The Mamava, Inc. lactation pod that was installed at U.S. Consulate General in Toronto. Photo courtesy of ConGen Toronto

Consulate General Toronto emphasizes work-life balance

The U.S. Consulate General in Toronto partnered with Mamava, Inc. to install a lactation pod to provide a safe, clean and comfortable space for lactating mothers, and to comply with the mandate of the...
Members of Project Soar pose for a photo in Morocco. State Department photo

Project Soar empowers teenage girls in rural Morocco

The U.S.-Middle East Partnership Initiative’s (MEPI) Project Soar is one of the most successful women empowerment projects in Morocco. The project empowers nearly 700 teenage girls from 26 economically disadvantaged semi-rural villages in Morocco...

Ambassador’s visit highlights socio-economic relations

Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa Scott Brown visited American Samoa last November to learn more about the extensive socio-economic ties directly impacting relations between Samoa and American Samoa. Brown met with the governor...
U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic Robin Bernstein is shown after she threw out the first pitch at a Gigantes’ (Giants) game in San Francisco de Macorís, Nov. 5. Photo by Chase Beamer

Sports diplomacy thrives in the Dominican Republic

U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic Robin Bernstein threw out the first pitch at a Gigantes’ (Giants) game in San Francisco de Macorís last November. San Francisco de Macorís sits in the heart of...
Ambassador Maria Brewer is shown next to the unveiled plaque on Local Staff Appreciation Day at the U.S. Embassy in Freetown, Nov. 16, 2018. Photo by John Terry

Embassy Freetown salutes dedication of its LE staff

Ambassador Maria Brewer unveiled a plaque on Local Staff Appreciation Day at the U.S. Embassy in Freetown last November. Embassy office staff found a dust-covered plaque from 1997 that praised the Sierra Leonean staff...
The first place winner of the DSS poster contest, Cameron, age 15, is shown working on her poster titled “P@$$w0rd Un$3cur1ty.” Photo courtesy of Audrey C.

DSS poster contest highlights young artists

As part of this year’s Take Your Child to Work Day activities, the Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) launched a cyber poster contest for all children of Department personnel. Participants from the...
To celebrate the VSFS program, (from left) eDiplomacy Business Practice Advisor Naomi Walcott and members of the VSFS team, Bridget Roddy and Tristan Williamson, spread the good news about the program at an anniversary event outside of the HST cafeteria, May 13. Photo by Amanda J. Richard

VSFS celebrates a decade of connection

The Virtual Student Federal Service (VSFS) is celebrating its 10th anniversary as a valuable Department of State program that connects students with projects that allow them to gain experience while advancing the work of...
The project team, shown here at a souk in Doha, undertook a multiyear effort to acquire the NEC site in a new Diplomatic Quarter of Doha, Qatar. Photo by Faisal Madi

Department acquires site in Doha for new embassy

The Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations recently completed the acquisition of a New Embassy Compound (NEC) site in Doha, Qatar. The project team, shown here at a souk in Doha, undertook a multiyear effort...
Youth leaders from 13 English speaking Caribbean countries met, May 21-23, in Barbados for a week of intensive training in peer-led drug prevention programs. Photo courtesy of the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs

Youth drug prevention program developed in Caribbean

Youth leaders from 13 English speaking Caribbean countries met, May 21-23, in Barbados for a week of intensive training in peer-led drug prevention programs. Topics covered included leadership skill development and the nature of...
Students visit the Nile Explorer, designed by 2019 PDAA Award Winner Niles Cole, in Uganda. Photo courtesy of Embassy Kampala

2019 PDAA Award Winner invests in human development

Each year, the Public Diplomacy Association of America (PDAA) awards individuals who have demonstrated their ability to provide creative programming, and exhibit strong leadership skills and innovative solutions to pressing social needs. One of...

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