Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy

Member Info

Since 1967, the Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy (UCCD) has been an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting global understanding and respect between the people of Utah and other nations. As a private sector partner with the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program, UCCD welcomes over 450 International Visitors to Utah each year for short-term professional and cultural exchanges. These Visitors are current and emerging leaders in business, law, government, media, education, science, and the arts, to name a few. UCCD believes that everyone has the right, even the responsibility to help shape U.S. foreign relations “one handshake at a time,” and since 1967, they have fostered citizen diplomacy by creating meaningful person-to-person interactions with individuals from other countries and cultures.

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Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy
151 East 5600 South, Suite 206
Murray, UT 84107
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Staff/Contact Information

Felecia Maxfield-Barrett, Executive Director, Email, 801-832-3273

Ahmad Zia Afzali, Program Director, Email, 801-832-3272

Vincent Carson, Youth Program Coordinator, Email

Vincent Carson, Program Officer, Email

Upcoming Events

October 24 | The LGBTQI+ Global Crisis

The Ambassador John Price & Marcia Price World Affairs Speaker Series presents: 


The LGBTQI+ Global Crisis: Addressing an Epidemic of Violence and Persecution
Monday, October 24, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Westminster College - Gore School of Business
1840 S 1300 E, Salt Lake City

(Click here for the campus map: Building #4, best parking is in Lot A.)


In a time when there are more displaced people than ever before, LGBTQI+ people are uniquely vulnerable due to systemic, state-enabled homophobia and transphobia, resulting in an epidemic of violence and persecution. 

Join Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy as we welcome Dane Bland with Rainbow Railroad as he discusses how they help LGBTQI+ individuals worldwide find safety and access lives free from persecution, and what individuals in Utah can do to be part of the solution. 


ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Dane is a not-for-profit leader focused on translating development activities to social betterment, political action, advocacy, and systemic change.

Dane Bland has over 10 years of experience in the charitable and not-for-profit sector, including in human rights, arts & culture, education and healthcare. Dane is a Certified Fundraising Executive, and a graduate of the Trent University Business Administration Program and Seneca College Fundraising Management postgraduate certificate program. Dane is a board member for the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Canada’s national board, a board member of the AFP Greater Toronto Area, and a board member of the Workforce Development Board of the Peterborough Region. Dane has been a CFRE Ambassador for Ontario since 2019.

When not working, Dane is a hockey fan, a dog lover (and owner), a once-decent golfer, a self-professed “culture vulture” and a lover of all things arts and heritage.

To learn more about Rainbow Railroad, click here.



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