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Great Lakes Consortium celebrates 20 years

Great Lakes Consortium celebrates 20 years

Supporters of the Great Lakes Consortium for International Training & Development show their gratitude during a flag ceremony at the Inspiring International Connections event on April 23 in Toledo. The event marked 20 years for the consortium, which began as and remains a collaboration of Bowling Green State University, University of Toledo, Lourdes University and managing partner WSOS Community Action Commission (now Great Lakes Community Action Partnership).

 

Great Lakes Consortium for International Training & Development celebrated 20 years of forging worldwide partnerships with an event at the Inverness Club of Toledo on April 23, 2019.

The event, titled “Inspiring International Connections,” recognized the achievements of the consortium in supporting intercultural, international programs that have brought more than 1,400 international guests from 20 different countries to northwest Ohio for training and development. The consortium has also sent more than 1,000 Americans overseas for programs throughout its history.

Special guests to the event included Malaika McAdams, U.S. Dept. of State program specialist, as well as U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur, who has long supported the consortium’s work. The consortium’s most recently arrived delegation of 17 professional fellows from Albania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia were also in attendance. The delegates' visit to the U.S. was sponsored by the U.S. Dept. of State Professional Fellows program.

 

Professional fellows from Albania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania
and Slovakia joined the Inspiring International Connections
event. Delegates are visiting the U.S. from April 19 to May 31.

 

“We are pleased to be able to recognize the accomplishments the consortium has made in its 20-year history,” said Elizabeth Balint, Great Lakes Consortium for International Training & Development project manager. “We have seen many professionals from all parts of the world make lifelong connections with one another as a result of our work.”

The event also paid tribute to former Wood County Democratic Chairman Al Baldwin, who died in 2013 and was instrumental in founding the consortium as a means of creating cross-cultural partnerships.

Great Lakes Consortium for International Training & Development was established in 1999 as a collaboration of Bowling Green State University, University of Toledo, Lourdes University and managing partner WSOS Community Action Commission (now Great Lakes Community Action Partnership).


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