Our Mission & Values

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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 every 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;
  • A belief that the people of the world are interconnected;
  • Open and respectful dialogue.

Our Pillars of Work

For more than fifty years, we at UCCD has been Utah's civil sector leader in shaping foreign relations in Utah by fostering people-to-people connections. The three pillars of our work include:

International Exchange Programs

UCCD works with the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program and other exchange programs to welcome hundreds of emerging leaders from around the world to Utah to meet with like-minded professionals, businesses, government agencies, and organizations to exchange best practices and network while highlighting Utah as an economic, cultural, and innovation hub and experiencing Utah’s unique culture.

World Affairs Lectures & Conversations

UCCD invites the local community to attend the Ambassador John Price and Marcia Price World Affairs Lecture Series, Foreign Policy Association Great Decisions course, and our Fireside Chats live podcast recording. Our lectures, conversations, and dialogues provide insight into critical national and global issues, shaping public discourse. We convene leading experts who engage the public to explore ideas that transform how we connect with the world.

Young Diplomats of Utah

Our Young Diplomats of Utah program immerses youth, age 14 - 32, in international relations in preparation for becoming Utah's future leaders. High school youth participate in activities that foster their leadership skills through civic preparation, engagement with the many cultures in Utah, and learning about the role Utah plays in the world. College-age youth can travel to global events to develop their leadership skills around the sustainability issues that matter most to them. Our fellowship and internship program fosters employability skills and connects career-ready youth with international relations career opportunities.

Citizen diplomacy is a powerful tool for creating sustainable economic and social relationships in a globally connected world. Please explore our programs, events, and opportunities on our website in more detail, and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss ways to get involved.


Our Branding

Our branding colors, variations of red, white, and blue, have ocean-themed names like navy, aqua, and buoy. They represent the concept that UCCD connects the people, often across oceans, with its flagship international exchange programs. These colors are often coupled with wavy lines, hinting at an evolving world in which your efforts make progress along a path of peace and understanding.

But some branding elements we kept the same, like our logo icon of two people shaking hands on a bridge. Why? Because we often build bridges through Citizen Diplomacy. The concept that every individual helps shape foreign relations “one handshake at a time.”

Our Social Responsibility

UCCD is a non-partisan, non-profit committed to social responsibility. We celebrate, support, and thrive when diversity in all forms is represented.

As an equal opportunity employer that promotes respect and understanding between the people of Utah and other nations, we do not discriminate in employment or participation in our programs based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factors.

Furthermore, UCCD recognizes we must play an active role in being environmentally conscious. Therefore, UCCD is committed to using sustainable green business practices in our business and our programs whenever possible.