One of Latvia's most prominent LGBT and human rights advocates is visiting Charleston today through Wednesday to promote the international visitors program that inspired him during an earlier exchange to the United States.
Kaspars Zalitis' visit to Charleston is being sponsored by the Citadel's nonprofit program, Charleston Council for International Visitors, which has brought international visitors from around the world to Charleston. It is a part of the International Visitor Leadership Program, which has brought about 4,000 foreign leaders and specialists to the U.S. for short-term professional programs.
During his visit, Zalitis will discuss the importance of the program whose past participants have included former British Prime Ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.
Zalitis first participated in an exchange program in 2010 that was sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. He credits the contacts he made then with inspiring him to become a leader for human rights in his home country.
He went on create his own non-profit, Mozaika, which advocates for human rights and other needs in Latvia. Through his work, Zalitis has promoted LGBT rights and civic engagement throughout the European Union and former Soviet Union.