Remembering Three Decades of Citizen Diplomacy

After more than three decades of service to international exchange, the Global Ties Network, and thousands of international alumni, Michelle Wilson of Global Ties Akron retires this year.

Her Reflections on Her Career

The Impact of CDAF

Learn how U.S. exchange program alumni are making an impact on communities in the United States and abroad through the Citizen Diplomacy Action Fund (CDAF).


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2024 Photo Contest

Congratulations to this year’s photo contest winners. These eight photos were recognized by the 2024 review committee for their powerful depictions of citizen diplomacy and people-to-people engagement.

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States Served

We foster connections that break down borders, shatter stereotypes, and create a more peaceful, prosperous world.  

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“I am convinced that increased participation by dedicated Americans in international exchanges will help to achieve our common hope for a durable and just peace.”

President John F. Kennedy, 1961 Learn More