Diplomatic Security Service Director Carlos Matus (top left) and Assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security Gentry Smith hold a DS commemorative badge at the 76th Session of the U.N. General Assembly in New York City, Sept. 16. The new DS commemorative badge (bottom left, and top center) imitates the original special agent badge (bottom center, and right) from 1916, purportedly designed by Tiffany & Co. in New York. State Department photos

DSS unveils new commemorative badge at U.N. General Assembly

By Julia Paccone Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) special agents received a new addition to their credentials while they protected foreign dignitaries at the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 76), Sept. 21-27....
From left: DACOR President James Dandridge II and UDC President Ronald Mason, Jr. sign an MOU to create a pilot partnership that will provide DACOR mentors for undergraduate students enrolled in global studies courses at the University of the District of Columbia, September 2021. Photo by Jenifer Morris

DACOR and University of the District of Columbia sign mentoring agreement

By Tom Brannan Seeking to diversify the talent pipeline leading to careers in the Department of State, DACOR—a Washington-based organization of foreign affairs professionals—and the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) signed a memorandum...
The Department’s Chief Data Officer Matthew Graviss (center) and Director of the Office of Management Strategy and Solutions Janice deGarmo (right) look on as Deputy Secretary for Management and Resources Brian P. McKeon (left) signs the first-ever Enterprise Data Strategy ceremony at Main State in Washington, September 2021. State Department photo

Department’s novel enterprise data strategy drives change

By Matthew Graviss The September 2021 release of the Department of State’s “Enterprise Data Strategy (EDS)—Empowering Data Informed Diplomacy,” marked a major milestone in its transformation into a more data-centric organization. The Department’s first-ever data...
From left: Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness and Embassy Kingston Chargé d’Affaires John McIntyre stand for a moment of silence during the unveiling ceremony, Nov. 4. Photo by Cleo Walker Smith

Embassy Kingston honors Colin Powell’s legacy

By Bobby Adelson Embassy Kingston honored the late, former-Secretary of State Colin Powell, whose parents were both born in Jamaica, with a wreath laying ceremony and a permanent installation of Powell's official portrait in the...
Special Presidential Envoy John Kerry, President Joe Biden, Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen, and National Economic Council Director Brian Deese participate in Session 2 on Investing in Climate Solutions at the Virtual Leaders Summit on Climate in Washington, April 22. Photo by Adam Schultz

Department prepares for climate crisis conference in Glasgow

By Ryann Howard Scientific findings have made it abundantly clear—all countries must dramatically scale up efforts between now and 2030 to meet the global goal of limiting warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius and mitigate the worst impacts of climate change. The Leaders Summit on...
Joseph Angemi (far right) provides a detailed description of some of the items on display at the exhibition’s opening ceremony. The ceremony was attended by members of the diplomatic corps accredited to Rabat, representatives of various U.S. armed forces, and national cultural actors, including Mehdi Qotbi, the president of the National Foundation of Museums (center). Photo courtesy of the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations

U.S. Legation in Morocco celebrates bicentennial

By Joseph Angemi An exhibition titled, “Of Voice and Stone: 200 Years of History in the American Legation Building and Morocco,” officially opened, June 9, 2021, in celebration of the bicentennial of the American Legation...
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...
Deputy Secretary of State Wendy R. Sherman (top left) and First Lady of the United States Jill Biden (far right) presided over two separate name unveiling ceremonies, July 2021. Sherman dedicated the Beate Sirota Gordon tower (bottom left photo) with Chargé d’Affaires Raymond Greene (left center) and members of the Sirota Gordon family and Council on Diversity and Inclusion, July 20. Biden (top center photo, far right) unveiled the Irene Hirano Inouye and Senator Daniel K. Inouye room plaque with, from left: Chargé d’Affaires Raymond Greene, U.S.-Japan Council representatives Hiroko Tanaka and Masaaki Tanaka, and Christina Le. U.S.-Japan Council President and CEO Suzanne Basalla, Jennifer Hirano, and Ken Inouye attended virtually. Photos by Kent Jagodzinski

Mission Japan honors diversity through name dedications

By Paula Brainard and Christina Le Diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility are not simply workplace concepts, they are about creating a culture and environment in which all feel welcome to be their authentic selves. Mission...
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...
New hires participate in the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations virtual onboarding course, onboardOBO, August 19. Photo by Evan Lewis

OBO designs virtual onboarding program to welcome new employees

By Tasheika Box, Sydney Arvanitas, Destini Robinson, and Kate Larson At the Department of State, it can sometimes be difficult for a large bureau or office to operate as one team. With multiple departments, international...

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