Iowa International Center Newsflash - Edition 5 - 2015
About the Iowa International Center Dialogue Series
The Iowa International Center Dialogue Series, sponsored by DuPont Pioneer, is a monthly forum held at the Central Library, highlighting current international issues, offering perspective on current events and providing audience members the opportunity to ask questions and learn from experts. Dialogue Series events are free and open to the public. Thank you to our promotional sponsors:
- Karen Miller of Manpower of Des Moines and leadership from Capital City Fruit, 3M, Lemar Industries and Pine Ridge Farms: :Tapping into the Untapped Workforce"
Nominations for the Iowa International Center’s 2015 Passport to Prosperity Awards are closed, but be sure to look for our announcement on June 12 to see the amazing individuals to be honored at this year's event. Passport to Prosperity is our community's most inspiring celebration of the global Iowa. Please plan to join us on Saturday, September 26 at the Olmsted Center at Drake University, to help celebrate the accomplishments of immigrants and refugees now living in Iowa who have made the social, cultural and economic fabric of our state more successful and vibrant through their lives and work.
2015 Passport to Prosperity Honorary Event Committee Members
Thanks to these 2015 Passport to Prosperity Sponsors
Would you like to be recognized as a champion of diversity in Iowa? Become involved in Passport to Prosperity through sponsorship! Sponsorship brings you front-and-center and connects you to more than 275 of our community's most culturally-minded leaders, while proceeds support the Iowa International Center's Ray Resource Initiative Campaign to provide free multilingual services and educational opportunities for new Iowans.
IIC Welcomes Cheryl Dahlquist to Board of Directors
The Iowa International Center is proud to welcome Cheryl Dahlquist as the newest member of our Board of Directors. Cheryl currently serves as Executive Director, Database Marketing Services for Meredith Corporation in Des Moines. Dahlquist is responsible for growing the revenues of the Database Marketing Services group, the business unit responsible for leveraging for clients the data insights generated from Meredith’s 100-million name consumer database and its digital data from 70 million unique monthly site visitors. Dahlquist is a life-long Des Moines resident. Cheryl and her husband, David Dahlquist, are also enthusiastic home hospitality volunteers for IIC's International Visitor Programs.
International Visitors Get Hands-On Volunteer
Experience In Des Moines
One of the critical opportunities the Iowa International Center provides for IVLP visitors is the chance to learn first-hand about volunteerism and community involvement in Iowa. Recent visitors studying issues of women and justice in the U.S. spent time during their Des Moines program volunteering at Bidwell Riverside, serving clients and sorting food. Through great partnerships with organizations like Bidwell Riverside, Goodwill of Des Moines and Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity, emerging leaders from around the world can give back to Iowans, while gaining practical knowledge for implementation in their home countries - a win-win situation! If you have a community-based volunteer opportunity you'd like to share with us, for potential involvement with our international visitor program participants, please email Janet Norton at firstname.lastname@example.org with details.
Iowa International Center Interpreter Spotlight
The Iowa International Center has a network of more than 150 trained interpreters in central Iowa. When the opportunity arises, we love to share a personal stories of some of these amazing multilingual individuals. Subbu Varanasi (pictured left) is originally from India, and has been translating and interpreting for the past twelve years. Prior to coming to the U.S., he ran a translation and interpretation company in India. Subbu is an excellent resource for our organization, because he speaks SIX different languages and dialects requested by our clients and brings a wealth of personal and professional experience to our community. Subbu says that thinking in one language and expressing the thoughts in another language proved very fascinating to him at a young age. We recently learned Subbu has served as an interpreter for the U.S. State Department, working with our partner organizations - including Meridian International - to interpret for International Visitor Leadership Program groups visiting the U.S. For more information on how IIC can help you with your interpretation and translation needs, please contact Rhonda Greenway at email@example.com.
11th Annual Iowa Interpreters and Translators Association (IITA) Conference
"Raising the Bar Through Education"
DMACC Urban Campus, Des Moines, Iowa - June 19 - 20, 2015
This year's IITA conference is a great learning opportunity for those in the interpretation and translation world. Workshops include Advanced Simultaneous Skills Building (Spanish), Court Interpreter Ethics and Self-Advocacy on and off the Record, From Bilingual to Professional: Medical Interpreting for Beginners and Early Practitioners and more. Enrollment is limited. Click here for a complete schedule.
May 30 - June 3 - IVLP program focused on International Crime with visitors from Afganistan, Greece, Hong Kong, Laos, Oman, Peru and Portugal
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