FY 2022 Educational and Cultural Exchange Budget
Citizen Diplomacy International of Philadelphia is a member of the national Global Ties U.S. network that advocates for funding on our behalf.
Every November, we need your help to advocate for a robust and timely Educational and Cultural Exchange Budget, during International Education Week, November 15-19.
Every Spring, Congress agrees on the FY omnibus spending bill after weeks of negotiations. This bill funds educational and cultural exchange (ECE) programs at $753 million. This is a $12.7 million increase from FY21 enacted level, and an $11.7 million increase from the Biden Administration’s funding request.
The request for FY 2023 remains at $1.1 billion.
The Dear Colleague letter from Senator Cory Booker’s office to the Senate Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs—requesting $1.1 billion for U.S. Department of State educational and cultural exchange programs in the Fiscal Year 2023—ended up with 36 signers (34 Ds, 2 Is). This includes 1 new signer and 5 signers that did not sign last year but joined prior-year letters.
Thank you to those of you who encouraged your Senators to sign on, as well as to those who encouraged support for the House letter in an earlier campaign this spring.
The Alliance for International Exchange has provided these links for more details:
Afghan Exchange Alumni Advocacy Efforts
As many of you know, the fall of the Afghan government to the Taliban in August has led to a historic humanitarian crisis, which has affected scores of Afghan alumni of U.S.-sponsored exchange programs, including International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) alumni. Global Ties U.S. is working with the Alliance for International Exchange on a Task Force for continued advocacy efforts for these severely at-risk Afghans to find safety.
Citizen Diplomacy received $100,000 in the FY23 City of Philadelphia Budget!
Thank you for all your hard work and for sharing your stories!
We are amazed and touched by the hundreds of emails Citizen Diplomats shared as you advocated for Citizen Diplomacy to City Council.
We couldn't have done this without you!!
So thank you again for the time you spent phoning and emailing, and for all the support you consistently show throughout the year to strengthen Citizen Diplomacy.
Every time you meet with an international visitor and welcome them into your home for dinner or to your office for a meeting, you show the world the real Philadelphia. You make a difference in how the United States is viewed around the world.
(It is just 42% of pre-pandemic funding and leaves a large need for a local match. But we are excited to know that City Council and Mayor Kenney agree that international is critical to recovery!)