The U.S. Department of State has Four National Security Strategy Pillars:
1. Protect the homeland, the American people, and the American way of life
2. Promote American prosperity
3. Preserve peace through strength
4. Advance American Influence
The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs resides within the U.S. Department of State and is the bureau under which most of the programs Global Ties Arizona administers fall. Namely, the International Visitor Leadership Program.
ECA has five goals:
- Advance American foreign policy objectives through flexible, responsive exchange programs.
- Increase Americans’ global competitiveness.
- Professional development for American exchange program alumni.
- Increase the exchanges’ contribution to local economies in the U.S.
- Encourage an increase in foreign student enrollment in U.S. higher education institutions.
- Build job skills of U.S. and foreign exchange participants.
- Counter disinformation and radicalization.
- Promote critical thinking and media literacy.
- Combat radicalization by enlarging exchange participants’ professional capacities.
- Bolstre democratic principles, stregthen the rule of law, encourage strong civil society institutions.
- Enhance foreign exchange participants’ understanding of American values.
- Achieve greater efficiency: Evaluate programs, expand use of virtual tools, leverage alumni relationships.
- Integrate virtual platforms and on-demand flexibility into program development.
- Expand engagement with American and foreign alumni.
- Heighten accurate reporting with a knowledge management system.
- Safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of exchange participants.
Global Ties Arizona serves as a sub-grantee for the IVLP program, and thus, abides by these strategies and goals when programming for our visitors. It is our pleasure to serve our citizens and country in this way.