At Global North Texas, we help shape a more peaceful and prosperous world by facilitating personal interactions between global emerging leaders and the residents of North Texas. The mission of Global North Texas is to provide quality service and programs to international visitors in the communities of North Texas. With the help of volunteers, Global North Texas coordinates professional appointments, home visits, and cultural experiences thereby facilitating personal connections between individuals in our communities and guests from around the world.
Global North Texas can trace its beginnings back to 1954. At that time, Mrs. Lorinne Emery, an attorney and the wife of a Southern Methodist University (SMU) Law School professor, recognized that international students needed a place to go for the holidays. Building on that idea, Mrs. Emery began to recruit volunteers for what became a broader professional exchange program funded by the U.S. State Department, under what is now known as the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). Mrs. Emery worked steadily and passionately toward this mission until her passing in 2001.
In 2006, many of those original volunteers, who had been swept along on Mrs. Emery’s mission during the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, banded together to incorporate Global North Texas as a 501(c)(3) organization to continue this admirable work. Among those volunteers were individuals with fifty-plus years of service, who are still actively creating visitor programs and mentoring new volunteers.
No longer limited to the Dallas area, the program has grown to encompass small towns and rural areas from as far west as Sweetwater, north to the Red River, south to Waco and east to Louisiana. Today, in addition to the International Visitor Leadership Program, Global North Texas also administers programs in cooperation with select, local organizations, such as the Center for American and International Law in Plano and the International Oil and Gas Accounting Program of the University of Dallas.
Having matured from an organization comprised strictly of volunteers, Global North Texas now also includes a professional staff to support the volunteers devoted to the mission of citizen diplomacy. Thanks to the time and talent of dedicated volunteers, Global North Texas now hosts several hundred foreign visitors each year. National visitor program alumni include 50 Nobel laureates and over 350 current or former heads of state.
From the humble beginnings of one woman’s act of kindness, Global North Texas is proud to carry on the mission of consideration, international understanding and southern hospitality to foreign visitors. And, as every visitor is greeted and warmly welcomed to Dallas and the North Texas area, new global relationships are forged, and the legacy of Mrs. Emery endures.