Leading Nevada's global engagement

Fostering better understanding between people through our public diplomacy programs, language and culture projects, and foreign policy forums.

Per University, state and federal guidelines, NNIC staff is working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic.  We appreciate the wonderful community support and like all of you, we are learning to navigate what it means to live and work in this new world.  In order to continue leading Nevada’s global engagement, we are currently assisting and supporting our refugee clients virtually in Northern Nevada.  At the same time, we are working with national funders and the U.S. Department of State to seek ways to engage our international constituents and program participants on digital platforms.

Please note that all of our spring and summer programs are currently on hold and are being postponed. We’ll be in touch as soon as we learn more about the future of these projects. 

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Virtual Discussion with Belarusian journalists

Thursday, December 17 at 9 a.m. PDT

Join us for the free, live Zoom event

The Northern Nevada Interntional Center (NNIC) will moderate an exclusive live discussion with two Belarusian journalists and activists, Mr. Andrei Klikunou and Mr. Anton Baryseka. Both Klikunou and Baryseka are alumni of USAID’s Community Connections Program in Belarus and spent three weeks in Reno, NV in 2018 on this professional exchange. 

The Community Connections Program in Belarus brings together professionals from Belarus with U.S. counterparts through tailored professional exchanges in communities across the U.S. Participants establish professional connections, learn about the advantages and disadvantages of a democratic, free-market economy, and examine practices and experience that may be adapted back home to address local challenges.

We are pleased to have Mr. Klikunou and Mr. Baryseka give us their current firsthand account of the human rights situation in Belarus. 

Topics discussed during the event are: 

  1. The current situation with gross violations of human rights and media freedoms in Belarus.
  2. What could be done by the Northern Nevada community and human rights activists to support journalists and human rights defenders in trouble in Belarus? 

Background

Belarus is gripped by mass protests, triggered by an election widely believed to have been rigged in favor of the long-time leader Alexander Lukashenko. The scale of the protests is unprecedented for Belarus. More than 100,000 have packed into central Minsk, the capital, for four consecutive Sundays since the disputed 9 August election.  

More than 600 people were detained during the 6 September protests - in Minsk and some other towns and cities. Rallies for Mr. Lukashenko have been much smaller. After violent clashes with opposition demonstrators, numerous allegations of police brutality, processions of women in white with roses and walkouts at major state enterprises, we take a look at how all this came about. 

About the speakers

Mr. Andrei Klikunou is a co-founder of the Journalists for Tolerance Human Rights Initiative (Belarus) and is a member of the Belarusian Association of Journalists, Council Member, and Freelance Expert at the European Federation of Journalists 

Mr. Anton Baryseka is a Research Fellow and Sociologist at the Social Research Lab “Novak”. His work in Belarus assesses the needs and goals for sociological research ( for activists and leaders of non-governmental organizations who want to conduct opinion polls for the purposes that cannot be achieved by polls). 

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Language Bank

Our Language Bank provides interpretation and translation services in over 40 languages and our clients include local and regional courts, legal organizations, private businesses, conferences, and local schools.  We also offer translations of birth, marriage and death certificates at standard rates.

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Exchange programs

Creating the next generation of global citizens is one of our most important objectives.  NNIC's many professional and cultural exchange programs offer opportunities for the local community to get involved with young people and seasoned professionals from all over the world.

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Refugee resettlement

The NNIC has successfully resettled 64 displaced people here in Reno since August 2016. We also have a growing population of individual volunteers within the community. On top of that, each of our families has a mentor group which helps support them beyond the capacity of the NNIC.