Ms. Alicia Stephens participated in the International Visitor Leadership Program “Small Business Development.” In Washington, DC the group learned about the role of lobbyists and advocacy groups in the American political system. During their time in Cleveland, Ohio participants reviewed economic stimulation in efforts in the former industrial city. While in Salt Lake City, Utah Ms. Stephens and her peers examined the global perspective immersed in the small city’s business culture. In San Francisco the group learned about practices employed by start-up companies. The overarching goal of the program was to encourage the development of small businesses and entrepreneurship.
Ms. Cherianna Philip was selected to participate in the “Public Health Issues” International Visitor Leadership Program. Through the program participants from 22 countries examined global and domestic initiatives towards awareness, prevention and treatment of chronic and non-communicable diseases and learned to address public health concerns in a holistic manner, fitting infectious diseases and non-communicable diseases into a broader policy context of health and well-being. Ms. Philip and her peers discussed public health concerns with representatives at the National Institute of Health, Center for Disease Control, and the Trust for America’s Health.
St. Lucian Ingrid Cox was selected to participate in the International Visitor Leadership Program “HIV/AIDS Education and Prevention.” The goals of the program were to explore U.S. policies on the education, prevention, and treatment of HIV/AIDS at the national, state and local levels; highlight the contributions of non-governmental organizations in educating the public about HIV/AIDS and supporting individuals and communities affected by the disease; and promote international cooperation in the fight against the spread of HIV/AIDS. Following the program, Ms. Cox expressed her hope to engage in a partnership with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation in Los Angeles.
In January and February 2013, Josette Edwards attended the International Visitor Leadership Program “Children in the U.S. Justice System.” Ms. Edwards, an administrative assistant with the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States, was joined by counterparts from 25 countries around the globe. The goals of the program were to explore the U.S. judicial system, especially the legal structures in place to protect children; examine the American juvenile justice system and practices used to treat and rehabilitate juvenile offenders and their families; and examine international cooperation to combat trafficking in children and child exploitation to resolve cross-border child custody disputes, and implement The Hague Convention on International Child Abduction. Participants began the program in Pittsburgh, PA; followed by Washington, DC; and then either Pensacola, FL; Oklahoma City, OK; Austin, TX; or Baton Rogue, LA. The program concluded with a four day session in San Francisco, CA.
Kim Emmanuel was nominated by Embassy Bridgetown to participate in the International Visitor Leadership Program “International Security Issues.” Emmanuel attended sessions in Washington, DC; New York City, NY; and San Diego, CA from April 24 to May 4, 2012. Participants received instruction related to federalism and the development of the American system of government, contemporary and traditional security issues, and urban policing; along with tours of the National Counter Terrorism Center and the United Nations. Ms. Emmanuel is the First Secretary of the High Commission for St. Lucia in London.