What We Do
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.”
Become part of bringing the world closer together.
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.
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.
We were so fortunate to have two groups from Algeria from the 15th of September with the last departure on the 23rd. Each group was here for Border Security, one was an IVLP program and one was a Department of Defense, CBP program. There groups were absolutely delightful! Ready to learn, welcome the interaction with Read more about Two Algerian Groups in one week[…]
Journalists from 10 different countries in South and Central America (plus Cuba) were in Tucson to visit those in different areas of journalism. Fortunately Tucson has great resources with a wide variety of professionals willing to share their time and knowledge with the visitors. Here the group met with Bobby Rich and Greg Curtis Wakefield Read more about Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists – New and Traditional Broadcast Media[…]
In August we had a group from Morocco visiting the Customs and Border Patrol offices in Nogales and Tucson. The trip to Nogales covered the Mariposa Port of Entry where they were shown how the commercial traffic is handled at this location. In the month of June (last numbers posted) 38,031 container trucks passed through Read more about Morocco Department of Defense Program[…]
For 10 years Chancellor Lambert was a strong supporter of Citizen Diplomacy Alliance and the work that we do to bring people together. Sharing his knowledge with not only us but with the visitors on numbers occasions. We will miss him but know that the college he is going to is gaining an experienced, compassionate, Read more about Farewell to Chancellor Lambert[…]
Ambassador Clark began her talk by expressing her gratitude to CDA and our involvement with the International Visitors’ Leadership Programs (IVLP). She reiterated that: “It is the best program that we (The U.S. Department of State) have to create a bond and mutual understanding between the U.S. and other countries.” She referred to the Young African Read more about U.S. Ambassador to Burkina Faso, Sandra E. Clark[…]
CDA was fortunate enough to have 3 different groups in this past week (into this week). Mexico, Uzbekistan, and Kazakhstan! Great people, great groups and interesting topics. Illegal Migration, Women for Social and Economic Change and Combatting Gender Based Violence. Starting out with Mexico and the Women or Social and Economic Change was Maria Cardenas, Read more about Crazy Busy Week for CDA!![…]
Program for Venezuela The group was welcomed to Nogales, AZ for the day, this was a one day visit following their time in Phoenix. Manny Ruiz, Supervisor for Santa Cruz County met with the group at the County offices and shared a number of experiences with them. Supervisor Ruiz has presented to a number of Read more about Transparency and Accountability in State and Local Government[…]
We want to thank the Mexican Consulate, and Consul General Rafael Durazo, for hosting our meeting again this year. Their partnership with CDA, friendship and involvement are valuable to being able to do so much. We also want to thank those that presented to the group. First off is our President, Patricia Houston, who did Read more about 2023 Annual Meeting[…]
It is always fun to join the visitors at the Monetary Court Cafe for a mixer with the members of CDA and the community. Last night, May 5, 2023, we had the opportunity to visit with our visitors from Congo, Democratic republic of Congo, Ghana, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, South Sudan, Tunisia and their Read more about Regional African Mixer[…]
On February 2 the Consulate of Mexico held a showing of art by three photographers from Southern Arizona, two from Mexico. The art was well displayed and the art was revealing in its depth of capturing the many different areas of interest. First shown at Pima Community College Bernard Art Center the sharing with the Read more about Consulate of Mexico Art Exhibit[…]