This project will examine efforts to address human rights issues and challenges across the Americas. Participants will explore the role of governments, civil society, and international bodies.
Visitors from India will examine the rise of social entrepreneurship in the U.S. and how innovation in this sphere can drive social, economic, and environmental changes. Delegates will also learn about successful strategies in fundraising, social media, and grassroots mobilization.
This project focuses on expanding social and economic opportunities for women entrepreneurs. Participants will examine ways in which the U.S. fosters the advancement of women in business. Visitors will explore the variety of mentorship, job shadowing, education, and skills-development programs offered by government, universities, corporations, and private associations to prepare women for leadership roles.
Female leaders and advocates from Libya will explore government and private sector initiatives that encourage women to pursue leadership positions at the federal, state, local, and community level. Participants will examine key laws, policies, and societal changes spearheaded by women.
Visitors from Indonesia will examine the U.S. child custody laws, the family court system, and social welfare advocacy for victims of domestic violence. They will meet with nonprofits, social services, and schools.
3 visitors from Indonesia will visit the greater Kansas City area to learn about the decentralized nature of the U.S. higher education system. They will examine graduate student exchange programs and visit with university faculty, staff, and students.
15 female entrepreneurs from Algeria, Barbados, Belize, Canada, the Gambia, Ghana, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Palestinian Territories, China, Saudi Arabia, and Tanzania will be in Kansas City to learn about U.S. entrepreneurial efforts and the factors that encourage entrepreneurial development.
13 visitors from Egypt, Ethiopia, Hong Kong, Japan, Jordan, Latvia, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, and Vietnam will learn about the process and formulation of the U.S. federal system and U.S. foreign policy decisions.
12 visitors from Burundi, the Central African Republic, Chad, Cote d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Madagascar, Mauritius, Niger, Senegal, and Togo will meet with local small businesses, entrepreneurs, and organizations that make Kansas City an entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Five visitors from the Philippines will visit Kansas City to gain an understanding of how social programs, including education, health, poverty, employment, and environment stabilize communities. They will also look at women's empowerment programs and meet with prominent local female leaders.
Visitors from Germany, Ireland, Kenya, Mexico, Thailand, and Turkey will travel to Lawrence, Kansas to examine innovative NGO, nonprofit, public service, and advocacy organization management strategies. They will learn about how these entities strengthen leadership, employing volunteers, utilize social media, and further their missions.
This project will explore models of technology commercialization in the United States and ways to successfully transfer scientific discoveries and technical breakthroughs to market. Participants will explore legal and regulatory frameworks as well as management and marketing strategies used to assess and develop innovations in diverse sectors such as agricultural technology, information and telecommunications, biotechnology, health, and advanced manufacturing.
Visitors from the Netherlands, Uganda, Jamaica, Moldova, Thailand, Mongolia, and Ecuador will examine U.S. efforts in combatting trafficking in persons. These delegates will meet with law enforcement, shelters, and nonprofits that are actively working to identify and combat human trafficking in the Midwest.
21 women from all around the globe will examine the impact of women-owned businesses on the U.S. economy and explore the progress of women in participating more fully in the global economy. While in Kansas City, visitors will meet with local entrepreneurs, participate in trainings, and visit academic programs supporting innovation.
This program includes seven leaders from Azerbaijan, Egypt, Ukraine, Palestinian Territories, Liberia, Nigeria, and Uzbekistan. While in Kansas City, they will visit local schools and organizations to understand technological trends in education and assess how new technology can impact student learning.
Journalism professional from East Asia are invited to Kansas City to examine the rights and responsibilities of a free press in a democracy, gain insights into the social, economic and political structures of the United States, and explore the impact of digital and social media on the availability and veracity of news.
This program brings together human rights professionals from all sectors in the Arab world. While in Kansas City, they will analyze a variety of human rights concerns related to issues such as domestic violence prevention, disability rights, LGBTI rights, freedom of press/speech/religion, access to education, and due process.
This project will bring together working level staff from Africa's regional economic organizations, professionals from national trade ministries, investment promotion agencies and customs services as well as large scale business leaders from the trading bloc membership countries. They will review the best practices in facilitating the flow of goods, supporting regional integration and implementation of trade agreements in the U.S.
Delegates from Vietnam will learn about Kansas City's Smart City Initiative and how its local government has made it one of the world's most connect cities. They will learn about community participation and partnerships and how leadership has enabled Kansas City to spearhead city-wide innovation and digital connection.
Seven activists and professionals from China will visit Kansas City to learn about LGBTQ law and policy. They will visit with local activists, non-profits, and others to gain greater insight into how such resources provide support to individuals in the Midwest.
Six professionals from China are traveling across the U.S. and passing through Kansas City to examine production of agriculture statistics and how information is collected. They will learn how access to data can help increase productivity and economic growth.
Five visitors from Bangladesh will spend the holidays in Kansas City to visit local non-profits and government entities. They will learn about resources provided to victims of gender based violence as well as legal aid offered. These delegates will have the opportunity to experience a Thanksgiving meal with home hospitality hosts.
Entrepreneurs from Azerbaijan will learn about federal, state and local government policies that support small business development. They will examine the role of NGO grassroots organizations in empowering small businesses as well as innovation.
Visitors from Ukraine will explore the working relationships between policymakers, healthcare, universities, and advocacy groups with the LGBTI community. They will visit non-profits, grassroots organizations, and local government entitites.
Eight visitors from Pakistan from a variety of federal and economic backgrounds will visit Kansas City to learn about work with customs and taxation regulations. They will examine the best methods of attracting business to a region and what the government can do to make investing more attractive.
Visitors from Brunei, Cyprus, Mexico, Namibia, Romania, Serbia, Singapore, and Tunisia will examine the rights and responsibilities of a free press in a democracy and the principles and laws governing the press in the United States. More specifically, they will learn about the role that investigative journalists play in U.S. society as they raise awareness of issues of social concern on illegal, irregular, or abusive action on behalf of government, politicians, criminals, or corporations.
Eight education professionals will visit Kansas City to explore successful internationalization initiatives at higher education institutions. They will develop stronger partnerships that lead to more Paraguayan students choosing U.S. schools for degree study and increase the amount of research and teaching between Paraguay and the U.S.
Five visitors from Belarus will examine the decentralized and self-regulating nature of U.S. federalism and how it promotes transparency at all levels of government. They will explore the active role of citizens, media, and civil society in fostering transparency and accountability in government.
Ten visitors from Tunisia will come together in Kansas City to learn about accountability in government and transparency. They will visit local government entities, non-profits, and grassroots initiatives that work to hold one another accountable and keep citizens informed of government actions.
Delegates from Albania, Bulgaria, Greece, Hungary, Macedonia, Moldova, Romania, and Serbia will be making their way through the Midwest to learn about U.S. energy policy, alternative energy sources, infrastructure, and effective strategies for ensuring energy security. They will visit wind farms, meet with local activists, and more.
Six delegates from Argentina have been invited to the United States and Kansas City to examine the impact of the U.S. labor movement on domestic and international economic, labor and trade policies. These professionals will also observe the role of U.S. organized labor in the political, economic, and social systems at the federal, state and local level. This delegation will include a home hospitality opportunity.
One delegate from Poland will visit Kansas City to learn about the U.S. higher education system. She will visit various universities in the Kansas City metropolitan area to examine how these institutions manage administration, accreditation, endowments, financial assistance, student support services, advising, and international exchange programs. This delegation will include a home hospitality opportunity.
These seven delegates from Nepal will be traveling across the United States and making a stop in Kansas City to learn about state-of-the-art museums. While in Kansas City, they will examine the best practices of operating and managing a museum and important heritage sites. They will also learn about practices in emergency preparedness of museums.