The Meridian Center for Global Leadership attends the Global Ties U.S. National Meeting

On March 16-19, 2022, Meridian joined fellow peers and organization members at the 2022 Global Ties U.S. National Meeting: Moving Exchange Forward. Over 400 attendees gathered to discuss strategies and resources to navigate programming, to learn about current events and trends affecting United States and its foreign policy and to strengthen connections among those involved in international exchanges.

As one of eight National Programming Agencies for the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), Meridian maintains a vital role both leading and participating in these conversations. Several staff attended the meeting both in-person and virtually, while also curating two panels focused on "Building a Panel: Creating Engaging and Diverse Discussions" and “Putting the Exchange Back in Exchanges”.

After nearly two years of tapping into virtual exchanges, it was refreshing to rediscover the power of face-to-face interaction. The entire IVLP ecosystem, including the Department of State, National Programming Agencies, Community Based Members and exchange alumni were able to make connections, exchange ideas with familiar and new faces.

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