The Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy is proud to begin a new podcast series: Fireside Chats! These chats are short conversations with Utah’s citizen diplomats who are reformulating the American worldview from one of despair to one of hope during a time of multiple crises.
These 30-40 minute long segments are discussion-based, where a small group of participants can engage with the speaker. Fireside chats are intended to create an intimate conversation between the audience and the speaker.
Gerald Brown shares his story and experiences that helped shape his passion for working in refugee resettlement. From living in Cairo, processing asylum applications, helping shape the refugee process to include refugee community organizations, and assisting with the creation of the Utah Refugee Services Offices, Brown's motto of "just befriend a refugee in Utah" has opened endless opportunities. UCCD's Executive Director, Felecia Maxfield-Barrett, and Gerald Brown discuss how his actions have exemplified the spirit of Citizen Diplomacy, how Utah has led a successful path of refugee resettlement, and how the community can step up to assist with the hurdles refugees continue to face in our state.