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Network with Children's Mercy, KU Med, and UMKC Next Week

Wednesday, May 23, 2018  
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Dear friends,

We had a lovely time last week marking the 100th anniversary of the Pittsburgh Agreement with the Czech Ambassador and Slovak Consul General. KU Professor Nathan Wood gave a helpful context-setting presentation on the continued relevance of the agreement today, and Czech and Slovak pride was on full display. Big thanks to Honorary Consuls Ross Marine and Sharon Valasek, the Czech and Slovak Club of Kansas City, and the World Trade Center–Kansas City for making the event possible.

On Wednesday, May 30, we'll be gathering at the Diastole Scholars' Center near Crown Center for an IRC networking hour with Children's Mercy, KU Medical Center, and UMKC. Please join us for this free event to learn more about the international efforts of these three Kansas City jewels – and enjoy some incredible Brazilian food while you're there. If you haven't signed up yet, there's still time ».

If you're an alumna/us of the Fulbright Program, or if you'd like to learn more about the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government, please join us on Wednesday, June 6, at Milwaukee Deli in downtown KCMO. More information is available below.

We're very excited to have launched a new initiative to support the international awareness of area high-school students, and we invite you to join us to make its first year a success. The inaugural Your Global Future event on Tuesday, October 16, will be a full-day college and career fair for high-school students considering global opportunities. We are looking for a wide range of businesses, universities, organizations, and other groups who can be with us that day to show students how global their future can be. If you'd like to join us, we invite you to read more and register your organization ». Special opportunities for visibility and impact are available.

Kind regards,

Matthew Hughes, Executive Director » • 816-423-2632

Each week, the World Affairs Councils of America publishes a digest of news stories covering topics from around the world. This week's edition focuses on the Israel-Palestine conflict, the Iran Deal and the EU, North Korean talks, the U.S.-China trade war, Venezuela's elections, and reform in Saudi Arabia. Read more »

In advance of tomorrow's program » on Chinese investment, this week's World Citizen Blog is a review of a book on Chinese investment in Africa »
. We welcome blog contributions from IRC members and friends. If you are interested in writing a blog post, please review some frequently asked questions », where you'll also find out how to submit your post.

Internships in Mexico
Mexico’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in partnership with the U.S.-Mexico Foundation and the National Commission for Indigenous Peoples, is extending to American students interested an internship in Mexico this coming summer of 2018. Potential participants are required to be fluent in Spanish, enrolled in the third or fourth year of college education, and to commit to perform community work in regular business days for the duration of the internship. Lodging, meals and round transportation will be provided to the selected students. No monetary compensation is available. The full description of the program, along with the instructions for applying to the different projects and locations in Mexico are available here »

Immigrant and Opportunity Youth VISTA
The VISTA will serve the immigrant and opportunity youth populations of the Greater Kansas City Area by reviewing and assessing how the YMCA of GKC currently serves the target populations. The VISTA will also gather and assess data, identify and expand partnerships to engage immigrant communities in the YMCA of GKC, and provide analysis and information useful for grant and other funding applications. As a result of the VISTA's service, resources on breaking the cycle of poverty will be more readily available, and Y associates will have a greater ability to communicate those resources. Click here for more information »

IRC members are remarkable individuals and organizations who bring considerable international experience, connections, and curiosity to our network and offer unique perspectives and contributions – in some cases, for decades! To help members get to know one another and to celebrate our members' many efforts, we've started highlighting individual and organizational members in the IRC newsletter and on the website. If you know someone who deserves the spotlight, or if you wish to share your own story, please submit this form ». We look forward to getting to know our IRC members!


Registration Open
The Opportunities and Challenges of Chinese Investment in the U.S.: A Public Forum – Thursday, May 24 – 11:30-1 p.m. – KC Chamber Board Room, Union Station
Join us to learn about the practical opportunities and challenges of inbound foreign direct investment from China from the perspective of local communities and business partners, and Chinese investors themselves. Panelists will comment on the U.S. business environment and discuss trends in Chinese investment, as well as opportunities foreign investment offers the Greater Kansas City region. This event is open to the public and lunch will be served. Registration link available below. Read more and register »

Free Event
IRC Networking Hour
 – Wednesday, May 30 – 5-7 p.m. – Diastole Scholars Center 
IRC networking hours give IRC members and friends the chance to get to know each other and the work of the IRC's organizational partners. On Wednesday, May 30, please join us at Diastole Scholars' Center on Hospital Hill as we get to know Children's Mercy Hospital, the University of Kansas Medical Center, and the University of Missouri–Kansas City. All are invited to this free networking event. Refreshments provided; tours of Children's Mercy Hospital available. Read more and register »

Free Event
Global Experience: The Fulbright Program – Wednesday, June 6 – 6-7:30 p.m. – Milwaukee Deli
The IRC's Global Experience series asks, "What's your global story? Do you have the chance to share it?" Join IRC member Jim Scott and other Fulbright Program alumni as they share about their specific experiences with the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. Other Fulbright alumni, Fulbright organizing partners, and interested individuals are most welcome. The event is free and open to the public; reservations are requested to help with planning. Read more and register »

Free Event
Decisions: US Global Engagement and the Military
– Tuesday, June 12 – 6:30-8 p.m. (Reception at 6)  – WWI Museum
As the global power balance evolves, the United States faces complex questions concerning the roles of its military. Join us for an expert panel conversation featuring Juan Ulloa, Command and General Staff College, and Daniel Mahanty, Center for Civilians in Conflict, as they address the differing views of the U.S. military in the 21st century global community. Presented in partnership with the National World War I Museum & Memorial. Cash bar/small plates begins at 6 p.m. FREE with RSVP. Read more and register »

IRC Member Benefit
Cover to Cover with Rick Barton – Tuesday, June 12 – 1-1:30 p.m. – via conference call
Bosnia, Rwanda, Haiti, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria - a quarter-century of stumbles in America's pursuit of a more peaceful and just world. American military interventions have cost thousands of lives and billions of dollars, yet we rarely manage to enact positive and sustainable change. In Peace Works: America's Unifying Role in a Turbulent World, ambassador and global conflict leader Rick Barton uses a mix of stories, history, and analysis for a transformative approach to foreign affairs and offers concrete and attainable solutions for the future. The IRC is pleased to be able to offer this opportunity as a benefit for IRC members. To check your membership status or register for the call, please contact contact Matthew ».

Free Event
IRC Book Club: The Limits of Soft Power and the Necessity of Military Force 
– Thursday, June 21 – 6:30-8 p.m. – Kauffman Foundation Conference Center
After considering U.S. global engagement and the military as part of the 2018 Great Decisions conversations, the IRC Book Club will meet on Thursday, June 21, to discuss Eliot Cohen's new book about the limits of soft power and the necessity of military force. This program is free and open to the public, though reservations are requested to help with planning. Please join us! Read more and register »

Family Event
World Refugee Day – Saturday, June 23 – 11-2 p.m. – Ricci Auditorium at KC University of Medicine & Biosciences
At the IRC we talk about what's going on around the world and its connection to our local community. This year, the IRC is proud to partner with a range of area organizations to put on the 11th annual World Refugee Day celebration, a global event that recognizes the impact of refugees on our Kansas City community and beyond. Last year, more than 500 people, including refugees from 14 countries, attended and enjoyed entertainment, food, and fun for the whole family. Please join us! Read more here »

Registration Open
Your Global Future 
– Tuesday, October 16 – 9-3 p.m. – Union Station
Away from the borders and coasts, Kansas City-area students are often surprised to find just how many international academic and professional opportunities await them after high school. This unique college and career fair will bring together dozens of international businesses, organizations, and colleges and universities to show students just how global their future can be. The program will be underwritten by support from the participating organizations and generous Kansas City-area donors to ensure that attendance is completely cost-free for teachers and students. Sponsor packages to increase visibility and impact are available, and schools will be eligible to receive up to $200 to offset the cost of bus transportation. Read more here »

An incredible network of experienced professionals, travelers, and internationalists in the Kansas City metro area make up the IRC community. With this in mind, the IRC Speakers Bureau facilitates connections between these experts and local organizations, schools, and businesses who are interested in having them speak or present at their events. Many current IRC members are eligible to join the Speakers Bureau as speakers, and the service is free for IRC member organizations. Click here » to learn more, sign up to be a speaker, or request a speaker for your upcoming event.

Have an idea for an IRC topic, program, or speaker? We'd love to hear from you! Please complete this form » as often as ideas come to you, and share it with others who might be interested. We may contact you for more information, and you may see your idea in a future IRC program or publication.

Does your business or organization have an upcoming event that could be of interest to IRC members? To have your event considered for inclusion in future IRC newsletters, please contact Matthew Hughes ».

Kansas International Trade Day », presented by the Kansas Department of Commerce
Tuesday, June 5 – 8-5 p.m. – Lawrence DoubleTree

Trade in the Times of NAFTA, Tariffs, and Tweets », presented by the World Trade Center
Wednesday, June 6 – 11:30-1 p.m. – The Gallery, Kansas City Power and Light District

The Crisis in Maternal & Reproductive Health, Globally and Locally », presented by the United Nations Association
Thursday, June 7  6-8:30 p.m. – Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral

Human Flow Documentary », presented by KC for Refugees and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Sunday, June 24 – 1-3:30 p.m. – Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Kansas City and Chinese Sculpture Show, presented by the International Sculpture Foundation
Friday, July 13-Friday, August 31  – Leedy Voulkos Art Center

Dinner-Dance: 45th Anniversary of Sister City Relationship Between Kansas City and Morella (Mexico), presented by the Kansas City Sister Cities Association
Saturday, August 18 – 6:30 p.m.-12 a.m.  – Intercontinental Hotel at the Plaza

India Festpresented by the India Association of Kansas City
Sunday, August 26 – 10-6 p.m. – Overland Park Convention Center

Latino Arts Festival », presented by Kansas City Kansas Latino Arts Festival
Saturday, September 22 – 1-6 p.m. – Lot in front of 520 Minnesota Avenue

Aida Cuevas and Mariachi Juvenil Tecalitlan, Totalmente Juan Gabriel », presented by Johnson County Community College
Friday, October 26 – 8 p.m. – Yardley Hall

Taste of Portugal »
Friday,  November 9 – 7-10 p.m. – The Culinary Center of Kansas City

Soweto Gospel Choir, Songs of the Free: Celebrating the Centennial Of Nelson Mandela's Birth », presented by Johnson County Community College
Friday, November 9 – 8 p.m. – Yardley Hall

Do you know of a volunteer opportunity that would allow IRC members to work with individuals from a variety of countries and cultures or that focuses on international topics or global issues? To have the opportunity considered for inclusion in the Volunteer Center or future IRC newsletters, please contact Matthew Hughes ».

Please click here » to visit the IRC Volunteer Center for more information on one-time and ongoing opportunities to support the IRC and other international initiatives.

AmeriCorps: Refugee School Impact and Citizenship Education Programs 
Catholic Charities of NE KS seeks a one-year AmeriCorps volunteer to work with their Refugee School Impact and Citizenship Education Programs. More information on the AmeriCorps program can be found here ». The person in this position will serve 1700 hours within a 12-month span and will receive an annual stipend of $12,530, paid bi-weekly. Use this link » to apply. Ideal start date is mid- to late-June.

Mowing for Global Gardens
JVS seeks volunteers to mow their Global Gardens. Click here » for more information.

The American Councils Seeks Host Families for Exchange Students
The American Councils »  is looking for caring host families for merit-based scholar exchange students for the 2018-19 school year. These students come from the Middle East, Central Asia, S.E. Asia, some African nations, and eastern and southeast Europe. Of all the students who apply for the programs, some 3% are accepted to come to the U.S. Students receive a stipend of $125/month for personal expenses, and host families are reimbursed up to $300 for school related expenses, including winter clothes. Interested families are invited to contact Don Marsolek, Local Coordinator, American Councils and FPA member at happyforwandering@gmail.­com », or 913-558-5791.

PREP-KC Seeks Volunteers to Mentor Students
For more information, contact PREP-KC ». To register for an opportunity, click here ».

  • Career Jumping is a fast-paced career exploration experience (set up like speed-dating) where professionals talk with 3-5 students in eight-minute increments to share their career stories. We are seeking professionals from all fields.
  • Mad City Money is a "game of life" designed to increase students' financial literacy. We are needing volunteers from all backgrounds to staff booths regarding topics including mortgage, transportation, daycare, and others. Directions for each booth will be provided to volunteers upon arrival. MCM is in partnership with the UMKC's Center for Economic Education and United Way of Greater Kansas City.
  • Career Speakers talk with students about their career pathway and how school is relevant to their future. Volunteers rotate through multiple classrooms for approximately 15 minutes each. PREP-KC is seeking volunteers from Arts, Communications, Health, Human Services, Business, IT, Engineering, Manufacturing, Construction, Trades, and other related fields for all events.
  • IGNITE are hands-on experiences to expose students to a range of careers through interactive booths. We can help volunteers create an activity. We are seeking volunteers from all backgrounds.

KC Public Library Seeks Volunteers
Refugee & Immigrant Services & Empowerment is a division of the Kansas City Public Library’s Outreach Department, dedicated to connecting refugee and immigrant patrons and community members to resources for their success. RISE seeks volunteers for the following programs:

  • English in Action: once a week for two hours, meet with a single mentee to help them improve their English speaking skills as their Conversation Mentor. This program occurs at library locations of the participants’ choice.
  • English for Citizenship Preparation: assist instructor in weekly classes, two hours/week for 12 weeks, one-hour volunteer training session required
  • Citizen Interview Mentor Sessions: work one-on-one to prepare patrons for naturalization interview, one to two hours/week, flexible scheduling, two hours of volunteer training required
  • English-Language Learning: lead small classes (life skills, basic English speaking/reading/writing), two hours/week, one hour of training required

To learn more, please visit the RISE website » or email the team ».