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
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 building in Tangier. Today, the legation—which was the United States’ first diplomatic property overseas—serves as...
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
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 at post and in our U.S. government agencies.”   In its first year, the DE&I Council made...
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
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 Japan’s Council on Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) has tackled difficult issues through an extensive speaker series...
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
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 disabilities should be recognized every day, and similarly, ensuring accessibility at the Department of State should become an...
Ambassador Lynne M. Tracy (far right) toured police facilities in the northern city of Gyumri, the second largest city in Armenia, which will soon house new patrol police officers as well as a regional dispatch center. The International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs section at Embassy Yerevan is assisting...
Embassy Asunción celebrated the success of the Paraguay Okakuaa (meaning “grows” in the Guarani language) program in an event attended by Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Johanna Villalobos, the Paraguayan minister of labor, and the Paraguayan minister of childhood and adolescence, Sept. 29. NGO Partners of Americas President and...
U.S. Army soldiers assigned to A Company, 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment “Iron Rangers,” 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, call in a medical evacuation during a situational training exercise in Cincu, Romania, Sept. 23. This training was part of multiple situational training exercises that U.S. soldiers...
Acting Under Secretary for Management Carol Perez announced the launch of the COVID-19 Mitigation Process (CMP), Sept. 28. The CMP replaces Diplomacy Strong as the Department of State’s framework for upholding model safety principles outlined in the Workplace Safety Plan and for evaluating local risk indicators to determine the...
The Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) helps ensure the safety of U.S. interests overseas through threat alerts, analysis, and peer networking groups. This year, OSAC will host its hallmark annual briefing online, Nov. 16–18. OSAC is administered by the Diplomatic Security Service in partnership with the private sector, and...
New hires participate in the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations virtual onboarding course, onboardOBO, August 19. Photo by Evan Lewis
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 time zones, disparate employee types, and, now, a virtual work backdrop, new employees need accessible...