What We Do
Would you like to serve as a citizen diplomat and host foreign leaders visiting Southern Arizona? The Citizen Diplomacy Alliance offers unique opportunities to engage in citizen diplomacy with participants in the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program and other exchanges.
The Citizen Diplomacy Alliance for International Visitors serves participants in the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program and other exchanges, building person-to-person relationships “one handshake at a time.”
Calendar of Events
Please join us for any of our wonderful community events. Remember to check back often as we are developing new opportunities with new friends around the globe!
Become part of bringing the world closer together.
Who We Are
administered by the U.S. Department of State annually brings to the United States approximately 5,000 foreign nationals from all over the world to meet and confer with their professional counterparts and to experience America firsthand. The visitors, who are selected by United States Foreign Service Officers overseas, are current or potential leaders in government, politics, the media, education, the arts, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), business and other fields.
In charge of building the international community.
In charge of building the international community.
On April 11, 2019 Congressman Tom O’ Halleran met with Pat Watson at a Town Hall meeting in Thatcher at Eastern Arizona College. The congressman spoke to local citizens regarding their concerns, answered questions and took time to visit with Pat about Citizen Diplomacy Alliance.
Captain James Scott me with visitors from Uzbekistan at the department. Captain Scott and his team have met with a number of the international visitors sharing best practices, advanced training and many subjects of interest to law enforcement officers from around the world. We thank the department, Assistant Chief Carla Johnson and her whole team Read more about Visitors from Uzbekistan[…]
These delightful people shared their stories of the Holocaust with those that attended the speaker series at Pima Community College District Office. We thank them for their continued fight to end this horror. It still goes on, and must be stopped.
We are delighted to have our new banner which states the different things we are doing! We hope you will join us to make a difference in the world, just one handshake at a time and you will see the difference, a friend is made and perception about the USA changes!
Citizen Diplomacy Alliance, Eastern Arizona College and the Gila Valley Rotary invite you to a special presentation on Human Trafficking
Citizen Diplomacy Alliance, Eastern Arizona College and the Gila Valley Rotary invite you to a special presentation on Human Trafficking Featuring Jerry Payton, Executive Director of Sold No More and Lisa Hansen, Program Manager The Mission of Sold No More is to end sex trafficking in Southern Arizona and provide a hopeful solution to this Read more about Citizen Diplomacy Alliance, Eastern Arizona College and the Gila Valley Rotary invite you to a special presentation on Human Trafficking[…]
To Tell Our Stories: Holocaust Survivors of Southern Arizona JFCS of Southern Arizona has published two volumes of “To Tell Our Stories: Holocaust Survivors of Southern Arizona” that share the personal testimonies of 81 Holocaust Survivors. Throughout the year, Survivors read their stories in public libraries and other community venues. Please come and listen to their first-hand Read more about To Tell Our Stories: Holocaust Survivors of Southern Arizona[…]
2018 was a banner year for Citizen Diplomacy Alliance. First, the name change from Southern Arizona Council for International Visitors to Citizen Diplomacy Alliance to better describe what the mission and vision of the organization is and what we do. We hosted 108 international visitors to Southern Arizona this year. Each with their own interests, Read more about From the Executive Director, Pat Watson – What a year!![…]
Once October 25 an outstanding panel of experts on Human Trafficking shared information with the public. This was part of the speaker series provided by Citizen Diplomacy Alliance to provide valuable information to the public and the Alliance members. The panel consisted, from left to right: Consul Pineda from the Mexican Consulate, Jerry Payton and Read more about Human Trafficking Presentation[…]
This delightful group from Algeria were here to study Domestic Violence. Sent to us by the Department of State and Cultural Vistas, they had the opportunity to not only have great meetings but also were welcomed with home hospitality! During orientations Pat mentioned that her granddaughter (Kara Hancock – former secretary for the Alliance) was Read more about Algerian Visitors[…]
One of the most interesting thing on the trip to Mexico City was the number of statues they have to many of the country hero’s and the history behind them. The streets that we traveled are full of trees and parks Some of the buildings are still suffering from the damage from the earthquake and Read more about Mexico City Adventure[…]