9:15 a.m. Learn something new when BUF member Carol Sheppard speaks about how we can take advantage of a little known cultural exchange visa program that’s sponsored by the U.S. State Department. Hosting a cultural exchange student is a great way to learn about another cultures, while allowing students from other countries to overcome the many misperceptions that abound about Americans. In addition, Sheppard will talk about a single opportunity—right here in Bellingham—to host students from 30 different countries in your home for a semester or school year. Help live the message of peace while building rewarding international friendships. Your attendance is valuable in this educational Forum; attendees will appreciate hearing about your own experiences hosting cultural exchange students.