“ International Student House lays a strong foundation for international cooperation. Residents come from all over the world and gathered around one goal: fostering global citizenship. By global citizenship, I mean a core of shared values: open-mindedness, freedom, tolerance, and also the promotion of inter-cultural dialogue which is necessary for addressing global challenges.” – Julien Maire, ISH-DC Resident Scholar from France addressing guests
2018 Global Leadership Awards Dinner Chair Rear Admiral Susan Blumenthal, MD; ISH-DC Resident Scholar Julien Maire; His Excellency Gérard Araud, Ambassador of Franch
Guests being welcomed to the Ambassador's Residence
On the evening of February 25, our 2018 Global Leadership Awards Diplomatic Chair, Ambassador Gérard Araud of France graciously hosted an unforgettable evening at his residence. The Ambassador and six of our students were joined by sponsors, Board members, Members of Congress, and friends to celebrate the mission of international education and the vital role the House plays in cultivating relationships among students from every corner of the globe.
Kevin Chaffee, 2018 Global Leadership Awards Chair and ISH-DC Board Member Didi Cutler, ISH-DC Board Member Shaista Mahmood
Governor Jim Blanchard
Ambassador Araud opened the evening by welcoming our guests and shared his long support of the House, having first joined ISH-DC when he addressed a room full of resident scholars over two years ago. Our outstanding Dinner Chairs, Rear Admiral Susan Blumenthal and Isabel “Didi” Cutler, thanked the Ambassador and our sponsors, and shared about the importance of International Student House and their firm belief that our students are without a doubt future leaders in both the public and private sectors.
ISH-DC Board Member Annette Aburdene speaking with ISH-DC Resident Scholars
Congressman Rick Larsen and Tiia Karlen, former Congressman John Tanner
International Student House resident scholar, Julien Maire from Véronnes, France had an opportunity to share about his time in the House. Julien spoke about the meals and traditions that are shared among residents. He emphasized that the House lays a strong foundation for international cooperation as students learn to engage with one another, and the friendships they begin here in Washington become more significant when they become leaders in all sectors around the world. As they succeed professionally, friends become allies, and the relationships they begin as students have a profound impact.
We encourage you to read Julien’s full remarks here.
ISH-DC Board President Eric Melby giving a toast at the end of the evening
ISH-DC Board Member Lisa Barry, Eileen Shields-West, Robin West
We are grateful to Ambassador Araud for hosting this memorable evening, and we remain grateful to our generous sponsors who support our House and our mission of providing a unique cross-cultural experience to develop students and scholars into exemplary global citizens.
You can view more photos from the evening Here.