Citizen diplomacy is the concept that every global citizen has the right, even the responsibility, to engage across cultures and create shared understanding through meaningful person-to-person interactions. Citizen diplomacy is recognized as a powerful force in building and sustaining a secure, economically sound, and socially interconnected world. Participants will learn how they can be a citizen diplomat in order to help international visitors, scholars, and students learn about the US and experience American values. Participants will learn how together we can help create a more peaceful and prosperous world “one handshake at a time”.
This session will involve a panel of international students and study abroad alum to discuss their experience living in a foreign country and adjusting to a new culture. There will also be small group discussions to reflect on a time they were abroad or out of their comfort zone and what they gained from this experience. Participants will learn about RGC services and programs such as the Friendship Volunteer program and how they can incorporate citizen diplomacy in their everyday life.
Session Goals and Outcomes Learn and reflect on the challenges and experiences of being in a new country and adjusting to a new environment and culture Learn about the skills and tools needed to be effective citizen diplomats in order to help promote cultural understanding and shape positive U.S. foreign relations Understand the positive impacts of engaging with people from other cultures in order to break down barriers and stereotypes It's an opportunity to sign up to be a Friendship Volunteer or home hospitality host for international students and international visitors in Rochester.
Cecelia Johnson, Executive Director for Rochester Global Connections & Graduate Student in the Public Administration Program, The College at Brockport
Study Abroad Students
Cecelia Johnson started as the Executive Director for Rochester Global Connections in April 2015. Currently, Cecelia is a candidate for a Master Degree in Public Administration at The College at Brockport. Since graduating Ithaca College (2010) with a BA in Sociology, Cecelia served two years of AmeriCorps service: one year in West Virginia, working for a homeless prevention program and a second year in Rochester working as an Upward Bound advisor for a college prep program. In 2013, Cecelia joined Rochester Global Connections as a Friendship Volunteer and started as the International Insights Coordinator in 2014.