International Center of the Capital Region Moves Headquarters to Hudson Valley Community College Campus

October 12, 2021

The International Center of the Capital Region (ICCR) has moved its headquarters onto Hudson Valley Community College’s campus.

ICCR and HVCC staff pose for photo
ICCR Board of Directors Vice President Fred Erlich, ICCR Director of Communications Jennifer Zhao, Hudson Valley Community College Coordinator for Global Initiatives Dr. Jay Deitchman, and ICCR Board of Directors President Michael O’Brien.

ICCR is a non-profit organization founded in 1956 to promote cultural understanding by welcoming international leaders and newcomers to the Capital Region. After being headquartered in various locations since its founding, the organization’s headquarters has now relocated to the Hudson Valley’s Fitzgibbons Health Technologies Center, in a space shared with the college’s Office of Global Initiatives. Educating the greater community and having a positive global impact are essential parts of both Hudson Valley and the ICCR’s missions, making this an intuitive and mutually beneficial partnership.

“Hudson Valley is excited to welcome the International Center of the Capital Region to campus,” said Hudson Valley Community College President Dr. Roger Ramsammy. “The college serves students from nearly 40 countries each year, and we are constantly working to expand our international outreach efforts. This is an opportunity for the college and ICCR to work together to develop partnerships and programs that will serve our global communities even more effectively.”

“ICCR’s move to campus will help foster a synergistic relationship between our two organizations,” added Hudson Valley Coordinator for Global Initiatives Dr. Jay Deitchman. “This relationship will strengthen ICCR’s efforts to offer citizen diplomacy experiences, while allowing the college to increase its global presence.”

“This partnership puts ICCR in the middle of campus and community activities and fosters new collaboration with the students and staff at Hudson Valley,” said ICCR Executive Director Ryan Moll. “We are thrilled to be working alongside Hudson Valley, and look forward to this new opportunity.”

For many years, ICCR has hosted visitors through the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program. On short-term visits to the United States, current and emerging foreign leaders experience the Capital Region through a variety of field experiences among several professions. Some recent examples include hosting Armenian parliament members who learned about legislative process of NY state, and visitors from Lithuania who met local officials and discussed managing successful public infrastructure projects. Although the COVID-19 pandemic has prevented ICCR from being able to offer in-person exchanges, the organization quickly adapted by offering several virtual programs connecting Capital Region leaders with alumni of the Open World program.

ICCR and its dedicated team of volunteers look forward to hosting in-person visitors as early as fall of this year. For volunteer and partnership opportunities, please visit For more information on Hudson Valley’s international outreach efforts, please visit

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