Welcome to the first post on the first ever FIUTS blog, peanutbutterdiplomacy! I hope that this blog will grow to become an important place for our community to share stories, learn more about each other, and deepen their commitment to FIUTS‘ work to build cross-cultural understanding and engage future leaders in activities that promote understanding, respect, and peace.
The Foundation for International Understanding Through Students (FIUTS) is a nonprofit organization that was founded on the University of Washington campus in 1948. Our mission is to build international awareness, cross-cultural communication, and informed leadership through programs that connect students with local and global communities. We work with more than 5,000 students each year, as well as hundreds of local community volunteers and alumni around the world, who share our commitment to promoting respect, compassion, and diversity in our community and around the world.
The name peanutbutterdiplomacy comes from a 30+ year FIUTS tradition, Wednesday Lunch, a regular gathering of hundreds of students on the University of Washington campus. At Wednesday Lunch, our community of students and others from more than 100 countries comes together to share sandwiches and reach across national and cultural boundaries to find common ground, learn more about each other, and share their cultures with people very different from themselves.
peanutbutterdiplomacy will collect blog posts from FIUTS students, community members, alumni, and others around the world on topics ranging from volunteer opportunities to culture shock, from upcoming events to study abroad, and everything in between.
Thank you for reading – and for traveling the world with FIUTS!