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Great Lakes Consortium

Each year, the Great Lakes Consortium for International Training and Development supports international programming for both local communities and communities throughout the globe. The program has supported humanitarian, community development and educational initiatives in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. The consortium has also supported delegations of visitors to the United States, specifically the northwest Ohio region, to build connections between local and global leaders.


The Great Lakes Consortium for International Training & Development builds global connections that make local impacts. In its 20-year history, the consortium has welcomed more than 1,200 international guests from 18 countries to the United States, and has sent nearly 1,000 Americans overseas for professional development to address cultural, economic, humanitarian and other needs. The consortium began in 1999 and is a cooperative effort of Bowling Green State University, Lourdes University, the University of Toledo and Great Lakes Community Action Partnership

Shaping Participatory Democracy

The Shaping Participatory Democracy Professional Fellows Program is a two-way exchange program for professionals and leaders from the United States and Albania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, and Slovakia. The first step of the program starts with international fellows traveling to the United States for professional development opportunities with host organizations throughout the country. Mentors help international fellows learn American methods in shaping participatory democracy in communities while comparing one another's professional experiences. The U.S. mentors then make a reciprocal visit to international fellows’ countries for consultations and trainings.


Elizabeth Balint
International Program Specialist

Chisom Ugwu
International Program Assistant