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Senator Brown Meets in Washington with International Exchange Advocates from Akron
Thursday, November 13, 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) met today with Michelle Wilson and Shannon Anicas, representatives of Global Ties Akron, a global education initiative that partners with the U.S. Department of State to coordinate international exchange programs through the department’s International Visitor Leadership Program. Wilson serves as Global Ties Akron’s Executive Director and Anicas serves as Program Director. The two attended his weekly coffee with constituents during their trip to Washington D.C. to advocate for international exchange and global education programs.

“It was an honor to meet with Michelle Wilson and Shannon Anicas,” Brown said. “Their work helps bridge the gap between the United States and other nations, giving both international and American students a chance to explore new cultures and leadership opportunities through education and collaboration.”

Global Ties Akron, formerly known as Akron International Friendship, brings current and future leaders from around the world to communities throughout the United States. The initiative seeks to strengthen relationships between professional leaders at the top of their field from other nations and the United States by welcoming them in the Northeast Ohio community. The organization also works with international students at the University of Akron.

Know Your Community - Know Your World

KYCKYW is a global education initiative designed to bring international and community members into school class rooms to better understand countries, cultures and religions around the world and in their own back yards. By exposing students to real life social studies we enhance their learning of 21st century skills and global competencies, so they can be an engaged member of the global economy.


Thank you for visiting
Global Ties Akron!

Whether you are a new or old friend, international or local resident or
guest, we are pleased to welcome you as citizen diplomats. We offer a special welcome to international guests who are making
Akron their home for a few days, a semester, a year or for life.
We hope that you find our website and the information provided to be
helpful. If you would like further information or to discuss how you
could be involved we encourage you to contact us.
Best Wishes,
Michelle Wilson
Executive Director

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Contact Information:
Global Ties Akron

233 Quaker Square
The University of Akron
Akron, OH 


Michelle Wilson Executive Director:

Shannon Anicas
Program Director

Rosemary Reymann
Board President