Alumni TIES seminars take place in six world regions and the United States; each seminar is three to four days for small groups of alumni. The seminars include expert speakers, capacity development trainings, participant-led discussions, and alumni networking activities. Through the small grants program, alumni have the opportunity to take action and make a positive difference in their communities. Since 2016, the U.S. Department of State has hosted 21 Alumni TIES seminars for 790 exchange alumni.

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Past Seminars

To explore previous Alumni TIES seminars, please visit the Seminars Archive.


Upcoming Seminars

March 21-25, 2022 Minneapolis, Minnesota

The theme for this Alumni TIES is “American Identity: Exploring Our Collective Memory, Heritages, and Histories.” This interdisciplinary seminar will convene 40 alumni from the United States to discuss the roles that education, media, and historical tourism play in sharing American stories and shaping the American identity. Participants will identify strategies on how to share underrepresented stories in American history in their communities. The application for this seminar closed on December 10, 2021.

April 18-22, 2022 Denver, Colorado

The Alumni TIES seminar on “Environmental Diplomacy and its Impact on American Society” will bring 35 exchange alumni from the United States together to explore the economics of environmentalism with a focus on how to build new green infrastructure, transition to renewable energy, increase environmental justice, and support sustainable environmental practices that create new economic opportunities. The application for this seminar closed on September 1, 2021.

Future Seminars

Seminar themes, world regions, and dates are determined by the Office of Alumni Affairs of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State and announced three months before the seminar dates. Stay tuned for information about future seminars!