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.”
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.
On September 3rd at 9:00 AM CDA Zoomed with U.S. Ambassador Phillip Goldberg, live from the Embassy in Bogotá Colombia, the fourth in our on-going series of World Watch meetings with U.S. Ambassadors abroad. The Ambassador spoke about current conditions in Colombia in terms of the pandemic and the complex repatriation of 15,000 U.S. citizens Read more about World Watch: Zooming in on Colombia with Ambassador Phillip Goldberg.[…]
Pat Watson met with Consul General Durazo, Deputy Consul General Montiel of the Mexican Consulate in Tucson. Consul General Durazo and Deputy Consul General Montiel both assured Pat that Citizen Diplomacy Alliance is welcome to continue to use the Mexican Consulate for gatherings once the COVID 19 pandemic has passed. Both of these gentlemen are Read more about Mexican Consulate in Tucson[…]
The Ambassador spoke to us via zoom on July 9 and shared his experiences in Guatemala and Venezuela. He is now at the National defense University (until his next posting). Ambassador Robinson is the current Director of the International Student Management Office. He last served as Senior Advisor for Central America in the Bureau of Read more about Ambassador Todd Robinson[…]
Ambassador Todd Robinson, July 9 at 1 p.m. MST (Arizona). Ambassador Robinson will talk about Nicaragua. To register email: email@example.com
Save the Date! Please join us for a virtual conversation about current economic, political and cultural issues Hosted by Citizen Diplomacy Alliance When: Tuesday, June 23, 2020 Time: 9:00 a.m. Please register with Pat Watson to be admitted to the Zoom Session Pat Watson Executive Director Citizen Diplomacy Alliance www.cdalliance.us firstname.lastname@example.org 520-668-6073
A fter retiring in 2003, I moved to Tucson to earn an MA in Higher Education and complete coursework to-ward a Ph.D. that opened many doors in academia. Since 2004, I have had the privilege of working at Pima Community College in a num-ber of capacities, including ad-vising and teaching for-credit Student Success classes. I also Read more about Life After the Foreign Service: The View from Tucson[…]
Southern Arizona, Tucson, and the Citizen Diplomacy Alliance have lost a vital, insightful and delightful friend. We stop to remember Charles T. (Punch) Woods, a member of our Advisory Committee and longtime active member of the Alliance through the years. As the former Executive Director of the Community Food Bank, he was ardent advocate for Read more about In Memoriam[…]
With COVID-19 causing such a huge impact on everyone we want to take a minute to tell you what we are going to be working on to keep you informed on how this has impacted the life of our future and past visitors. We are sending out emails to our previous visitors and asking them Read more about CITIZEN DIPLOMACY ALLIANCE 2019/2020[…]
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[…]