From Left: Landon Van Dyke, deputy chief sustainability officer; Marcia Bernicat, principal deputy assistant secretary of the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs; W. Patrick Murphy, principal deputy assistant secretary of the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs; Jim Schwab, director of the Office of Management Policy, Rightsizing and Innovation; David LaMontagne, deputy executive director of the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs; and Henry Jardine, principal deputy director of the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations, at the Department’s 2019 Earth Day Expo and GDI Awards ceremony, April 24, in Washington, D.C. State Department photo

2019 Greening Diplomacy Initiative Awards

By Caroline D’Angelo and James Vaughn The 2019 Greening Diplomacy Initiative (GDI) Award went to Embassy Canberra for their sustainability leadership. Post’s Canberra Greening Initiative (CGI) did everything from composting with worm bins and creating...
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...
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen shares his storyteller observations on representation, voice and refugees at AAFAA’s keynote event, May 17. Photo by Amanda J. Richard

The power of narrative and representation

By Matthew Asada In May, the Department of State celebrated Asian-American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month in partnership with two of the Department’s employee affinity groups: the Asian-American Foreign Affairs Association (AAFAA) and South...
Honoring the #Insieme200 theme, (first row second from left) Florence Consul General Benjamin V. Wohlauer joined American study abroad students in a volunteer project cleaning up the district of the Oltrarno, April 1. Photo courtesy of ConGen Florence

Consulate General Florence celebrates diplomatic bicentennial

By George Mesthos In 1819, American diplomacy in Florence got off to a rough start. U.S. Consul Thomas Appleton at Livorno designated Florentine Giacomo “James” Ombrosi to represent the United States interests in the capital...
Students of the interagency cultural and language immersion course visit the Embassy of Uzbekistan and met with the Deputy Chief of Mission (center) Kadambay Sultanov during the class’s site visits in Washington, D.C., April 30. Photo courtesy of the Embassy of the Republic of Uzbekistan

Language and Culture Immersion

By Jack Gaines In April, three Department of State Russian speakers joined members of USAID and the Department of Defense in an advanced language and cultural immersion course held in New York City and Washington,...
Consul General Jim Levy addresses the audience at the opening screening of American film “Love, Simon.” Photo by Alan Clark

Consulate General Guangzhou coordinates LGBTI film festival

By Colin Machado, Jaime LeBlanc-Hadley, Sam Schmitt and Will Baskerville For the fifth year in a row, the U.S. Consulate General in Guangzhou’s LGBTI outreach working group proudly coordinated a multiconsulate film festival in honor...
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,...
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issues the formal oath of office at the conclusion of the 150th SOAR class. Photo by Michael Morrison

The 150th Specialist Orientation Class leaves a legacy

By Michael Grantham On Nov. 26, 2018, a group of strangers walked into the William J. Burns auditorium and experienced the first taste of their new Foreign Service careers. The 150th Specialist Orientation Class included...
The goal of the “Preventing Harassment at State (PK405)” course is to ensure employees are familiar with the laws and Department policies prohibiting harassment and know how to report allegations of harassment. Illustration courtesy of the Foreign Service Institute

Harassment prevention course helps uphold professional Ethos

By Amanda J. Richard In a ceremony in the C Street lobby of HST, April 26, Secretary of State Michael Pompeo introduced the Department of State’s new professional Ethos statement, emphasizing the idea of  “One...
ConGen Rio de Janeiro Consular Officer Jenna Paisley answers visa applicants questions during the first Instagram Live for Mission Brazil. Photo by Carlos Kulps

Mission Brazil broadcasts first Instagram Live on visas

By Anne Foss In February, the consular and public affairs sections at the U.S. Consulate General in Rio de Janeiro produced Consular Team Brazil’s first-ever Instagram Live. The initiative was part of Consular Team Brazil’s...

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