February 02, 2023

Letter from the Director February 2023

Dear Friends of Utah Global Diplomacy,

Wow! With January already gone, the Utah Global Diplomacy team has hit the ground running with one delegation already hosted and five more delegations in the pipeline in February and March. (Psst, watch for home hosting opportunities coming in abundance! And if you want to get on a waiting list now, feel free to email Ahmad Afzali.) 

Additionally, we are hosting our first Ambassador John Price & Marcia Price World Affairs Symposium Series: The Future of Refugees in Utah. Join us for this free and public event. Our expert guest speakers will examine current, and future refugee resettlement policies, how to improve integration between the welcome community and refugee communities, and the benefits refugees bring to the local community.

And, calling all high school students, don’t miss our Academic WorldQuest competition, where student teams compete in this fierce but fun global trivia competition, answering questions about food insecurity, economic sanctions, Ethiopia, Autocracy vs. Democracy, and global wildlife. The first-place team will travel to Washington, D.C., to compete at the national competition. 

I bring up these Utah Global Diplomacy programs and services because our team has been thinking a lot about our elevator pitch - our short description that shares what we do in such a way that someone can understand in a short time who we are and what we do. 

In the most straightforward phrase, Utah Global Diplomacy connects people from around the world with Utah through our international exchange programs, cultural engagement activities, and youth and young adults world affairs programs to promote mutual respect and understanding. We are building worldwide connections in Utah one handshake at a time. 

For a small 57-year-old nonprofit, we are doing significant work in Utah, and we are grateful that you spend your valuable time, talents, and money to support our mission, programs, and services. Thank you! 

Felecia Maxfield-Barrett
Executive Director