Student to Represent U.S. as Young Leader in Berlin

October 15, 2008

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Cassie Stachniw, a junior German and Russian and Eastern European Studies double major from Galesburg, Ill. has been selected to participate in “The United States Meets Germany: A Forum for Young Leaders.” The event will take place from Nov. 10-14 in Berlin.

Stachniw, who is currently studying abroad in Berlin through the Institute for International Education of Students (IES) program, applied to participate in the conference. The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (ICD), which sponsors the forum, seeks students from the United States and Germany, as well as the wider international community to participate in the forum.  Students must also have a strong academic background and/or professional experience and should demonstrate leadership skills and have an active interest in international affairs with particular emphasis on the US-German bilateral relationship.

The ICD’s Web site states that the forum is designed to bring together young, influential people from both sides of the Atlantic in order for them to gain insight into cultural diplomacy, exchange ideas and experiences and learn from influential players already working in the field.  Participants will develop contacts on both a social and professional level and participate in challenging discussions. 

According to the ICD, the forum seeks to produce a dynamic, informed group of Young Leaders who are aware of the potential for cultural diplomacy and have the necessary resources to organize their own initiatives. Ultimately, the forum hopes to improve understanding between the U.S. and Germany and improve future cooperation and exchange between the two countries.

For additional information, please visit the ICD Web site at

 Contact: Jessica Block ‘09, (309) 556-3181