Citizen Diplomats are.. Community Connectors


Modelling Diversity and Multiculturalism

The Philadelphia chapter of 100 Black Men hosted 10 community leaders and activists from Africa to examine the impact of multiculturalism on political life in the U.S. They discussed the history of the Civil Rights Movement, its role in fostering tolerance, and the organization’s model of family and individual mentoring programs and after-school and weekend activities. Said English teacher Jean-Jacques from Gabon, “Shame on me if I go back to my country and do not try to replicate some of what I have learned and seen here in Philadelphia! Thank you for the opportunity to discover new possibilities. I am inspired and have regained hope.”

Investigating Innovations Abroad

Ricardo Calderon, Philadelphia’s director of youth engagement, travelled to our Sister City Frankfurt, Germany to participate in a professional development fellowship. Ricardo met with the Frankfurt Youth and Social Welfare Office and the Department of Integration and Education. He visited Gymnasium Riedberg, one of the high schools partnered for Sister City High School exchanges with Philadelphia. To see how our Sister City has redeveloped its own industrial areas,
Ricardo also visited Atelier Naxoshalle, a former factory building converted to house cultural events and artist studios.

Sustaining Sister City Relationships

In June, 20 South Korean delegates from Philadelphia’s Sister City, Incheon, visited Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell — sites key to the formation of the United States. A tour of the National Constitution Center provided background and added color to the history behind creating the U.S. Constitution. Later in the afternoon, they visited Reading Terminal Market and the Convention Center to explore the local arts and produce and re-emphasized their ongoing relationship to the Sister City by visiting the sculpture that Incheon donated to Philadelphia.

Recent Articles

2022 Global Ties U.S. National Meeting: Moving Exchange Forward

May 9, 2022

In March 2022, team members of Citizen Diplomacy listened to Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken’s video remarks during the 2022 Global Ties U.S. National Meeting. Secretary Blinken, and leadership from the Bureau of Education…

Stories of Citizen Diplomacy: Connecting Philadelphia to the World

March 9, 2022

Over the past few days, many of you have reached out about the tragedy unfolding in Ukraine, sharing stories of past exchanges and updates from visitors you have hosted, as we all try to make…

Stories of Citizen Diplomacy: Connecting Philadelphia to the World

January 21, 2022

Citizen Diplomacy International of Philadelphia has received a $16,000 grant from PA Humanities as part of its $1.4 million recovery and growth program. Called PA SHARP (Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan), the…

Stories of Citizen Diplomacy: Connecting Philadelphia to the World

January 17, 2022

South Asian a cappella group Penn Masala has been selected to represent the Philadelphia area as a cultural performer at the USA Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai. The University of Pennsylvania group is one of 84 acts chosen from 506…

Words of Inspiration about Inclusive Leadership

December 13, 2021

In December’s Diplomacy and Dialogue, we sat down with two influential women, Rotem Cohen Kahlon and Uva Coles, and learned about how they’re advocating for Inclusive Leadership in their lives and what it’s like working…

Scroll to Top