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March 2020
Expand Your World Today
In This Issue...
  • Quote of the Month
  • Global Awareness Luncheon Recap
  • Meet IVCLA's New Board Members
  • 2020 International Women of Courage Luncheon
  • Open World Hosting Opportunities
  • IVCLA Celebrates 40th Anniversary
  • Rima Nashashibi to Receive Woman of the Year Award
  • World Trade Week Scholarships
  • Community Events
  • Upcoming International Visitors
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Quote of the Month:

"My visit was unique because I was able to meet with people who are close to the entrepreneurship ecosystem. We had top quality meetings with high profiles from different sectors which allowed us to gain a better perspective on how we can invest or create new partnerships with the United States of America. "
~ Noussair Lazrhk , a visitor from Morocco on a program about
 Startups and the U.S. Entrepreneurship Ecosystem
Global Awareness Luncheon: Rebuilding Trust in the Digital Age
Right to left: Dr. Lene Martin, Nitin Thakor, Shruthi Rao, Dina Ellis Rochkind, and Alex Lightman speaking
at the Global Awareness Luncheon at the Pepperdine University West L.A. Campus.
IVCLA would like to thank all our members, speakers, sponsors, and guests who joined us at the Pepperdine University Campus West L.A. for our 2020 Global Awareness Luncheon. We also extend a special thank you to IVCLA board member and Director of Blockchain at Pepperdine, Dr. Lene Martin, for making this event possible! The in-depth and fascinating luncheon discussion focused on why the public is losing trust in our critical institutions, and how Blockchain and other new technologies are helping to create a level of trust in areas such as food safety, medical records, banking and many others. 
Thank you to our sponsors!
During the luncheon, IVCLA also welcomed the newly elected
members of the Board of Directors
March 16: 2020 International Women of Courage Luncheon
Celebrate Women’s History Month with IVCLA at our International
Women of Courage Luncheon

Join us on  Monday, March 16 th  to welcome the 2020 International Women of Courage Award recipients to Los Angeles. During the luncheon discussion four of the women will share their stories of incredible bravery and commitment to improving our global society!

The United States Secretary of State's annual  International Women of Courage Award  recognizes women from around the globe who have demonstrated exceptional courage while advocating for peace, human rights, women's empowerment and more. Often at great personal risk, these amazing women have dedicated their lives to making our world a better place.
Open World Program Hosting Opportunity!
IVCLA is excited to welcome six Open World Program participants from Russia who will be here to discuss Media Literacy . These visitors will have the special experience to stay in an American home during their week in the Los Angeles area. As a host for one or two of the visitors, you will be able to show them a glimpse of life as an Angeleno while learning about Russian culture! This is a unique opportunity to get to know someone from another part of the world and build a lasting friendship.

The visitors are available for overnight home stays during the week of April 24 - 30. Hosts have the option of hosting for the entire week or just a portion of the week. Each weekday the visitors will be attending their professional meetings. IVCLA will arrange their transportation from your home to their meetings and back at the end of the day. Whether you would like to host for the entire week or just a few days during the week, your hospitality will be greatly appreciated!
If you are interested in hosting, or would like to learn more about the program and visitors, please contact Andrea Martinez at  or 213-388-1428 ext. 26.
IVCLA Celebrates 40 th Anniversary with Visitor Spotlight Series
This year IVCLA is proud to be celebrating 40 years of creating global connections between the Los Angeles region and the rest of the world. In recognition of IVCLA’s 40 th  Anniversary, we will be highlighting a former international visitor each month through the rest of 2020. We welcome suggestions about visitors to highlight. Over the years, if you have met professionally with our visitors as an IVCLA resource, or hosted them for dinner as an IVCLA member and have stayed in touch with a visitor you would like to recommend, please contact Andrea Martinez at or 213-388-1428 ext. 26.
This year also marks the 80 th  Anniversary of the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program 's (IVLP) which is the primary program IVCLA coordinates. The theme of the IVLP Anniversary celebration is #FacesofExchange. This initiative will highlight 80 years of the IVLP by showcasing 80 accomplished alumni, their lives and leadership, and the impact of their exchanges on the global community. With over 225,000 International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) alumni, each person has a story to tell and has become a Face of Exchange. 
Rima Nashashibi to Receive Woman of the Year Award!
IVCLA is proud to announce board member Rima Nashashibi has been selected to receive this year's Congressman Lou Correa's Woman of the Year Award ! In honor of women’s history month, the award recognizes exceptional women who either live, work, or have a meaningfully impact in the 46 th  Congressional District .

Rima has served as Vice Chair of the Democratic Party of Orange County for a decade and subsequently served as President of the National Women Political Caucus in Orange County. In June of 2017, Rima launched Global Hope 365 , a nonprofit organization advocating for policies and laws that disrupt the market of buying and selling women and children for sex.
World Trade Week Scholarships Deadline is March 13 th !
The World Trade Week committee offers scholarships to aspiring students in international trade fields. Scholarships are awarded to outstanding graduating high school seniors entering an accredited college or university with the goal of a career in international trade, as well as college students pursuing international degrees. By fostering international trade education and international business development, the committee hopes to develop a network of international trade professionals willing to provide mentoring to future students interested in international business . Deadline to apply is Friday, March 13 th , 2020.

Community Events
Food, Performances, Art and Films from Around the World!
International Youth Media Day (IYMD) is coming to Cleveland Charter High School! The IYMD is an intercultural festival with amazing films, live video streaming from participating countries, a silent auction, live student performances, and delicious foods from various cultures. Young people from around the globe will show the power of youth, media, and arts of communication!

Included in the film screenings will be three films produced by IVCLA's group of filmmakers from India, who met with the Global Media Studies Magnet faculty and students this past January.

Saturday, March 7 th
2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

The Gymnasium Complex
Cleveland Charter High School
Reseda, CA 91335 
Discover Blockchain & Data Analytics with Women in Tech on International Women's Day Weekend!
Join  HerCode Global  and  She Loves Data  for a ladies' tech discovery weekend! Day 1 will be dedicated to data where you’ll be hands-on in a Python workshop. Day 2 will have an introduction to blockchain and a panel of female leaders from all aspects of the blockchain industry.

No prior technical experience required and registration is free! The weekend aims to encourage women to learn, network and engage!
Flavors from Afar Grand Opening this Month!

Flavors from Afar is having their grand opening on Saturday, March 21 st in Los Angeles! Launched by The Tiyya Foundation, Flavors from Afar partners with chefs who are former refugees & asylum seekers, bringing traditional recipes and global flavors to Los Angeles and Orange County. Inspired by their chefs’ vibrant cultures and rich histories, each dish is a celebration of home.

Saturday, March 21 st
2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Los Angeles, CA
USC's 10 Cities, 10 Voices on US City Diplomacy
How should today's cities engage globally? Who establishes best practices, and what's being done to shape a shared vision of modern city diplomacy? A new periodic newsletter from the  USC Center on Public Diplomacy  will showcase critical conversations in this growing field and highlight some of the work already being done by practitioners, scholars and city officials!
"City diplomacy at its core is about addressing
shared challenges and advancing local prosperity
through global engagement at the city level.”
~ CPD Director Jay Wang
Volunteers and Translators Needed for ISEF 2020!
ISEF 2020 will be in Anaheim, CA May 10 - 15 2020. The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) is the world famous international science and engineering fair for high school students and the world’s largest international pre-college science competition.

Society for Science & the Public is seeking interpreters and general volunteers for Regeneron ISEF 2020. More than 500 volunteers across a spectrum of activities are needed. Volunteer opportunities are available during the week in a range of shifts!
Upcoming International Visitors
The following are among the arriving guests of the U.S. government whose professional appointments in Los Angeles will be arranged by the
International Visitors Council of Los Angeles.
March 2020
March 3-7: Minority Participation in the Democratic Process
Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay
March 5-10: U.S. Electoral Process
Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Uruguay, Venezuela
March 14-18: International Women of Courage
March 14-18: Promoting Education, Peace, and Women's Rights to Combat Civil Conflict
March 19-24: Improving HIV Treatment in South Africa
South Africa

March 19-25: Innovative and Effective Ways for Teaching English as a Second Language
March 29 - April 2: Management and Economic Development of Sports Facilities
Editor: Andrea Martinez
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