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2nd Annual Global Citizens Gala featuring Keynote Speaker Dr. Katherine Brown

Hosted by Iman Abid

WHEN: WEDNESDAY, May 1, 5:30-8:00PM

WHERE: Italian American Community Center, 150 Frank Dimino Way, Rochester, NY 14624

SPONSORSHIPS: $500-$5,000

Sponsorship Package

For more details about sponsorships, please contact Cecelia Hencke at or call (585) 275-8779

TICKETS: $50 PER PERSON; $40 for RGC Members; $500 TABLE FOR TEN

$25 Student Ticket

Join the international community to support cultural exchange programs and recognize fellow global citizens! 
Net proceeds from this event, our primary fundraiser, support Rochester Global Connections. 

Our major programs help emerging leaders from around the world and people in Rochester have enriching life experiences that build bridges across cultures and promote international understanding.

*The venue is handicap accessible and ASL interpreters will be provided


Global Citizen Award

Jon Schull, Founder, e-NABLE

Outstanding Service to Exchange Programs

Matthew and Roberta Benedict, Friendship Volunteers and Homestay Host

Distinguished International Student Award Finalists

Joseph Adjei, RIT '20
Beatriz Gil Gonzalez, UR '19
Moustafa Lufty, UR '20
Eronmonsele Matthew Omiyi, RIT '19
Kailin Zhuang, UR '19

Honorable Mentions

Shasha Cui, UR '20
Claude Mulindi, UR '22
Akshay Rajput, UR '19
Arturo Peralta Silva, RIT '19
Eva Skovli, RIT '19

Keynote Speaker Dr. Katherine Brown, President & CEO, Global Ties U.S.


Dr. Katherine Brown is the President & CEO of Global Ties U.S., the largest and oldest citizen diplomacy network in the United States. She is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Georgetown University. Previously, Katherine was a Public Policy Manager at Facebook, Inc., where she was also in residence as a Council on Foreign Relations' (CFR) International Affairs Fellow, and served as the Executive Director of the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy. She received her Ph.D. in communications from Columbia University in 2013.

Her book, "Your Country, Our War: The Press and Diplomacy in Afghanistan" was recently released by Oxford University Press in March 2019. Based on eight years of interviews in Kabul, Washington, and New York, Your Country, Our War demonstrates how news has intersected with international politics during the War in Afghanistan and shows the global power and reach of the U.S. news media, especially within the context of the post-9/11 era.

Thank you to our Lead Sponsor

Andy Nahas and the Prospect Fund

Andy Nahas and the Prospect Fund


2018 Annual Global Citizens Gala