America's Unofficial Ambassadors

We work at the grassroots level throughout the Muslim World to counter violent extremism before it takes hold, to promote tolerance and understanding, and to foster better relations with the United States.

Participate in the AUA Network’s Monthly Webinars with Industry Leaders

Creative Learning is excited to announce the fall schedule for the AUA Network’s monthly webinar series. AUA webinars, which are open to members of the AUA Network, offer the opportunity to engage with leaders and expert practitioners in the fields of international development, relations between America and the Muslim World, and cross-cultural dialogue. Future Ambassadors, Ambassadors, Ambassador Mentors, and the other Peace Builders committed to AUA’s mission  are welcome to join the AUA Network and take part in these hour-long, lunch time sessions, starting this Tuesday, September 27, 2011, when AUA Director Ben Orbach will introduce the America’s Unofficial Ambassadors initiative and the AUA Directory.

Ben Orbach’s presentation kicks off a dynamic series of interactive discussions with a number of expert practitioners. In October, Luby Ismail, the President of Connecting Cultures will speak on “Dialogue and Engagement with Muslim World,” and in November, Susan Raymond, Executive Vice President of Changing our World, Inc. will present, “Researching and Writing Successful Proposals: Supporting Grassroots NGOs.” These sessions will be indispensable for unofficial ambassadors seeking to volunteer with a grassroots NGO in the Muslim World. Margaret McLaughlin, Deputy Director of Stability Operations at the US State Department’s Foreign Service Institute, will lead a similarly valuable session on building community partnerships in December.

AUA Webinars will be held from 12-1 PM Eastern Time and are open to members of the AUA Network. The format is an initial presentation of 30 to 40 minutes followed by a lively discussion session. To join the AUA Network:

1) Select your appropriate membership type and click on the membership title link to fill out a short application. For descriptions of each, please click here.

2) Join our LinkedIn group.

Once you have submitted your information, an AUA team member will confirm your application, and then grant you full access to the AUA Network.

Members of the AUA Network can RSVP, and receive instructions on how to access each webinar by sending an email to RSVPs will be accepted up to the morning of each event.

The schedule for this fall’s AUA Network is listed below. Click on speakers’ names for their full bio.

  1. September 27, 2011 – Introduction to the AUA initiative and the AUA Directory, Ben Orbach, Director, AUA, Creative Learning
  2. October 26, 2011 – Dialogue and engagement with the Muslim World, for volunteers and practitioners, Luby Ismail, President, Connecting Cultures and intercultural trainer
  3. November 9, 2011 – Researching and writing successful proposals: supporting grassroots NGOs, Susan Raymond, Executive Vice President, Changing Our World, Inc
  4. December 9, 2011 – Community Partnerships: Building personal and productive partnerships that reach across cultures, Margaret McLaughlin, Deputy Director, Stability Operations, Foreign Service Institute, US Dept of State

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