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I am delighted to present to you the Minnesota International Center’s 2011-2012 Annual Report which demonstrates exactly how connected MIC is to our community as a whole and to the world outside Minnesota.
Both the International Visitor Leadership Program and our K-12 Education Program have connected nearly 55,000 Minnesotans with international visiting professionals in the workplace and international speakers in classrooms. We’ve connected MIC members with almost 400 international visitors and students for dinners in local homes. Nearly 10,000 Minnesotans have connected to discuss foreign policy topics through the 57 Great Decisions discussion groups that MIC organizes around the state. Through two new programs – Culture through Cuisine and enRoute – MIC has made it possible for our members and their guests to connect at local ethnic restaurants and to network with each other in a social environment.
As you read our annual report, I am confident that you will see the value in these connections. Our students will be more prepared to live and work in a global economy. People all over the state will be more informed about foreign policy issues. Minnesota’s corporate community will continue to exchange more information and best practices with their professional counterparts around the world. Visitors from other countries will be given first-hand exposure to Americans in their homes and workplaces. The more we all know about each other, the more understanding and less threatened everyone will be. These are the connections that MIC’s programs make.
But, of course, the connection which makes all of the above possible is YOU! Without your support, we wouldn’t be able to send high school students to participate in the national Academic WorldQuest competition; without your support we wouldn’t be to offer public events featuring influential world leaders; without your support MIC wouldn’t be able to make all the important connections mentioned in our annual report.
Carol Engebretson Byrne
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