Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Department of State's Office of International Visitors has postponed in-person exchange programs until further notice. Virtual meetings will instead be arranged for the following programs:
Strengthening Educational Collaboration and Promotion of U.S. Higher Education: This virtual project will engage Australian career advisors to raise awareness about the U.S. higher education system with a view towards strengthening educational collaboration among U.S. and Australian institutions and promoting Australian students to pursue U.S. higher education opportunities.
Higher Education Cooperation: This virtual project will address higher education in the United States and will also be an opportunity to establish new connections between academic institutions in Panama and the U.S. that could potentially lead to new exchanges or cooperative programs.
#FriendsPartnersAlliances: This virtual project will target up-and-coming Canadian political leaders identified for an in-person program later in the year who will examine the many facets of the U.S. - Canada relationship. The virtual portion of this project will include a roundtable discussion with public officials from Blaine, WA, Detroit, MI, and International Falls, MN to discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and border closure on cross border trade and tourism.
Minority Participation in the Democratic Process and Human Rights: This virtual project will explore how citizen groups, community and political organizations, and social entrepreneurs across minority groups organize local and regional partnerships and mobilize volunteers for engagement.