The Alliance for International Educational and Cultural Exchange is an association of nongovernmental organizations comprising the international educational and cultural exchange community in the United States. Founded in 1993 after a merger of the International Exchange Association and the Liaison Group for International Educational Exchange, the Alliance serves as the only collective public policy voice of the exchange community.
Our mission is to formulate and promote public policies that support the growth and well being of international exchange links between the people of the United States and other nations.
Our organizational activities include:
Agenda: Formulating a set of public policy concerns and recommendations that support the broad common interests of the organizations making up the international exchange community in the United States.
Advocacy: Organizing an effective program of government relations activities, including direct representation to policy makers and the marshalling of grass-roots constituencies in pursuit of this common agenda.
Forum: Providing a meeting ground for the leadership of the international exchange community to discuss issues of mutual concern and to develop cooperative approaches to address these issues.
Coalition Building: Developing constituencies to support international exchange programs both within the exchange community and in other sectors of American society.
Information Services: Furnishing comprehensive information about issues affecting the future of international exchange programs and other matters of broad interest to the international exchange community.
Public Awareness: Building public awareness about the critical role of international exchange programs in meeting global, national, and individual needs.