After completing one month fellowships in the United States, 100 young professionals from around the world will convene at the U.S. Department of State November 8-9, 2010 for the Legislative Fellows Congress. The event, hosted by the Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and six nonprofit organizations, will conclude this year’s Legislative Fellows Program. Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Ann Stock will welcome the group on Monday, November 8, at 9:00 a.m. in the Loy Henderson Auditorium.
Representing 17 countries — including Bhutan, Brazil, Colombia, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Russia, South Africa, and Ukraine — the Fellows are sitting members of national and provincial legislatures overseas, legislative staffers, municipal representatives, ministry officials, and a range of related professions. During their Fellowships, they were matched with counterparts in Congressional offices on Capitol Hill, and in U.S. state capitals and city councils in locations such as Pascagoula, Mississippi; Anchorage, Alaska; Madison, Wisconsin; and Eugene, Oregon. Fellowships are designed to cultivate an increased understanding of the U.S. legislative process, and greater appreciation of the interplay between government and civil society.
The Legislative Fellows Congress in Washington, DC provides a forum for Fellows to compare governments and systems in the United States with those in their own countries. They will explore such themes as civic leadership, the role of women in civil society and politics, elections and campaigns, advocacy, transparency and accountability, grassroots efforts, and youth involvement.
The Department of State conducts the Legislative Fellows Program in partnership with American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL), American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS, Appalachian State University, Legacy International, World Learning and the League of Women Voters. As a part of the program, reciprocal groups of American Legislative Fellows have traveled, or will travel, overseas for programs in many of the partner countries. The Americans will be hosted by the foreign Fellows who are currently in the United States or those who completed their U.S. fellowships earlier this year.
Media Contact: Catherine Stearns, 202-632-6437, StearnsCL@state.gov