As we welcomed everyone to SACIV’s Annual Summer Membership Mixer, we were delighted by the response, attendance, and profound opportunity it presented. The mixer brought together professional resources who have generously given their time to various international delegations, SACIV’s dedicated community of members, and two State Department delegations who were in town at the same time.
The first delegation was on Global Economic Cooperation and brought representatives from Nepal, Nigeria, Mexico, Ghana, and Tunisia together to learn about San Antonio’s work encouraging foreign direct investment and international cooperation. The second was a group of administrators seeking best practices for engaging and working with youth to encourage civic activism. All of the attendees at the mixer enjoyed having the opportunity to meet with these visitors at the Wyndham Gardens Riverwalk Hotel and build transnational friendships over delicious food.
At the mixer, we also had the chance to thank a sampling of the professional resources who make each of our delegations so impactful to the international visitors we accommodate. Representatives from RAICES, the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures, the City of San Antonio International Relations Office, Texas Women’s Health Care Coalition, the Children’s Shelter, and the Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance were all able to attend and receive a token of thanks from SACIV. Without support from these groups and others in the community, San Antonio would not be the IVLP destination that it is.
Each visitor also had the chance to introduce themselves in front of the crowd and talk a little bit about their work. The diverse array of backgrounds they brought to the event energized the experience for everyone. We were glad to see that everyone had a fun time and enjoyed the company of their next-door and global neighbors; it makes us even more excited for future SACIV events!