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International Exchange Alumni Newsletter, October 2012
International Exchange Alumni
HighlightsMember of the MonthAlumni News & Opportunities
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HIGHLIGHTS
Deputy Assistant Secretary Robin LernerVIP Video Webchat: Coming to Study or Teach at a US High School
Are you a high school student interested in coming to study in the USA?  Or are you a high school teacher who is interested in coming to teach in the USA?  Do you know a student or teacher interested in coming to the USA to study or teach? Then tune in on October 10 at 8:30am EDT (Washington, D.C. time) for our next State Alumni VIP Webchat and meet with the State Department Deputy Assistant Secretary for Private Sector Exchange Robin Lerner.  She’ll talk to you about the J-1 visa programs that bring students and teachers to the USA and answer your questions. Can’t watch the event live? Submit your question here in advance of the chat. Remember, the world can watch, but only alumni can ask questions!
2012 CNN Heroes: Catalina Escobar (Fortune, 2012) and Pushpa Basnet (IVLP, 2012)IVLP and Fortune Alumnae Nominated as CNN Heroes of 2012
On September 24, CNN announced its Top 10 CNN Heroes of 2012, two of whom are alumnae of ECA exchange programs!  Catalina Escobar is a Colombian alumna of the 2012 Fortune/U.S. State Department Global Women`s Mentoring Partnership Program.  She was nominated for the CNN Hero award for her work with pregnant teenage girls from vulnerable populations in Colombia.  Pushpa Basnet is a Nepalese alumna of the 2012 International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) on the topic of volunteerism.  She was nominated for the CNN Hero award in recognition of her work to provide housing, education, and medical care to more than 140 children of incarcerated parents.  Each Top 10 CNN Hero has received a $50,000 grant to further their work.  Additionally, one hero will be named “CNN Hero of the Year” during a live broadcast on CNN on Sunday, Dec. 2 and will receive an additional $250,000 to continue her work.  Visit CNN.com to learn more about the outstanding work of these alumnae!
Safak Pavey continues her fight for the rights of the disabled with her appointment to the UN Human Rights Committee.Turkish Alumna Appointed to UN Human Rights Committee
International Women of Courage Award winner Safak Pavey was elected on September 13 to be a member of the UN Human Rights Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Prior to her election, Pavey, who lost an arm and leg in a train accident while studying in Switzerland, served as the Deputy of Istanbul and was the first disabled woman elected to the Turkish Parliament. With this appointment to the UN Human Rights Committee, she also becomes the first Turkish Parliamentarian to be elected to the UN body.  In March 2012, Pavey was awarded the prestigious Secretary of State’s Award for International Women of Courage which annually recognizes women around the globe who have shown exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for women’s rights and empowerment, often at great personal risk.

STATE ALUMNI MEMBER OF THE MONTH
State Alumni Member of the Month, Lokman Erturk.Lokman Erturk, a Turkish alumnus of the 2006 International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) on the theme of Municipal Governance and Intergovernmental Relations in the U.S., is the October State Alumni Member of the Month. Lokman participated in the IVLP program during his first term as mayor of Kazan, a district of Ankara.  Since returning to Kazan from his exchange, Lokman has initiated infrastructure and economic development projects that have made it one of the fastest growing districts in Ankara. Read more...


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