Cultural Affairs Officer Karl Rogers (back row) stands with Dare-to-Shine Program participants. Photo courtesy of the WE United Project

Partnering to empower women athletes in Nepal

By Edward Denny For every professional women’s soccer coach or athlete who has reached their lofty goals, there are scores of other young female athletes who are tackling challenges in their field, climbing to the...
The “She Plays Football” program, organized by LEAD Africa and Embassy Rabat’s public affairs section, included 12 Moroccan female coaches and 60 female high school students. Photo by Khalid Allaoui

Soccer coach empowers Moroccan girls

By Steve Weeks Jill Ellis, former head coach of the U.S. National Women’s Soccer Team (and the winningest coach in U.S. soccer history), visited Morocco to promote leadership, teamwork, and communication skills among young women,...
A surfing coach assists a student with disabilities in an adaptive surfing clinic organized by 2019 Global Sports Mentoring Program Sport for Community alumnus Daniel Gomez De la Vega in the state of Nayarit, Mexico, May 2021. Photo courtesy of Daniel Gomez De la Vega

Advancing capacity and infrastructure development for Mexico’s adaptive sports

By Young Lee and Alejandro Barron The Mexican constitution guarantees access to physical activity and sports for all people, but adaptive sports have been historically underfunded. Nevertheless, Mexico has consistently outperformed expectations at the Summer...
“Stay Safe” by Pony Ma from Santa Monica, Calif., is one of the 23 murals being showcased through “Art for the People.” This mural is located at the embassy’s east gate. Photo courtesy of Embassy Beijing

Embassy Beijing promotes American values through “Art for the People”

By Justin Walls When COVID-19 pandemic restrictions kept American diplomats behind embassy walls, Beijing’s public affairs section (PAS) turned the embassy’s sprawling exterior into a canvas for American street art—a visual rejoinder to the People’s...
Deputy Secretary of State Wendy R. Sherman (third from right), Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer Ambassador Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley (far right), and glifaa President Jeff Anderson (second from right) help raise the Progress flag at the Department of State’s Harry S. Truman Building, June 25. Photo by James Pan

EAG celebrates Pride Month

By Hammad B. Hammad During June, the employee affinity group (EAG) glifaa—LGBTQI+ Pride in Foreign Affairs Agencies—commemorated Pride Month by collaborating with leaders, bureaus, and other EAGs, bringing awareness and standing strong for LGBTQI+ issues...
A musician plays Taps on his bugle while Ambassador Kenneth Merten (left) and Diplomatic and Consular Officers Retired (DACOR) President James Dandridge II (second from left) lay a wreath at the DACOR memorial monument, May 31. Photo by Jenifer Morris

Foreign Affairs leaders honor Department employees’ sacrifices

By Tom Brannan On the last Monday in May, Americans observe Memorial Day, honoring members of the U.S. military who have died in service of their country. On that same day at a small cemetery...
Mission Australia’s office management specialists stand outside of the chief of mission residence at Embassy Canberra. Photo by Timothy Dolstra

Mission Australia hosts OMS workshop

By Scott Kennedy and Lisa Cantonwine Embassy Canberra hosted an office management specialist (OMS) workshop for Mission Australia staff, May 7. Participants from the embassy and the consulates in Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney gathered at...
Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Bill Klein (right side of table, third seat from the left) opens the first annual Mission China Diversity and Inclusion Councils Workshop, May 20. Photo by Nan Hanchao

Mission China’s D&I Councils work together to effect positive change

By Kristin Gilmore Following a series of community-led conversations about structural racism in the United States in August 2020, then-Ambassador Terry Branstad called on the embassy and consulates in Mission China to establish Diversity and...
U.S. direct-hire and Greening Diplomacy Initiative Award winner Reid Deaver (right) gives the North Macedonian Minister of the Environment Naser Nudedini (left) and Ambassador Kate M. Byrnes (center) a tour of Embassy Skopje’s environmental projects. State Department photo

GDI awards announced

By Peter Brukx Acting Under Secretary for Management Carol Z. Perez announced the winners of the Department of State’s 2021 Greening Diplomacy Initiative (GDI) Awards on Earth Day, April 22. These awards help to identify...
A Nicaraguan family located in Carpio, San José, receives aid from volunteers from the embassy during the height of the pandemic, July 2020. Photo by Donald Ridder

Embassy San José helps local community overcome crisis

By Donald Ridder The Carpio community, located near Embassy San José, is an example of how marginal neighborhoods in Costa Rica with large Nicaraguan populations have endured hardships that the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated. Carpio...

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