Office of Community Advocacy educates French visitors on American culture and diversity
(MIAMI, FL) - In an effort to help individuals from different countries better understand the diversity of the American culture, the Miami-Dade County Office of Community Advocacy joined efforts with The Miami Council for International Visitors to host international delegates. As a part of the Department of State’s International Visitors Leadership Program, Mr. Mohamed Aoudia, Mr. Hassan Boutemine, Ms. Pauline Froissart, Ms. Eve Gani, and Ms. Rachel Khan participated in a meeting which took place on Thursday, February 28, 2013 in the Office of Community Advocacy.
The U.S. Department of State sponsored this three week project for these five participants from France in an attempt to provide them with an increased understanding of the milestones that helped integrate various ethnic groups into mainstream America and the challenges such groups continue to face, including issues pertaining to at-risk youth.
The Department of State has outlined the following specific objectives for the project:
- Introduce the ethnic and religious diversity in American culture;
- Examine U.S. laws, policies and practices protecting against racial, religious, gender, and LGBT discrimination;
- Demonstrate how immigrants can integrate into the American mainstream while retaining their cultural identity;
- Understand the cultural context of diversity and related socio-economic issues in the U.S.;
- Observe diversity and multiculturalism in the U.S. educational system;
- Explore diversity in U.S. media and television;
- Examine civic engagement and political participation of members of diverse communities, including ethnic and religious minorities, women, and LGBT.
Miami Dade County is a model community for many European countries facing immigration and population assimilation challenge. The U.S. Department of State frequently invites foreign civil society leaders seeking a broader understanding of American culture to visit Miami-Dade County where they can learn about the County’s Community Advocacy Boards and their community building efforts.
For more information please contact the Office of Community Advocacy at 305-375-5730.