Rural Engagement in Global Affairs

Birmingham, Alabama
February 27 – March 3, 2023

39 ExchangeAlumni gathered in the heart of the “magic” city of Birmingham, Alabama in late February 2023. The ExchangeAlumni, who represented 24 U.S. states, Guam, and 17 exchange programs, were there to explore the challenges that rural communities face and discuss integrative and inclusive measures for improving the health, education, agriculture, and economic development of their communities. The discussions emphasized the important role that rural communities play in America’s history and economy, and many participants brainstormed on how to connect their communities to global issues.

By the Numbers

39 Alumni Participants

22
Women

13
Men

1
Gender Non-Conforming

1
Gender-Expansive

1
Non-Binary

1
Prefer not to answer

Alumni Participants’ Home Countries

24
States, Guam, and Washington, DC

Small Grant Projects

9
Small Grant Projects in 7 States and Guam

Alumni Participants’ Exchange Programs

17
Exchange Programs