Panelists of the first session of the Sign@State Symposium, Senior Advisor for Employee Communications Roberta Mather (seated right), Technical Editor Robb Dooling (seated second from right), Foreign Service Specialist Doug Surette (seated center), and Human Resource Specialist/International Compensation Manager Arisa Nakamori (far left on screen) communicate during their event, April 21.
By Maura M. Pfeifer The Department of State’s deaf and hard of hearing foreign affairs employees took center stage at the Sign@State Symposium, April 21. The event featured the Department’s first-ever panel conducted entirely in American Sign Language (ASL) and a second panel with accessibility, accommodation, and recruitment experts from...
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Jeff Knoll (right) welcomes a Timorese preschooler at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new preschool in Maubara, Timor-Leste, which was constructed by U.S. Navy Seabees and Marines in coordination with Embassy Dili. “There is no better indication of our commitment to our enduring friendship with...
In April 2022, Special Envoy for Yemen Tim Lenderking (far right in right photo) helped secure the first nationwide truce in the Yemen conflict in six years. This truce is a major milestone in the ongoing peace efforts. Lenderking and the Yemen Affairs Unit are also pushing to translate...
Embassy Mbabane hosts a monthly “Donuts & Dialogue” series which provides a safe place to convene young leaders and experts for powerful discussions. In the wake of civil unrest and a polarized media environment, these sessions have helped facilitate a better understanding of leadership, human rights, women’s rights, mental...
U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Ken Salazar visited the Ford Motor Company plant in Cuautitlán Izcalli, Mexico, May 16. Salazar’s visit highlighted the benefits of U.S. companies working in Mexico and underscored the strong ties between the U.S. and Mexican economies. “We celebrate Ford’s efforts to strengthen supply chains with...
Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations and President of the Security Council for the month of May, chairs the Security Council meeting on technology and security under maintenance of international peace and security.
The United States used its rotating presidency of the U.N. Security Council (UNSC) in May to shine a spotlight on two priority issues: conflict-driven food insecurity and the use of digital technologies in the maintenance of international peace and security. The New York Mission welcomed Secretary of State Antony...
Prior to her retirement, then-Director General of the Foreign Service and Director of Global Talent Carol Z. Perez (third from left) visited the U.S. Consulate General in Kolkata, May 23. The visit was part of her first overseas trip since the COVID-19 pandemic began in 2020. Perez listened to...
Ambassador Laura Dogu (right) and Honduras Foreign Minister Enrique Reina (left) commemorated the topping out—a builders’ rite traditionally held when the last beam (or its equivalent) is placed atop a structure during its construction—of the new U.S. embassy campus in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, May 27. This ceremony marked the symbolic...
Sandra F. Sheskin, featured on the cover of the July 1962 issue of the Department of State Newsletter (later State Magazine), impresses the Great Seal of the United States on a presidential commission. The Great Seal, which celebrated its 240th anniversary as a symbol of the nation’s sovereignty, June...
Winners, honorable mentions, and nominees of the inaugural Data for Diplomacy Awards came from more than 40 Department of State bureaus and posts across the globe. Image courtesy of the Office of Management Strategy and Solutions
By Matthew Graviss The Department of State’s first-ever Enterprise Data Strategy (EDS) was a paradigm shift toward a data-driven culture, and the strategy implementation phase began in October 2021. Since then, multifaceted efforts to leverage data as a critical instrument of diplomacy have been moving ahead swiftly. The Department’s Office...