Summer & Fall Program Highlights

January 25, 2018



In June, five visitors from ALBANIA, BELGIUM, FRANCE, GERMANY, and POLAND visited San Antonio for a program on “Advancing Minority Rights”. The program focused on examining the local government role in protecting against discrimination, challenges facing immigrant communities, advocacy and organizing within Latino communities, LGBT rights & protections, perspectives of local minority faith groups, and indigenous community rights & challenges though meetings with:

  • City of San Antonio’s Diversity & Inclusion Office

  • State Representative Diego Bernal

  • San Antonio Police Department


  • Haven for Hope

  • Masjid Al-Madina/Muslim Children Education & Civic Center

  • American Indians in Texas at the Spanish Colonial Missions (AIT-SCM)


  • Log Cabin Republicans

  • Bexar County Republican Women

Visitors also participated in home hospitality dinners at the homes of SACIV members and toured the San Antonio Missions.













In July, seven visitors from MEXICO visited San Antonio for a program entitled “Mexico Political Party Exchange”. Their program examined Latino voting & elections, Latino elected officials, and Latino NGOs through meetings with:

  • Mexican American Unity Council

  • UTSA’s Dr. Walter Wilson

  • Mexicans & Americans Thinking Together (MATT)

Visitors also participated in a “Communal Home Hospitality” dinner with several SACIV Board Members and community leaders.
















In July, five visitors from KAZAKHSTAN visited San Antonio and Laredo for a program on “Improving Trade Across Kazakhstan’s Border”. They examined the effect of foreign trade zones on a border city and cargo forwarding and trade logistics through meetings with:

  • Laredo Development Foundation

  • TAMIU’s Texas Center for Border Economic & Enterprise Development

  • Laredo Chamber of Commerce

  • San Antonio Wholesale Produce Market

  • UTSA’s San Antonio Small Business Development Center

  • City of San Antonio’s Economic Development Department

  • J. Canavati & Co.

Visitors also toured San Antonio landmarks and participated in home hospitality meals.














In October, ten visitors from GREECE visited San Antonio for a program entitled “Promoting Youth Entrepreneurship & Higher Education in the US”. The program focused on examining this theme through meetings with:

  • Business Careers High School

  • Trinity University

  • VelocityTX

Visitors also spent time exploring the city and attended a Spurs game.
















In October, thirteen visitors from BAHRAIN, EGYPT, IRAQ, JORDAN, KUWAIT, MOROCCO, PALESTINE, and SAUDI ARABIA visited San Antonio for a program on “Women & Entrepreneurship”. Their program examined empowering young girls to pursue nontraditional career fields & entrepreneurship, support networks for women, the efficacy of micro-lending, and addressing the struggles of women and minorities through meetings with:

  • Stepping Stones Pediatric Feeding & Speech Therapy Clinic

  • LiftFund

  • Launch SA

  • Women’s Business Center

  • Alamo Travel Group/Ms. Patricia Stout

  • La Fuerza Unida

  • Geekdom

Visitors also participated in a “Project Closing Evaluation” session and dinned on the Riverwalk.

















In November, eight visitors from BELGIUM, GERMANY, LITHUANIA, MALTA, SPAIN, and UNITED KINGDOM visited San Antonio and Laredo for a program on “The Impact of Refugees & Migration on Domestic Policies”. They examined local border security & immigration law enforcement and legal services for immigrants through meetings with:

  • Rio Grande Detention Center

  • Texas Riogrande Legal Aid


  • MATT

  • US Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE)

Visitors also explored the downtown, biked the Mission Trail, went salsa dancing, went to a Spurs game, and participated in a home hospitality experience.  













In November, four visitors from INDIA visited San Antonio for a program entitled “Community Responsiveness: Law Enforcement Leadership”. Their program examined US police department operations, training, & community engagement, border security & anti-drug-trafficking partnerships, and community partnerships to prevent human trafficking and support trafficking victims through meetings with:

  • San Antonio Police Department

  • Southwest Texas High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA)

  • SAPD’s San Antonio Fear Free Environment (SAFFE) Unit

  • SAPD’s Training Academy

  • Bexar County District Attorney’s Office


Visitors also participated in police “ride-alongs” with on duty SAPD officers as they patrolled the city, as well as spent time exploring San Antonio and attending a Spurs game.











In December, eleven visitors from PAKISTAN visited San Antonio for a program on “Coalition Building for NGOs”. The program focused on examining NGO management strategies & fundraising at the local level, supporting the non-profit sector in rural communities, engaging youth in community development programs, advocating and lobbying for children’s rights, and the use of technology and social media in the non-profit community through meetings with:

  • Martinez Street Women’s Center

  • San Antonio Area Foundation

  • Association of Fundraising Professionals

  • The Non-Profit Council

  • The Big Give SA

  • Haven for Hope

  • Mr. JD Salinas (AT&T)

  • The Children’s Shelter

  • MOVE San Antonio

Visitors also enjoyed activities such as a bus tour of the San Antonio Missions & the Alamo and were guests of honor at SACIV’s annual “Holiday Party”.



















In December, five visitors from VIETNAM visited San Antonio for a program entitled “Smart Cities”. They examined natural resource management, population growth, and alternative energy through meetings with:

  • VIA Metropolitan Transportation

  • City of San Antonio’s Transportation & Capital Improvements (TCI) Department

  • CPS Energy

  • City of San Antonio’s Department of Planning & Community Development (DCPD)

  • SAPD’s Public Safety Answering Point

Visitors also had the opportunity to tour a local solar farm, participate in cultural activities downtown, and celebrate the season at SACIV’s annual “Holiday Party”.

Please reload

Featured Posts