Board Nomination Process

Thank you for your interest in the Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy (UCCD) Board of Directors. Please read the additional information provided below before applying, and if you have questions, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Chair of the UCCD Governance Committee. 

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About UCCD:

Since 1967, UCCD has served as Utah's leading non-profit in international relations. As a non-partisan non-profit that has connected more than 12,000 emerging leaders with Utah businesses, government agencies, non-profit, and religious leaders, UCCD programs highlight Utah as an economic, innovative, and cultural hub. 

Furthermore, UCCD's programs are essential to:

  • combating negative stereotypes of America;
  • immersing the broader community in cultures, customs, and languages;
  • conducting meaningful dialogue that enhances national security;
  • connecting Utahns with resources to find solutions to global and local challenges.

 

THE NEED FOR CITIZEN DIPLOMACY

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. That means individuals young and old, families, U.S. citizens, immigrants who now call Utah home, business owners, elected leaders, and non-profit change-makers are citizen diplomats in their everyday interactions with those around them.

However, we would argue that the UCCD Board of Directors are the most important Citizen Diplomats as they govern and guide the organization to do this important work. 

Board Members Roles & Responsibilities

As a member of the UCCD Board of Directors, you have the responsibility to:

  • Embrace the UCCD mission of promoting respect and understanding between the people of Utah and other nations.
  • Learn and carry out the legal responsibilities of the board.
  • Learn enough about UCCD to portray it accurately, and act as an ambassador between UCCD and the community.
  • Attend all board meetings, retreats, and special events.
  • Come to board meetings prepared to participate fully.
  • Respond to UCCD requests for information in a timely manner.
  • Participate in at least one board committee or program subcommittee.
  • Make a minimum annual financial gift of $500.
  • Help with fundraising efforts in whatever way is most appropriate.
  • Communicate clearly and respectfully, and support the decisions of the full board, whether you agree with the decision or not.
  • Exercise the utmost confidentiality in dealings with the board discussions and information.
  • Be committed to and represent at all times the following UCCD 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.

UCCD Responsibilities

By serving on the Board of Directors, UCCD has the responsibility to:

  • Provide clear and reasonable expectations for board members to adhere to.
  • Provide consistent, timely communications from the UCCD Executive Director.
  • Provide access to any information about the organization needed to govern.
  • Provide training, encouragement, and strategic advice to carry out tasks.
  • Be respectful of the time, views, and talents you offer the board. 

Board Nomination Timeline

January 1- March 31: Board nomination process is opened

April: Board nomination review and interviews will be conducted on applicants

May: Board of Directors will vote on nominations, and selected applicants will be contacted. 

June: New board members will attend a UCCD Board orientation.

September: First Board of Directors meeting will be held.