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 www.unc.edu/depts/diplomat/item/2008/0709/an_usmeetsgermany.html.
Contact: Jessica Block ‘09, (309) 556-3181