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International Exchange Alumni Newsletter, August 2012

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Alumni speaking at donation ceremony

Hubert H. Humphrey Association Makes Humanitarian Assistance Food Donation to Displaced Malians
On July 14, 2012 the Hubert H. Humphrey Association of Mali donated 22 tons of rice, 6 tons of flour and 35 boxes of aqua tabs for water purification to internally displaced populations from northern Mali currently in the region of Mopti.Following the occupation of the three regions in the north of Mali by the separatist group MNLA and by extremist groups associated with Al Qaeda in the Islamic Magreb and other drug traffickers, the Hubert H. Humphrey Alumni Association of Mali brought its assistance to the displaced populations in the regions of Mopti. The assistance was made possible by a grant from the US Embassy and contributions by the members of the association. During the donation ceremony, the governor and the Mayor of Mopti showed their gratitude to the members of the association and thanked the US Embassy and the American people for their generosity towards the displaced populations.

Nobel Prize Recipient Tawakkul Karman

Yemeni Alumni Appointed to Key Roles in Transition
On July 14, 2012, Yemeni President Hadi appointed five U.S. Government-sponsored exchange program alumni to serve on the Preparatory Committee for the National Dialogue. The alumni included Dr. Abdulkarim al-Eryani (Fulbright), Dr. Saleh Ali Ba-Surrah (International Visitor Leadership Program [IVLP]), Nobel Peace Prize recipient Tawakkul Karman (IVLP), Nasr Taha Mustafa (IVLP), and Tammam Bashraheel (IVLP).In addition, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House, selected four alumni youth activists to participate in tour of Washington and New York between September 24 – October 6, 2012. These youth leaders will interact with decision-makers, opinion-formers, and the American public to better inform the debates taking place about international policy towards Yemen and will also increase youth activists’ understanding of the decision-making processes in the international policy arena. The alumni include Gabool al Mutawakel (IVLP), Alkhatab al Rawhani (IVLP), Areej Haidar (English Access Microscholarship Program [Access]), and Farea al Muslimi (Access & Kennedy-Lugar Youth and Exchange Study Program).

Secretary Clinton meets Do Minh Thuy, August State Alumni Member of the Month

Vietnamese Fulbright Alumnae Meet Secretary Clinton 
HANOI, Vietnam -- On July 10, 2012, Secretary Clinton met with over 250 Fulbright and other state alumni at the Foreign Trade University in Hanoi Vietnam to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Fulbright program in Vietnam and recognize State Alumni’s efforts to strengthen Vietnam. The event, moderated by 2005 Fulbright alumna Thao Griffiths, started with a panel discussion of three prominent alumni who shared their experiences as exchange participants in the U.S. Following the panel discussion, Ms. Griffiths introduced Secretary Clinton and thanked her for her efforts to support women around the world and serve as a role model. The Secretary then addressed the packed house and highlighted the contribution of Fulbright and State Alumni to strengthening bilateral relations and helping Vietnam develop into a prosperous and close partner of the United States. Following the Secretary’s remarks, she met briefly with eight female alumnae who have played an active role in society and alumni engagement in Vietnam. Included in this group were July 2012 Alumni of the Month, Ms. Do Minh Thuy and recent AEIF awardee Ms. Vu Hoang Yen who will launch a project to support ethnic minority women in Vietnam.

Zeenat Rahman, the Special Adviser for Global Youth Issues

International Youth Day: A Call to Global Action Thursday Aug 09, 2012 at 07:30 CDT 
Join us for a discussion with the U.S. Department of State’s new Special Adviser for Global Youth Issues, Zeenat Rahman. Ms. Rahman will discuss why U.S. engagement with youth is important and what opportunities exist for furthering youth engagement before taking questions from alumni of U.S. exchange programs. Daniella Foster, Director of Public Private Partnerships in the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs, will moderate the discussion.
Submit your questions ahead of the chat.
Follow the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag: #StateAlumni and #GlobalYouth.


Steve Youngblood, State Alumni Member of the Month

Fulbright alumnus Steven Youngblood is the August State Alumni Member of the Month. Building on the skills and interests he developed during his participation in the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program, first in 2001 in Moldova and again in 2007 in Azerbaijan, Steven has become a leader in the field of peace journalism. He said, “The Fulbright Program launched my career, gave me focus and direction, and gave me the confidence to successfully operate in any environment under any circumstances.”


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