From the 2nd grader to the CEO, Global Minnesota connects individuals, organizations, and communities to the world. Through unique programs offered from the Twin Cities to Greater Minnesota, Global Minnesota takes relevant and timely information on international issues, foreign policy, and cultural topics, and provides the space and opportunity for Minnesotans to engage and discuss.
As a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, we are unparalleled in the ability to deliver programs that allow Minnesotans to connect and participate in the international sphere, and for Minnesota to extend its influence around the globe.
We host a wide variety of events that are mostly free of charge or extremely affordable and that are open to the public. The goal is to connect with as many people as possible in meaningful ways.
Since we started in 1953 as the International Center for Students and Visitors, we have been guided by the motto “They came as strangers – may they leave as friends.” Founded by Josef Mestenhauser, Bill Rogers, and Forrest Moore, the organization, later named the Minnesota International Center (MIC), was created as a partnership between the community and the University of Minnesota that engaged ‘Citizen Diplomats’ to connect Minnesotans with visiting students and scholars. It was believed that diplomacy was not the exclusive business of only professional diplomats, but that we could extend our civil society to the international sphere.