About Us


The Lansing Regional Sister Cities Commission is a non-profit organization with the goal of connecting Lansing to the rest of the world through a global citizen diplomacy network. 


The sister city approach to international exchanges is personalized, inclusive, and centered on citizen-to-citizen diplomacy. We develop and sustain programs aimed at strengthening global linkages.  The LRSCC is affiliated with Sister Cities International, founded in 1956 by U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, as the People to People program. The sister cities programs help foster increased international understanding. 


Lansing’s first Sister City relationship was formed in 1968, with Otsu, Japan. Guadalajara, Mexico was added in 1982.   Saltillo, Mexico was added in 1994, Sanming, China in 1997 and Akuapim South District, Ghana in 1997. Asan, South Korea was added as a Sister City in 2008. During 2000, a special tie of friendship was acknowledged and endorsed by the LRSCC Board of Directors between Lansing and the community of Cosenza, Italy.  In addition, a friendship tie was formed with the Tanzanian city of Dar es Salaam in 2005. The LRSCC works to bring about a deepened appreciation in our community for the beauty and unique strengths of the world’s myriad cultures.

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LRSCC Welcomes Mérida, Mexico as a Friendship City

Our journey to Mérida, Mexico, was an unforgettable experience filled with cultural immersion, historical exploration, and meaningful connections. Members of the trip included LRSCC President Dr. Maxine Hankins Cain, Commissioner Dr. Rubén Martinez, and Ms. Roxanne Truhn, who shared their passion for learning and discovery throughout the adventure. The group travelled to Mérida May 11-14, 2023.


Lansing Eastern Hosts Visiting Students From South Korea

Lansing Eastern High School hosted students from Asan, South Korea during their visit to the greater Lansing area. They were greeted by Lansing School District staff, students, and leaders.

Thank you Quakers for your hospitality!