Mission Bosnia and Herzegovina Diversity and Inclusion Working Group co-chairs Star Hy (left) and Shamaine Martin-Crick (right) open the Mission’s Diversity Book Library, January 2020. State Department photo

Mission Bosnia and Herzegovina establishes Diversity and Inclusion Working Group

By Star Hy  When U.S. Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) Ambassador Eric Nelson laid the foundation for a Diversity and Inclusion Working Group (DIWG) at post in 2020, there was an overwhelmingly positive response....
Grammy and two-time Latin Grammy Award winner Aymée Nuviola performs a virtual concert at Fort Benning, Ga., Feb. 24. Screenshot courtesy of USAID

Black History Month concert features Grammy Award winner

By Tracey Reavis Music was the highlight of a Black History month event when Grammy and two-time Latin Grammy Award winner Aymée Nuviola performed a virtual concert for an audience of employee action, affinity, and...
CDI members Uyanga Erdenebold and Laura Sheehan, joined by seeing eye dog "Dunaway," work on a community podcast highlighting members of the community to showcase the diversity within Mission Japan. Photo by Mikayla Conners

Mission Japan confronts racism and systemic inequality

By Thanh C. Kim Following George Floyd’s death, May 25, 2020, Mission Japan members organized a virtual discussion on race that reached more than 200 community members, leading to a clear, collective call to action.      “We...
Secretary of State Antony Blinken delivers remarks at the 2021 International Women of Courage Awards virtual ceremony with First Lady Jill Biden at Department of State headquarters in Washington, March 8. Photo by Freddie Everett

Women of Courage quindecennial

By Katie Zitzer Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken hosted the 15th Annual International Women of Courage (IWOC) Award ceremony in Washington, March 8. Special remarks were delivered by First Lady Jill Biden, Ambassador to...
From left: Department of State Spanish interpreter Irene Bruno and Japanese interpreter Lefteris Kafatos interpret in the Hub for a remote meeting. Photo by Erric Briggs

Language Services opens remote interpreting hub

By Lefteris Kafatos Since its founding by Thomas Jefferson, the Office of Language Services (LS/I) has acted as America’s foreign mouthpiece to all non-Anglophone interlocutors. In the realms of both public diplomacy and government-to-government relations,...
Police with the Lagos Special Program for Embassy Augmentation Response (SPEAR) team pose alongside U.S. Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) counterparts, including Consulate Lagos Regional Security Officer Special Agent James Suor (middle, khaki pants), November 2020. SPEAR teams are quick-response forces trained and funded by the DSS Office of Antiterrorism Assistance. State Department photo

Nigeria SPEAR Team protects U.S. diplomats during unrest in Lagos

By Vincent Crawley Thousands of Nigerians began protesting in early October 2020 after a video was widely shared on social media showing police officers with Lagos’ Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) allegedly killing a man. The...
Nonimmigrant Visa Chief Ryan Haley (far right) and Consul General Deanna Abdeen (fourth from right) join the Embassy Bogota Consular Team’s vice consuls and locally employed staff during Student Visa Day, 2019. Photo by Héctor Henao

Bogota delivers “¡Con Gusto!” through consular language program

By Ana Maria Fernandez  Embassy Bogota’s consular section strives to achieve the highest standards of customer service, starting with effective client communication. In 2015, post established the Language Buddy Program, a versatile program created for...
The student team from Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis presents their research during DipLab Demo Day, Feb. 12. Photo by Ana Paula Gonzalez

DipLab Demo Day showcases research from partner universities

By Bryan Gerhart The COVID-19 pandemic upended the entire world, and the academic sector was no exception. Institutions of higher education were forced to confront existential threats and operational dilemmas in real-time, adjusting and readjusting...
The Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) purchased a housing campus in Santo Domingo that they had been leasing for years, August 2020. The compound was built to OBO seismic, safety, and security standards and is conveniently located less than one mile from the embassy. Photo by the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations

Investing in the safety of American diplomats serving abroad

By Elizabeth Slaughter, Mark Schmidt, and Erich Chan  The Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) is committed to providing safe and secure housing for all U.S. diplomats serving overseas. However, the Department of State does...

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