Lt. Gov. Lawton to lead ‘citizen diplomacy’ forum at UW-Green Bay

Lieutenant Governor Barbara Lawton will hold a forum on the “Role of States in Citizen Diplomacy” on Monday, Dec. 6, at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

The event, which is open to the public, will be held at 3:30 p.m. in Phoenix Room C of the University Union.

“Citizen diplomacy begins with the premise that individuals have the right, even the responsibility, to help shape and strengthen U.S. foreign relations,” Lawton said. “Our interpersonal relationships help shape U.S. foreign relations one handshake at a time.”

The forum is part of a series of outreach panels Lawton is conducting around the state. The initiative stems from a project the lieutenant governor has been working on since March when she accepted an invitation from the U.S. Center on Citizen Diplomacy to chair a roundtable on the role of states in citizen diplomacy. That roundtable took place at a national summit held in late November in Washington D.C.

The goal of the forum at UW-Green Bay is to highlight citizen diplomacy and to educate university students about the possibilities of citizen diplomacy.

The forum will bring together students, faculty and staff from UW-Green Bay and members of the broader community, including non-governmental organizations and business groups.


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