Iranian Americans in San Diego Trained in Civic Engagement at NIAC Workshop



Washington, DC – NIAC, in cooperation with two local Iranian-American organizations, Association of Iranian Professional and Persian Cultural Center, held its “Demystifying Democracy” civic participation workshop on June 4, 2005 in San Diego.

The workshop aimed to increase Iranian-American civic participation by providing a greater understanding of the American political system, a demonstration of NIAC's Political Engagement Center, and hands-on group exercises practicing communication with lawmakers and writing letters to the editor.

Participants especially appreciated the hands-on practicum in the latter half of the workshop. Using the example of the incorrect references to the Persian Gulf, participants practiced framing an issue, formulating effective arguments for a specific audience, and effectively communicating these arguments and ideas.

The participants were divided into two different groups; the first group drafted a letter to the editor of the San Diego Union Tribune in response to a hypothetical article using the term “Arabian Gulf,” while the second group prepared talking points on the same issue to be used in a hypothetical meeting with a lawmaker.

The exercise helped Iranian Americans practice team working skills and democratic decision-making.

NIAC has held its workshops in many cities around the country, including San Jose, Irvine, Seattle, Chicago, Ann Arbor, Boston, Baltimore, Daytona Beach, Atlanta and more.

Please contact us at info@niacouncil.org if your community or Iranian-American organization would like to host a NIAC workshop.

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