The program has a strong emphasis on fostering mutual understanding between the participants and the U.S. to promote friendly and peaceful relations. In addition, participants will recognize diversity as attitudes of tolerance, inclusion, respect, and appreciation in the broadest sense encompassing differences including race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, geographic location, socioeconomic status, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity. By visiting Smithsonian Museums like African American History and Culture and the National Museum of the American Indian, students develop an appreciation for the role diverse minority populations can have in effecting positive social change. Through our many integrated leadership and communication activities, students will develop the skills they need to successfully address issues and problems in their home communities with renewed focus.