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 28 Alumni TIES seminars for 1102 exchange alumni.

Past Seminars

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


Upcoming Seminars

March 4-8, 2024 Paris, France

The Alumni TIES seminar on “Diversity and Inclusion through Sports Diplomacy” will bring together 40 alumni of U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs in Paris, France. This seminar is for alumni of U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs from countries in Europe and the United States. Alumni participants that have experience working in athletics, sports administration, sports business, and diversity, equity, inclusion, and access initiatives within the sports industry will be selected for this seminar. This participant-driven seminar will feature thematic breakout sessions, interactive panel discussions, and engagement with experts, participants will examine how sports can serve as a unique tool to reach underserved communities by increasing awareness of available resources and ensuring that diverse communities are afforded access to a range of opportunities to participate in society. The discussions will also examine the impact of discrimination in sports organizations on the individual and the community. The application for this seminar is now closed.

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 four months before the seminar dates. Stay tuned for information about future seminars!