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International Visitors Bureau Awarded $15,750 Community Partnership GrantGohar Grigorian

International Visitors Bureau Awarded $15,750 Community Partnership Grant

The UCLA International Visitors Bureau given 2003 funding from the State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the National Council for International Visitors.

By Leslie Evans

The UCLA International Institute's International Visitors Bureau was successful in winning a $15,750 Community Partnership grant for its 2002 work, awarded May 15 after a competitive national review by the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs and the National Council for International Visitors (NCIV). The NCIV is based in Washington, DC. It is a consortium of 96 nonprofit organizations dedicated to providing cultural activities and home hospitality opportunities for foreign leaders, specialists, and international scholars.

The UCLA International Visitors Bureau was founded in 1966. It welcomes some 600 visitors to the UCLA campus every year, arranging consultations with university faculty or administrators on a broad range of national and international issues. Many of the visitors are study delegations of foreign leaders, academics, or representatives of the press on national study tours sponsored by the U.S. State Department and other agencies. This demanding work is overseen by Gohar Grigorian, the International Visitors Bureau Program Officer, who also wrote the successful grant.

The IVB moved from the campus's Murphy Hall administrative hub to become part of the International Institute in Bunche Hall in July 2002. The IVB arranges visits for representatives of governments, corporations, foundations, foreign universities, and nongovernmental organizations of many kinds. Recent delegations have met with UCLA faculty to discuss American business practices, cross border traficking in human beings for prostitution and indentured labor, film preservation, investigative journalism, protection of women from sexual abuse, and public transportation, among many other topics. One innovation is that the IVB through their website now shares with the campus reports on some of the more interesting of the visitors:  www.international.ucla.edu/visitors.asp

The new grant will be used to pay part of the salaries of the International Visitors Bureau professional and student staff, to provide information packets to visitors, and to pay for some visitor parking.

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