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For Immediate Release:
March 15, 2013
Media Contact:
Rene Diaz


The Office of Community Advocacy along with the Miami Council for International Visitors exchange ideas with French Consul on cultural diversity management

From left to right: Adam Tavakoly, Annette G. Alvarez, Sophie Delporte, Gaël de Maisonneuve, Mohammad S. Shakir, Barnaby Min, Esq., Rene Diaz

(MIAMI, FL) - The Miami-Dade County Office of Community Advocacy joined efforts with the Miami Council for International Visitors to introduce the French Consul General, Gaël de Maisonneuve, to innovative ways in which to handle culture assimilation in France through the use of Community Advisory Boards.

In a meeting that took place on Tuesday, March 12, 2013, members of the Asian Advisory Board shared ideas with Mr. de Maisonneuve on how to get the Muslim community involved with local government in France. Some of the ways mentioned included changing the perception of the community through media outlets and culture sensitivity training for all law enforcement agents and government employees. Cultural education can help citizens become aware of the different cultures that exist in their community and in turn invite them to become part of it.

The Miami-Dade Asian Advisory Board is the link between the Asian minorities and the local government. The Consul General is looking to mimic some of the processes used in Miami-Dade County to implement them overseas in order to bridge the culture gap that has been ignored until recent years.

Miami-Dade County is a model community for many European countries facing immigration and population assimilation challenges. 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.