Since the early 1980’s International House’s Citizen Diplomacy Program has brought thousands of international leaders to Charlotte. With varying areas of professional expertise including banking and finance, energy, healthcare, small business development, arts and culture, entrepreneurship and government, these individuals have aided the expansion of Charlotte’s cultural, educational and economic diversity. Our community has grown and transformed into an internationally diverse region. Through our Citizen Diplomacy Program, community members have become “Citizen Diplomats” helping to shape U.S. foreign relations one handshake at a time. Through our U.S. State Department sponsored international exchanges, our programs have helped local businesses learn how to better compete in a global marketplace and connected local government members to their overseas counterparts, sharing best practices and finding solutions to common challenges.

Upcoming Groups

  • August 21-24: Combating Human Trafficking

    Combating Human Trafficking The delegation includes representatives from Kyrgyzstan working in to reduce human trafficking's presence in the country.
  • August 28-31: Minority and NGO Participation

    Minority and NGO Participation The delegation includes representatives from Mexico, Guatemala, and El Salvador. The program aims to share best practices on ways to foster greater political participation and representation for indigenous groups.
  • September 14-17: Rule of Law

    Rule of Law This delegation includes representatives from several countries in Africa. The program will look at local government, election processes, and investigating financial crimes.
  • September 18-21: Digital Economy

    Digital Economy This delegation will meet with both private and public-sector representatives from the information and communications technology arena. They will also focus on US efforts to combat cybercrime and respond to cybersecurity threats.
  • October 25-28: Current US Issues

    Current US Issues The delegation includes representatives from several countries in Europe. They will examine political, economic and social issues at federal, state and local levels.
  • October 10-17: Civic Activism

    Civic Activism The delegation will explore the interplay among special interest groups, local communities, and the media and how these actors influence the public agenda, including through new technologies.
  • October 22-26: Women in STEAM

    Women in STEAM The delegation includes woman leaders from several countries in Africa. The program objectives include examining Charlotte groups looking to get young women involved in STEAM and develop leadership skills in them.

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"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