Alumni Happenings: From Ambassador Nominations to Environmental Activism

One of our Cultural Vistas Alumni Network members asked President Obama a question at an Entrepreneurship Summit in Havana. And that’s just one of our alumni.

Cultural Vistas Alumni Network Happenings June Collage

What have our alumni been up to?

  • Ian Bateson (Alfa Fellowship, 2013), contributed an op-ed to the New York Times titled “Ukraine Declares War on Journalism.” Ian says, “This is dangerous in any society, but especially in Ukraine right now, where critical journalism is especially necessary.
  • Cordell Carter (Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship, 2007) was named one of the 2016 Zhi-Xing China Eisenhower Fellows.
  • Jaydelyn Reise De Vera and Sandy Jan Labarosa (YSEALI Generation: Earth, 2015) continue to advance their environmental initiatives—ASEAN Green Power and One Baby, One Tree—born during our workshop in Siem Reap, Cambodia. In May, they organized a Zumba Dance-a-thon (see photos) to raise funds to distribute health kits across the country. They’re also hosting an interactive workshop, taking place this week, to educate students on deforestation issues and proper plastic disposal in Sablayan, Philippines.


Events + Alumni Network News

  • On May 25, we hosted an online alumni discussion with three Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals alumni: Tim Hernquist (1997), Jennifer Huffman (2011), and Nancy Mancilla (1999). Watch the full discussion here.
  • Save the Date: On June 28, we’ll be launching our 2016 photo contest. Open to all alumni, the winner will receive a trip to Washington, D.C. for FotoWeekDC and a gallery event with their photo featured.

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Richard Bobo

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