Partnering Center

U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program visits the Urban League

The U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) paid a visit to the Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio to learn more about the Community Police Partnering Center. The Partnering Center’s Executive Director Dorothy Smoot shared with the group of 22 visitors that the Partnering Center works to build bridges between residents and police. The Partnering Center is also a place where residents learn how to work together to fight crime and create safer communities.

The all-female delegation is part of a group of women leaders promoting peace and security. There were 22 visitors representing Argentina, Bolivia, Canada, Chile, Columbia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Paraguay, and Venezuela. The visitors were accompanied by four U.S. Department of State liaisons. The group traveled throughout the U.S. from October 9 through October 26.

While in the Cincinnati area, the visitors met with Eyes Open International, Ross County Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Citizen Complaint Authority, Cincinnati Police Department and the Community Police Partnering Center with several objectives in mind:

  • Examine the current and historical roles of women in political transitions, post‑conflict reconstruction, humanitarian emergencies, conflict prevention and peacemaking efforts;
  • Assess the impact of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325), which reaffirmed the important role of women in peace and security, and explore inter‑agency coordination to implement the resolution;
  • Compare conflict transformation, resolution and mediation techniques, and their situational benefits and challenges;
  • Demonstrate the role of women in civil society, government, business, politics, and education in promoting community stability, security and well‑being;
  • Illustrate how women leaders mentor the next generation of female leaders in various specialties/areas of expertise in service to their communities; and
  • Familiarize participants with the constitutional, judicial, and legislative processes and practices that promote gender equality and protect women’s human rights.
The goal of the visits is to allow current and emerging foreign leaders to experience this country firsthand and cultivate lasting relationships with their American counterparts. Professional meetings reflect the participants’ professional interests and support the foreign policy goals of the United States. World leaders, including former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and Mexico's former president Felipe Calderón, developed close ties to the United States through their experience as IVLP participants. The Partnering Center is proud to be a stop on the tour.