Mission, Vision and Values

International Focus builds global understanding and respect by facilitating face-to-face diplomacy and
professional, personal, and artistic exchange.

Our Mission:

Our mission is to promote mutual understanding between the people of North Carolina’s Triangle region and the international community through education, cultural exchange, arts, and the celebration of achievements.

Our Vision:

Serving as the cultural and artistic bridge between the Triangle and the International Community.

Our Values:

  1. DIVERSITY- We recognize that our strength relies on shared differences, where different perspectives are valued and new experiences are enriching. 

  2. COMMITMENT – We engage our community in programs and events to achieve international understanding and cooperation. 

  3. VOLUNTEEERISM/SERVICE - We lead through service to our community and the world via meaningful connections in the arts, culture, education, and business. 

  4. LEGACY - We honor our heritage to better serve the needs of North Carolina — now and in the future. 

  5. FUN – We express joy and happiness in all we do! 

Our Purpose:

International Focus uniquely promotes North Carolina in the world, conserves the heritage of our international communities, and defends universal values of freedom of expression and democracy. 

International Focus supports the Triangle’s multicultural communities and international exchange through cross-cultural diplomacy and communication. Year-round, we host visiting international delegations to the area and connect them with Triangle businesses, institutions, and people for exchange and dialog. Each spring, we bring our area’s international and native communities together at the International Festival of Raleigh for three days of international dance, food, and cultural exchange.

We also host community and membership events and collaborate on a variety of artistic, diplomatic, professional, and cultural projects. Check out our upcoming events and all the other great international events happening in the Triangle.

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