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FIUTS: Creating Lasting Global Friendships

FIUTS: Creating Lasting Global Friendships

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In a world that is quickly shrinking, international cooperation is key.  Good thing we here in Seattle have the Foundation for International Understanding Through Students, better known as FIUTS.  FIUTS has been connecting international students with local communities since 1948 through programs that build international awareness, strong leadership, and cross-cultural friendships.

Team Diva is so into FIUTS that they have been hosting international students and sponsoring events since 2008. Diva Kim has even joined the Board of Trustees and now serves as the chair of the Marketing and Fundraising Committee.  The Divas and their pals have hosted over 20 international students from around the world as they start their US adventure as grad and undergrad students at UW.  For a few weeks each year, we introduce our students to their favorite local haunts, restaurants, theaters and yes, when appropriate, local cocktail bars. Plus, we get a chance to discover more about our students’  home countries and their traditions. It’s such a treat to host the students and engage in such cross-cultural dialogues. We at  Team Diva feel so strongly about FIUTS and the great work they do that we asked them to participate in our Community Partnerships Program with Coldwell Banker Bain Associates.

Through FIUTS’ programs, boundaries are broken, cultural barriers are overcome, and real, lasting international friendships are created.  If you are interested at all in making a global difference even while staying in the local area, be sure to support FIUTS.  You can find out the many ways by which to support them here, or you can act like a Diva and volunteer to host students next year.

Chavi Hohm

Chavi Hohm

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