Who We Are

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Our Mission:

To promote respect and understanding between the people of Utah and other nations.

Our Guiding Principle:

Citizen diplomacy is the concept that the individual has the right, even the responsibility, to help shape U.S. foreign relations "one handshake at a time."

Our Values:

We are committed to the following values:

  • Respect for all people and diverse perspectives;
  • Personal and social responsibility;
  • Belief that the people of the world are interconnected;
  • Open and respectful dialogue.

The Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy (UCCD) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting global understanding and respect between the people of Utah and other nations.  Since 1967, UCCD has been Utah’s leader in international professional and cultural exchange and works as a nonprofit partner with the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program. Each year, UCCD welcomes more than 400 emerging leaders from around the world to Utah for short-term professional and cultural exchanges. UCCD is a member of Global Ties U.S. and the Utah chapter of the World Affairs Councils of America (WACA).


Our Strategic Plan:

Download our strategic plan here