Globally connected to drive positive change

A Community of Changemakers

Your journey as a Cultural Vistan doesn’t only begin and end with your program — the Cultural Vistas Alumni Community encourages alumni from across our programs to build meaningful relationships by facilitating on-going opportunities to connect, network, and engage with each other.

Cultural Vistas alumni are global changemakers who use the skills and insights gained through their program experiences to make a difference in their spheres of influence. Led by our diverse and dedicated Alumni Council and centered around our commitment to drive positive global change, our alumni community inspires us to expand opportunities to grow this community.

Alumni By the Numbers

The Alumni Commitment

Our alumni are committed to addressing global challenges with an inclusive mindset, promoting mutual understanding, and driving positive change in the world.

The Alumni Commitment affirms these values and provides alumni who sign it with opportunities to connect, network and engage with each other.

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Our Alumni Council

A leadership advisory group established to create connections among Cultural Vistas’ program alumni. Through their international experiences and career expertise, they help us co-create a dynamic and resilient community that is more curious, culturally competent, and globally engaged.

Lela Akiashvili

Edmund S. Muskie Professional Fellowship, 2018

Diara Andrews Giles

Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange For Professionals, 1999-2000

Liudmila Batista, Co-Chair

Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program, 2018-2019

Andrew Bogrand

Alfa Fellowship Program, 2014-2015

Paul Coraggio

Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals, 2013-2014

Dominick D. Kennerson

Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship, 2010-2011

Mariana C. Martinez

Welcoming Communities Transatlantic Exchange, 2016

Dr. Earl Mowatt

Building a Diverse & Inclusive Culture of Remembrance, 2021 (virtual)

Eva Poppe, Co-Chair

Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals, 2002-2003

Michael Sani

U.K. Youth Issues, 2013

Angie Schmidt Whitney M.A.

Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals, 1999-2000

Ricardo Vanella

International Visitor Leadership Program, 2010

My year in the U.S. with Cultural Vistas’ Parlamentarisches Patenschafts Program (CBYX) ignited within me a flame of understanding, compassion, and boundless curiosity. Serving on the Alumni Council is my commitment to fostering that flame in others, bridging divides, and building a world where differences are celebrated and unity is our strength. Together, we illuminate pathways to global citizenship, empowering the next generation to shape a future of empathy, connection, and endless possibilities.

Eva Poppe, Alumni Council Co-Chair

Annual Alumni Leadership & Impact Awards

Since 2018, Cultural Vistas has recognized outstanding alumni for their leadership and impact through our annual awards for leadership and impact. Awardees come from a diverse set of backgrounds and experiences that are connected to our global community of changemakers.

These are the highest honors bestowed annually among our alumni. Learn more about our awardees below!


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