IVLP Impact Awards Perspectives: Future Leaders of Ukraine

Oksana Kovalenko is an alumna of the International Visitor Leadership Program and a 2023 recipient of the IVLP Impact Awards for her project The School for Future Leaders. Meridian International Center, in partnership with the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, implements the IVLP Impact Awards Initiative. IVLP Impact Awardees from across the world administer community impact projects that build on their experiences and promote innovative solutions to shared challenges. The IVLP Impact Awards Initiative aims to engage alumni, strengthen global networks, and support lasting community impact. Collaborating with Like-Minded People I work as the Deputy Dean...

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IVLP Impact Awards Perspectives: Stories of Inclusion Part III

Betty Nancy Fonyuy is an alumna of the International Visitor Leadership Program and a 2023 recipient of the IVLP Impact Awards for her project Advocacy Role of Youth in Human Rights & Rights of Persons Living with Disabilities. Meridian International Center, in partnership with the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, implements the IVLP Impact Awards Initiative. IVLP Impact Awardees from across the world administer community impact projects that build on their experiences and promote innovative solutions to shared challenges. The IVLP Impact Awards Initiative aims to engage alumni, strengthen global networks, and support lasting community...

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IVLP Impact Awards Perspectives: Stories of Inclusion Part II

Awiye Sharon Serkwem Evanjo  is an alumna of the International Visitor Leadership Program and a 2023 recipient of the IVLP Impact Awards for her project Rebuilding Hopes and Dreams of Internally Displaced Women. Meridian International Center, in partnership with the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, implements the IVLP Impact Awards Initiative. IVLP Impact Awardees from across the world administer community impact projects that build on their experiences and promote innovative solutions to shared challenges. The IVLP Impact Awards Initiative aims to engage alumni, strengthen global networks, and support lasting community impact. Inclusive Leadership and Inspiration I...

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Episode Transcript: Hank Willis Thomas: Universality x Art

  On this episode of cultureXchanges, Meridian’s CEO Ambassador Stuart Holliday speaks with artist Hank Willis Thomas on how growing up in Washington, DC shaped his artistic vision, the theme of universality in his work, and what politicians could learn from the world of art criticism. Thomas lives and works in Brooklyn, New York as a conceptual artist working on themes related to perspective, identity, commodity, media, and popular culture. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States and abroad including the International Center of Photography, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Hong Kong Arts Centre, the Witte de With Center...

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Kosovan Civil Society Leaders Strengthen their Community

By Oko Khosbayar, Senior Associate, Meridian International Center   Civil society, also known as the “third sector,” is essential to democracy and development as they not only hold governments accountable, but in many instances, they can deliver to the underserved and underprivileged. With the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) project “Strengthening Minority Civil Society Organizations”, Meridian International Center hosted a group of experts in nonprofit and civil society organizations from the Republic of Kosovo with the goal of examining federal, state, and local best practices of the United States to advance minority issues and expose...

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