacy Alliance hosted visitors from Kyrgyz Republic in November. The group was here to study Editorial Process for Print and Online Media. These upper level media people were fortunate enough to meet with some top level media people while in Tucson. Associate Professor at the University of Arizona Journalism School, Jeannine Relly, met with Read more about Citizen Diplomacy Alliance hosted visitors from Kyrgyz Republic in November.[…]
Tucson was the host for a group of Young Pacific Leaders from Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Marshall Islands and New Zealand. The group visited the Pascua Yaqui Police Department with Lieutenant Elizabeth Esparza to discuss immigration issues and other areas the police encounter on the reservation. Greg Watson of the University of Read more about The Young Pacific Leaders[…]
On September 13 we were fortunate enough to meet our group of Disability Coaches from Russia that were here on an Open World program. The purpose was to expose them to the systems and equipment used by the Disability Coaches and teams in Tucson. This group was as diverse in personalities as it was Read more about Disability Coaches from Russia[…]
Citizen Diplomacy Alliance was pleased to host a group from the Middle East that were here studying “Women in Politics and Civil Society”. The group met with both men and women in the political world and leaders in education and law enforcement. This delightful group of women were a joy to host! We want to Read more about Wonderful Group![…]
In July 2019 Citizen Diplomacy Alliance, in partnership with the US Consulate in Nogales, Sonora, began a 5 week (Saturday) program for 15 7 & 8th grade girls in Nogales, Sonora on STEM. Alma Peralta, board member of Citizen Diplomacy Alliance, headed up this project. She lined up the programs, attended all the sessions and Read more about The Sonoran Grant Project[…]
At one of our board meetings we took a second to snap a picture of our board members. These dedicated people make the events and programs that we do possible.
In June Pat and her husband, Greg, joined other friends and family for a cruise on the Danube. What this did for Pat was to allow her to see some of the countries that she hadn’t traveled to but have hosted visitors from here in the IVLP program. We were in German, Austria, Hungry ,with Read more about Opportunity to visit Europe[…]