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...
The Foreign Service Institute’s School of Applied Information Technology launched a new training and awareness campaign in an effort to support employees during and well after the remote workforce surge due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Web Conferencing @ State is an open learning community designed to support the Department’s...
The Managing Dual Careers forum was held in Beijing, Jan. 24. Event organizers included (from left) Assistant CLO Sharon Fierro, Housing Manager Katya Ilieva-Stone, Consular Associate Eugenio Otero-Melendez, Consular Officer Lisa Hecht-Cronstedt, HR Officer Lycia Coble Sibilla and HR Officer Monica Simmons. Photo by Keome Rowe
By Katya Ilieva-Stone Managing dual careers in the Foreign Service—whether as a tandem couple or as a couple where only one party is a U.S. direct-hire employee—can be challenging. In China, with the lack of a bilateral work agreement and restricted internet, the challenges are even greater. To address concerns...
Members of the Reginald Golden Singers gospel ensemble perform during the First American Gospel Festival in Jerusalem, Feb. 6. Photo by Matty Stern
By Polina Levy Eskenazi Embassy Jerusalem’s Public Diplomacy section designed a unique Black History Month program featuring the Reginald Golden Singers gospel ensemble, which visited Israel through the Bureau of Educational Affairs Arts Envoy program. The program included gospel workshops for local singers and musicians, as well as educational concerts...
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
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 Asian-American Employee Association. More than 400 people attended events throughout the month in Washington, D.C.  The...
Singaporean alumni of the Department of State’s-sponsored Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) clean the beach at Singapore’s East Coast Park, December 2021. YSEALI alumni organized beach clean-ups and tree plantings across Singapore throughout the year to mark YSEALI’s 8th anniversary on Dec. 3. Additionally, their events contributed to...
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...
Ambassador Melanie Higgins (front, third from left) joined program participants at the Ministry of Gender and U.N. Population Fund in the official launch of the “Nje Mu Bandi” Center in Burundi, March 25. The Center is a reintegration program, where victims of gender-based violence develop the skills needed for...
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Photo Illustration by Amanda J. Richard | For the past 10 years, eDiplomacy’s Virtual Student Federal Service (VSFS) program has invited U.S. university students to work with colleagues at the Department and across the federal government. VSFS delivers talent with regional expertise, language skills, data analytics and much more....
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...