Ambassador Deborah Malac greets Community Volunteer Initiative for Development Executive Director Ben Bataringaya at the grand opening and commissioning of the COVOID Youth Empowerment Center in Rubirizi, Uganda. Photo by Khue Nguyen

Uganda youth center creates opportunities

By Garland Smith U.S. Ambassador to Uganda Deborah Malac traveled to southwest Uganda, Nov. 5, for a ceremony to commission the Community Volunteer Initiative for Development (COVOID) Youth Empowerment Center in Rubirizi. Peace Corps Volunteer...
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...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
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...
Conservators, civil engineers and stonecutters from three ASEAN countries work together to conserve the Shwe-nandaw Kyaung monastery in Mandalay, Burma. Photo by Jeff Allen

Historic preservation creates opportunity

By Jennifer Schuett Situated in the heart of Burma, Mandalay is the country’s last royal capital, a bustling economic hub in the Indo-Pacific region and the site of an Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP)...
From left: Assistant Secretary Carl C. Risch and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo discuss photos on display at the exhibit inauguration, May 29. State Department photo

Commemorating Consular Affairs’ commitment to service

By Mikala Williams The Bureau of Consular Affairs (CA) celebrated its 40-year anniversary this past summer by partnering with the United States Diplomacy Center on a unique exhibit that highlighted the 239-year history of consular...

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