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Republic of Georgia delegation visits Oak Park

April 3, 2015 – A delegation of community leaders from the Republic of Georgia were at Oak Park Village Hall Thursday to discuss a wide range of topics with municipal staff, including community relations, citizen involvement and neighborhood policing.

The five-member delegation are in Illinois studying and observing American best practices in ethnic cooperation and civic involvement with the goal of applying what they learn here to their roles as community leaders in their country.

The delegates stayed with host families in Oak Park and River Forest.

“Host family living is the main vehicle of cross-cultural exchange that is one of the goals of this program,” said George Palamattam, Phd., executive director of the Council of International Programs (CIP) Chicago, a nonprofit organization that promotes global understanding through professional development and cultural exchange.

The trip is part of an exchange program administered by the CIP and is sponsored by Open World Leadership Center at the Library of Congress, which works to foster understanding and cooperation between the United States and the countries of Eurasia and the Baltic States.

In addition to meeting with Village staff, the delegates were meeting with professionals from a variety of institutions, including Dominican University, Niagara Foundation, Chicago Theological Seminary and the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. They also met with U.S. Senator Mark Kirk and Father Michael L. Pfleger of the Archdiocese of Chicago.

For more information on the visit or opportunities for internships and professional volunteer services, call 312.545.6882 or email