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International Exchange Alumni Newsletter, April 2012

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Bangladesh Fulbright alumnus and Nobel Laureate, Muhammad Yunus.

Proposal Submission Phase of AEIF Ends!

The proposal submission phase of the 2012 Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) competition has ended. This year’s competition brought in more than 700 proposals from thousands alumni from more than 115 countries.  An internal review of the submitted proposals will now begin in order to select those teams that will make it to the final round of the competition.  The finalist teams will be announced in mid April. While teams will not be able to edit their proposals during this review phase, proposals will remain available for review and comment. Log on to State Alumni now to read and comment on the various proposals. You never know what ideas you might get or what interesting people you might find!

Ricardo Vanela, REAL President, toast with Ambassaor Martinez and Alma Candelaria of the Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs 

Bangladesh Fulbright Alumnus and Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus Inspires Youth Leaders

On February 17, 2012, Fulbright Program alumnus and recipient of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize Muhammad Yunus met with more than 50 attendees of the South Asian Youth Leaders' Summit 2012: Building Prosperity. This summit, organized by of the AEIF-funded South Asian Youth Society, seeks to develop and encourage the next generation of leaders in Bangladesh. Yunus, known as the “Banker for the Poor”, shared his belief in the concept of social business and challenged the participants to think big, stating “One day people dreamed of flying and during the time it was the most absurd idea. Now people are flying. So let’s dream something absurd for the welfare of the society and one day it will happen!” Read more>

Launch of Argentine IVLP Alumni Association

On March 27 and 28, 2012, the Argentina American Network for Leadership (REAL- Red Argentino Americana para el Liderazgo) was launched in collaboration with the U.S. Embassy.  More than 150 International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) alumni attended the event at the Ambassador's residence, where the Public Affairs Counselor Marcia Bosshardt gave opening remarks and welcomed Alma Candelaria, director of the IVLP program at the Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Over the two days, the alumni participated in several panels as speakers and moderators on various topics such as: upcoming elections in the United States and possible scenarios and their impact on relations with Argentina, freedom of the press and judicial independence, social inclusion and English as a tool for global insertion, bilateral challenges in international business, investment and competitiveness, and feeding the world in a sustainable manner. Ambassador Vilma Martinez congratulated the alumni for establishing the alumni association and a letter from Secretary Hilary Rodham Clinton was read by Bosshardt. The alumni gathered at the event participated in IVLP as far back as the 1970's up to 2012 and came from ten different provinces. The event ended with discussion about future REAL events and alumni received certificates. Read more>


State Alumni Member of the Month, Chrstine Campbell 

IVLP alumna Christine Campbell of The Bahamas has been selected as the U.S. Department of State’s Alumni Member of the Month for April 2012 in recognition of her advocacy and support of women’s issues as well as her efforts in youth education and empowerment.  Campbell participated twice in the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) – first in 1987 on the topic of drug abuse prevention and education and again in 2001 on the topic of HIV/AIDS prevention and education.  She currently serves as the government of The Bahamas’ First Assistant Secretary of the Ministry of Labor and Social Development and Office in Charge of the Bureau of Women’s Affairs. Read more>


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Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) Blogs

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Prominent Alumni

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