International Services Council of Alabama
ISC of Alabama promotes international relationships through citizen diplomacy and enriches Alabama’s education, commerce and global awareness. The International Services Council of Alabama manages a number of programs designed to bring the international community and the citizens of Alabama together to participate in global conversations on important issues. These programs educate and inform foreign visitors and local residents of the many similarities they share, as well as of the many differences that make our 21st century world such an interesting place.
To promote international relationships through citizen diplomacy and enrich Alabama’s education, commerce and global awareness — is supported by its core values of respect, friendships, collaboration, lifelong learning, multicultural diversity and globalization.
ISC of Alabama is an active participant in the U.S. Dept of State International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) which brings leaders from around the globe to the U.S. to broaden their professional horizons through contact with American professionals. Through this program, Alabamians engage in citizen diplomacy, “the concept that every citizen has the right, even the responsibility, to help shape U.S. foreign policy one handshake at a time.”
Also, partnering with UA Huntsville’s office of international programs and services to form the global perspectives institute, ISC established a lecture series featuring renowned experts who bring diverse perspectives on international topics to the Huntsville community. Open to the general public and designed to foster communications between policy-makers and citizens, this series provides the community with the tools needed to understand the role of global affairs in Alabama’s continuing growth as an international economic and cultural center.
Collaborating with the Academy for Science and Foreign Language (ASFL), a Huntsville city public magnet school, ISC helps foster awareness of global cultures and facilitates tolerance of diversity of cultures among elementary and middle school children. The project develops connections between ASFL classrooms, teachers and students, and their counterparts throughout the globe using the web site ePals.
The International Services Council of Alabama has been in existence in Huntsville since 1965, helping international military trainees at Redstone Arsenal feel at home, coordinating multi-cultural events in the Huntsville area, providing information about immigration and naturalization services to area residents, and hosting international visitors traveling to Alabama under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program [IVLP].
Over the past four decades, ISC has benefited from funding from the City of Huntsville, the Madison County Commission, the U.S. Department of State – Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs, the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Jane K. Lowe Foundation, local corporations and private donors.
Host an International High School Exchange Student
If you are intersted in hosting a foreign exchange student in your home for a semester during the 2014-2015 academic year, please let us know: [email protected]