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Lansing Regional Sister Cities Commission: Lansing's Window to the World

Posted By Michelle Rahl, Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce, Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Updated: Tuesday, September 02, 2014

The Lansing Regional Sister Cities Commission (LRSCC) is a non-profit organization 501C3. Our mission is to build peace through friendship. We plan, coordinate and carry out long-term international exchange programs using a framework of formally acknowledged city-to-city relationships. We connect Lansing to the rest of the world with global sister city relationships sustained by the dedication of our local and national volunteer citizen diplomacy network.

The sister city approach to international exchanges is personalized, inclusive, and centered on citizen-to-citizen diplomacy. We develop and sustain programs aimed at strengthening cross cultural understanding and diversity.

The LRSCC is affiliated with Sister Cities International, founded in 1956 by U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, as the People to People program. The sister cities programs help foster projects in areas including education, business, arts and culture, the environment, and humanitarian outreach.

Lansing’s first Sister City relationship was formed in 1968, with Otsu, Japan. Guadalajara, Mexico was added in 1982.  Saltillo, Mexico was added in 1994, Sanming, China in 1997 and Akuapim South District, Ghana in 1997. Asan, South Korea was added as a Sister City in 2008. Other global ties of local heritage or institutional connections are sometimes recognized formally and designated by the Commission as friendship cities:  Cosenza, Italy; Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; Lanzhou, China; and Sakaide, Japan. The LRSCC works to bring about a deepened appreciation in our community for the beauty and unique strengths of the world’s myriad cultures.  We are the Lansing Region’s window to the world.

In honor of our 20th anniversary, the Lansing Regional Sister Cities commission will be hosting “A Celebration of Global Diversity” fundraiser on September 19th to engage and educate the community about cross-cultural understanding and trends. The celebration will begin with luncheon sponsored by the Global Business Club of Mid-Michigan and hosted by Dr. Tomas Hult, Director, International Business Center at Michigan State University. The highlight will be Mary Kane, President/CEO of Sister Cities International who will speak about “Building Partnerships and Strategic Alliances.” The second session will be “Cybersecurity: Beyond Theories, Policies and Vulnerabilities”.  It will be led by Daniel Lohrmann, an international expert and formerly Michigan’s Chief Security Officer.  Next, the Global Diplomatic Roundtable will help to heighten understanding and knowledge of global trends and challenges with the aim of enhancing global awareness, cross-cultural understanding and community engagement in a global context.

The day will culminate with a gala beginning at 5:30pm to celebrate food, fashion and entertainment from all over the world. We will have special performances to honor our sister and friendship cities including the Silk Road Chinese Orchestra, tenor Gino Federici and musican, Alvin Waddles. Waddles will also be musical director for the day’s events.  

If you are interested in attending or supporting LRSCC’s 20th anniversary “Celebration of Global Diversity” with a sponsorship or ad, click here.  

Post submitted by: Kiley Kastl, International Relations Intern, Lansing Regional Sister Cities Commission

Tags:  20th anniversary  citizen to citizen  cross cultural understanding  diplomacy  global network  humanitarian outreach  international exchange program  non-profit  sister cities commission  world culture 

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