Members of the Innovation Unit, (from left) Senior Advisor to the DG and Unit Director M. Brooke Darby, Innovation Advisor Dori Winter and Program Analyst Bianca Blanchard. Photo by Isaac D. Pacheco

Focused on innovation

By Bianca Blanchard The Director General of the Foreign Service and Director of Human Resources (DG) Carol Z. Perez has been visiting domestic offices and posts abroad to hear directly from employees. These conversations have...
Children that attended Take Your Child to Work Day, April 25, were sworn in by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and attended an assortment of activities throughout the day. Photo by State Magazine

Children of Department employees join workforce for a day

By Michael Karlsberg More than 1,000 children attended Take Your Child to Work Day, April 25, where the work of the Department of State was put on display. This annual event is held in Washington,...
From left: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo receives a demonstration of the capabilities of the Bureau of Intelligence and Research’s (INR) new digital dissemination platform, Tempo, from INR Assistant Secretary Ellen E. McCarthy, and INR Chief Information Officer and Technology and Innovation Office Director, Geoff Fowler, Sept. 22. State Department photo

INR celebrates 75th anniversary

By Sarath Ganji The Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR) is the nation’s oldest civilian intelligence agency—one with a legacy of innovation. That legacy began in 1945 when President Harry S. Truman transferred the scholarly...
Team Darnasol was a collaboration between the University of Maryland-College Park and Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco. Team Darnasol members work on their submission which placed second in the Market Appeal Contest. Photo by Yassine Ameur

Embassy Rabat participates in first Solar Decathlon Africa

By Sacha Fraiture Teams from four American universities—the Colorado School of Mines, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Seattle University and the University of Maryland—joined 44 Moroccan, European and Sub-Saharan African universities at the first-ever Solar Decathlon Africa,...
Center in white shirt: Deputy Assistant Secretary Cynthia Kierscht meets with youth ambassadors and leaders at the first-ever Caribbean Youth Forum on Drug Use Prevention in Barbados, Oct. 23. Photo courtesy of Embassy Bridgetown

Caribbean Youth Forum tackles drug abuse

By Shavangi Y. Sutaria More than 70,000 Americans died of drug overdoses in 2017. The addiction, violence, and corruption associated with illicit drug use are not bound by international borders. Many illicit drugs are produced in...
Badye and Hella Ladhari comfort each other outside of Embassy Tunis in the aftermath of the attack, September 2012. Photo by Lucia Piazza

‘Heroes’ initiative honors local staff

By Ruben Harutunian An angry group of protesters assembled outside of Embassy Tunis, Sept. 14, 2012. Some of the protesters were violent—climbing over the embassy’s perimeter wall, burning embassy-owned motor pool vehicles, and attempting to...
Rich Vinnacombe, deputy director of the Office of Small Disadvantaged Business Utilization, speaks to attendees at the 25th Annual Awards ceremony in Rosslyn, Va., Oct. 16. Photo by Isaac D. Pacheco

Small businesses recognized at 25th annual OSDBU awards ceremony

By Anna Urman The Office of Small Disadvantaged Business Utilization’s (OSDBU) mission is to help small U.S. businesses obtain contracts with the Department of State in compliance with statutory requirements. An important part of that...
Grayson Shor, a deputy action officer in the Office of Ocean and Polar Affairs in the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, discusses the importance of increasing access for individuals with disabilities during a virtual event celebrating NDEAM, Oct. 8. Photo by Amanda J. Richard

NDEAM panel event highlights access and opportunity

By Opal Blackmon and Amanda J. Richard Each October, employers in the public and private sectors are encouraged to recognize employees with disabilities’ varied contributions by celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). Administered by...
Participants of Colombia’s first-ever Zoohackathon competed in teams but shared the common goal of developing tech-based solutions to combat illegal logging in Colombia. Photo courtesy of Embassy Bogotá

Colombian youth win global competition

By Andrew J. O’Brien Last November, a group of young “hackers” put their programming skills to the test in Colombia’s first-ever Zoohackathon. Embassy Bogotá partnered with Colombia’s Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development (MADS) and...
“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...

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