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...
Children from the Embassy Kinshasa community share their artwork with U.S. Ambassador to the DRC Mike Hammer at his new residence. Photo by Suzanne Francis

Children’s art showcases Congolese-American friendship

By John Dunne Newly arrived to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Ambassador Mike Hammer and his wife Margret invited the embassy community to their residence for an exhibit featuring the art of Mission...
Embassy Yerevan’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council members, from left: Ellen Scholl, Jennifer Westervelt, Kelli Long, Ambassador to Armenia Lynne Tracy, Lia Miller, Lilit Antonyan, Melanie Ingalls, Cesar Arias-Gutierrez, and Leila Mendelovici receive a Group Meritorious Honor Award in recognition of innovative leadership and dedication in the promotion of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the embassy community and the advancement of those values throughout the U.S. government during the summer 2021 Mission Awards ceremony. Photo by Karen Hovhannisyan

Embassy Yerevan’s DE&I Council celebrates one year

By Leila Mendelovici Embassy Yerevan established its Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I) Council in August of 2020, with a mission to “combat bias, prejudice, and racism, as well as foster and promote diversity and inclusion...
Office of Accessibility and Accommodations (OAA) Director Jameela Akbari (right center), with OAA colleagues Rich McCarthy (top left) and David Conner (top second from left), present on the evolution of the Department of State's Access Center at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's Education Consortium for National Disability Employment Awareness Month, Oct. 7. Photo by Amanda McCarthy

Celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month 

By Heidi Howland National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is held each October to celebrate the many and varied contributions of people with disabilities to America’s workplaces and economy. The impact of the work of colleagues with...
QSI International School of Dushanbe in Tajikistan used a grant from the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations and the Bureau of Administrations’ Office of Overseas Schools to purchase and install new plexiglass dividers in their tech labs and classrooms to provide safe areas for students to work. Photo by Liz Madlinger

Mitigating impacts of pandemic at international schools

By Erica Renew, Michelle Adams, and Beatrice Cameron
Members of Embassy Kabul’s staff gather, while social distancing, in the front of the embassy before starting their volunteer work. Photo by Todd Jurkowski

Embassy Kabul redefines service

By Amy Hood Embassy Kabul was already working within the confines of a decades-long conflict, political turmoil, and terrorist threats when the coronavirus pandemic struck in March. Due to the outbreak, the compound was locked...
Global HRO conference attendees pose for a group photo with DGHR Carol Z. Perez (center) at the conclusion of the final seminar in Rosslyn, Va., Sept. 18. Photo by Isaac D. Pacheco

Global HRO Conference empowers Human Resource Officers

By Lourdes Cué and Heidi Howland More than 90 Human Resource Officers (HROs) from posts across the globe gathered in Washington, Sept. 16-18, for the first of its kind Global HRO Conference. Entitled “HR is...

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