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Diplomacy Begins Here Summit @ The Omni

Let us think of the International House as the means of developing our abilities. Cause in every participant there's a strong potential and will enough to make positive changes into the world that he belongs to.

-- Judge Dany Zeeny Deputy Military Prosecutor Deputy State Commissionaire to the Military Tribunal, Ministry of Defense - Lebanon


International House and the Citizen Diplomacy Department are one of the community-based members of Global Ties, serving as a global hub for our community.


We are implementers for the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), the U.S. State Departments premier professional exchange program.

Through short-term visits to the United States, current and emerging foreign leaders in a variety of fields experience this country firsthand and cultivate lasting relationships with their American counterparts.


Professional meetings reflect the participants’ professional interests and support the foreign policy goals of the United States.


Launched in 2015, the U.S. Department of State’s Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) empowers emerging business and social entrepreneurs from across Latin America, the Caribbean, Canada, and the United States, to realize the full economic potential of the region’s citizens.


Combining an annual fellowship, an active online network, and continuing activities organized by U.S. Embassies and Consulates, YLAI fosters prosperity, inclusive development, and democratic values. Specifically, YLAI addresses the opportunity gap for young people, especially women, equipping them to transform their societies.


A speaker series, sponsored by YP@IH, delegates from around the world address global issues locally. 


Previous Global Perspective topics: 

  • Black History as well as the global social and political impact of black movements

  • The importance of voter education and participation

  • Minority Participation in the Democratic Process”


Each year the Citizen Diplomacy Department recruits interns to aid International House, under the auspices of the U.S. State Department, to facilitate the exchange of foreign leaders into the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area to experience local business and community resources first hand.


Interns will work alongside the Citizen Diplomacy staff to prepare professional and cultural programs for visiting foreign professionals. Interns will receive ongoing training in the areas of citizen diplomacy, cross-cultural competency, international relations, and community outreach and partnership building.

Our 2021 Impact


Countries Represented by International Visitors


International Visitors Hosted


Local Community Members Impacted

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