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.


What We Do: 

The Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy believes that everyone has the right, even the responsibility to help shape U.S. foreign relations “one handshake at a time,” and since 1967, we at UCCD have fostered citizen diplomacy by creating meaningful person-to-person interactions with individuals from other countries and cultures.

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 create networks while experiencing Utah’s unique culture.

UCCD invites the local community to attend the Ambassador John Price and Marcia Price World Affairs Lecture Series, a free and open to the public event.  This lecture series, hosted in partnership with Westminster College, provides insight on critical global issues, helping shape public discourse. We convene leading global voices and engage the public to explore ideas that will shape our global future, transcending borders and transforming how people, businesses, and governments engage the world.

Our Young Diplomats of Utah program supports educators and students in their efforts to learn more about the world and develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary for success in today’s global society. The best part of the Young Diplomats of Utah program is that it supports Utah Core State Standards for Social Studies through civic preparation, engagement with Utah’s diverse peoples, understanding the role Utah plays in a globally connected community, and how world affairs have a local impact on Utah. 

Citizen diplomacy is a powerful tool for creating sustainable economic and social relationships in a globally connected world.  Please support UCCD’s efforts by becoming a Professional Resource that meets with our International Visitors; host a dinner for some of our International Visitors through our Taste of Home Hospitality program; volunteer at our World Affairs Lecture Series, Vivaldi by Candlelight fundraiser, or WORLDQUEST global trivia competition; or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss other ways to get involved.