Advocacy Day – March 2-3, 2022

Advocacy Day is a distinct opportunity for Alliance members to come together and engage with Congress about the value of international educational and cultural exchange programs in their respective districts and states. Each year, we welcome Advocacy Day veterans and newcomers alike to Washington, D.C. to engage with their Senators, Representatives, and their staff members on behalf of international exchange.

For international exchange programs to continue to flourish, policymakers in Washington need to hear from their constituents about the value of exchanges in communities across the United States.

The Alliance is thrilled to once again host our annual Advocacy Day event for our members. The 2022 event will kickstart with an advocacy orientation and briefing on Wednesday, March 2 with the Congressional Meetings to follow on Thursday, March 3. All Advocacy Day 2022 events will be held online. For more details and to register for the event, please visit our Advocacy Day webpage.

 

Thank you to our 2022 sponsors for helping make this year’s event possible:

Special Event Sponsor:

Advocacy Day Sponsors:

Campaign for International Exchange 2021

Given the challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic, in-person meetings with Congressional offices could not take place in 2021. However, the need to advocate for the value of exchanges in communities across the United States was more important than ever. To maintain engagement with a new Congress and the Biden administration, the Alliance launched the Campaign for International Exchange.   

Through this Campaign, the Alliance facilitated member interaction with policymakers in four events throughout the year: Exchange Week in Washington, Exchange Week in the District, Exchange Day, and International Education Week.  

The Campaign’s first key event of the year, Exchange Week in Washington, was held in lieu of our traditional in-person Advocacy Day. For this event, the Alliance held an advocacy training and facilitated virtual meetings between Alliance members and Congressional representatives from March 1-5.  

During the course of the Campaign for International Exchange, 36 Alliance members worked with 104 congressional offices across 33 states.

Advocacy Day 2020

The 2020 Advocacy Day and Congressional Reception were held on March 4 and 5. 108 individuals representing 35 member organizations came to Washington, D.C. to advocate for international exchange programs. Alliance members participated in meetings with 127 congressional offices (56 Senate, 71 House) across 35 states, including 4 with Members of Congress.

World Learning CEO and Alliance Chair, Carol Jenkins, provided opening remarks for the fourth annual Alliance Congressional Reception. Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Marie Royce followed, who spoke about the importance of public diplomacy as demonstrated through the 80 year legacy of IVLP. We were also fortunate to have Congressman Rob Bishop provide remarks, sharing memories from his experience on an exchange program in Germany and how it impacted his life. 160 attendees including Alliance members, representatives from congressional offices and the U.S. Department of State convened at the Reception.

Thanks again to everyone who made Advocacy Day 2020 a success, including the Congressional Reception sponsors listed below.

Gold

  • American Councils for International Education
  • Institute of International Education (IIE)

Silver

  •  AIFS
  • Alliance Abroad Group
  • American Work Adventures
  • Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC)
  • Cultural Homestay International (CHI)
  • Intrax
  • IREX
  • World Learning

Bronze

  • AFS-USA
  • Cenet
  • Cultural Vistas
  • FHI 360
  • Global Ties U.S.
  • InterExchange
  • Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
  • Spirit Cultural Exchange
  • STS Foundation
  • World Wide Cultural Exchange (WWCE)

Advocacy Day 2019

On March 6 and 7, the Alliance held its annual Advocacy Day and Congressional Reception. This year, 120 participants representing 44 member organizations came to Washington, D.C. to advocate for international exchange programs. Alliance members participated in a record number of meetings with 146 congressional offices (70 Senate, 76 House) across 38 states, including 9 with Members of Congress.

193 attendees including Alliance members, representatives from congressional offices and the U.S. Department of State convened at the third annual Congressional Reception. World Learning CEO Carol Jenkins gave opening remarks and introduced Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Marie Royce, who spoke about her passion for people to people exchanges. Congressman French Hill also provided remarks at the Reception, emphasizing the importance of international education and expressing gratitude for those who participate in and facilitate exchange programs.

Thanks to all who participated in Advocacy Day this year, and special thanks to the following organizations for sponsoring the Congressional Reception:

Gold

  • American Councils for International Education
  • AIFS
  • Global Educational Concepts
  • World Learning

Silver

  • AFS-USA
  • Alliance Abroad Group
  • American Work Adventures
  • Camp Counselors USA
  • Cultural Homestay International
  • Council of Americans Overseas Research Council
  • CIEE
  • Hostelling International USA
  • InterExchange
  • International Exchange of North America
  • IREX

Bronze

  • ASSIST
  • Cenet
  • Council on Standards for International Educational Travel
  • Cultural Vistas
  • French-American Chamber of Commerce
  • GeoVisions
  • Global Ties U.S.
  • Greenheart International
  • Society for Human Resource Management
  • STS Foundation
  • Sunset Pool Management
  • World Wide Cultural Exchange

Advocacy Day 2018

March 7-8, 2017 Washington, D.C.

Thank you to all who participated and supported the 2018 Advocacy Day events! The Alliance is pleased to announce that we hosted both a record number of participants –108 – and coordinated a record number of congressional office meetings – 96.

On Wednesday, the Alliance hosted an in-depth Issues & Messaging briefing for participants on the current policy agenda and our related goals for the international exchange community. The policies of the new administration and Congress present our community with challenges and opportunities that Advocacy Day addressed directly, especially with regards to the upcoming budget for FY 2019 and immigration upheaval.

The Congressional Reception began with remarks by the Alliance’s Vice Chair Carol Jenkins, followed by Executive Director Ilir Zherka, followed by U.S. for Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley then Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Jennifer Zimdahl Galt. Ellen Hoggard, Alliance’s Treasurer, concluded the evening with a brief closing remark.

The reception offered opportunities for industry colleagues and government officials to network over light hors d’oeuvres and drinks while celebrating the impact of exchange programs.

Participants stormed Capitol Hill on Thursday and attended 96 meetings with congressional offices to show their elected officials how exchanges foster mutual understanding and economic gains in the very communities they represent. By the end of the day participants had engaged in meetings with officials from 31 states.

The Alliance would again like to express its gratitude to all those who made Advocacy Day possible – the participants who represented the community, the officials who lent their ears, and the Congressional Reception sponsors listed below.

Platinum

  • American Institute for Foreign Study – AIFS
  • Global Educational Concepts

Gold

  • American Councils for International Educations
  • Camp Counselors USA – CCUSA
  • Cultural Homestay International – CHI
  • Communicating for Agriculture Exchange Programs – CAEP
  • Council of American Overseas Research Centers – CAORC
  • InterExchnage
  • IREX
  • World Learning

Silver

  • American Secondary Schools for International Students & Teachers – ASSIST
  • Center for Intercultural Education and Development – CIED
  • Council for Global Immigration
  • Council for International Educational Exchange – CIEE
  • Council on Standards for International Educational Travel – CSIET
  • Cultural Exchange Network – CENET
  • Cultural Vistas
  • GeoVisions
  • Greenheart International
  • Intrax
  • STS Foundation

Advocacy Day 2017

March 8-9, 2017 Washington, D.C.

Thank you to all who participated and supported the 2017 Advocacy Day events! The Alliance is pleased to announce that we hosted both a record number of participants –112 – and coordinated a record number of congressional office meetings – 171.

On Wednesday, the Alliance hosted an in-depth Issues & Messaging briefing for participants on the current policy agenda and our related goals for the international exchange community. The policies of the new administration and Congress present our community with challenges and opportunities that Advocacy Day addressed directly, especially with regards to the upcoming budget for FY 2018 and immigration upheaval.

The Congressional Reception began with remarks by the Alliance’s Executive Director Ilir Zherka, followed by Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Mike Taplin. A representative from the Office of Congressman Steve Pearce also addressed the audience. The reception offered opportunities for industry colleagues and government officials to network over light hors d’oeuvres and drinks while celebrating the impact of exchange programs.

Participants stormed Capitol Hill on Thursday and attended 171 bicameral meetings with congressional offices to show their elected officials how exchanges foster mutual understanding and economic gains in the very communities they represent. By the end of the day participants had engaged in meetings with officials from 39 states.

The Alliance would again like to express its gratitude to all those who made Advocacy Day possible – the participants who represented the community, the officials who lent their ears, and the Congressional Reception sponsors listed below.

Platinum

 

 

American Councils for International Education American Institute For Foreign Study CAEP Council for Global Immigration Global Educational Concepts

Gold

 

 

Council for American Overseas Research Centers GeoVisions Greenheart International Intrax IREX World Learning

Silver

 

 

Au Pair Foundation/STS Foundation CCUSA Cultural Exchange Network Cultural Vistas CSIET