Employee mentoring program participants from across embassy sections and agencies come together to share their mentoring experiences with their randomly-selected group members, April 25. Photo by Jennifer Prillaman

Port-au-Prince DEIA mentoring initiative draws hundreds

By Elijah Jatovsky Embassy Port-au-Prince launched its inaugural employee mentoring program, April 25, welcoming more than 200 community members who connected across sections, agencies, nationalities, and languages. “Mentor Match Day” was created in response to...
Local Guard Force trainers Burim Hamiti (left) and Oliver Spirkovski (right) provide instruction on packing a wound to Oksana Onasenko from post’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement section, as part of first aid training at the Military of North Macedonia’s Ilinden Barracks, during a mission-wide disaster drill, May 16. Photo by Tatjana Hadji-Andova

Skopje’s Health Unit implements innovative training program

By Holly Paul Health Units (HU) at U.S. embassies worldwide have long played a key role in providing medical preparedness training and ensuring that diplomats serving overseas are safe and ready for medical emergencies.   Embassy Skopje’s...
Through the 2021 Resilience Innovation Grant, Embassy Abidjan was able to repurpose three tanks being removed from embassy residences to set up a rainwater harvesting system. Photo courtesy of Embassy Abidjan

GDI Resilience Innovation Grant Award recipients announced

By Maryam Alam The Department of State announced the recipients of the fourth annual Resilience Innovation Grant, a part of the Greening Diplomacy Initiative (GDI) Awards, June 28. Sponsored by the Bureau of Overseas Building...
Volunteers of the Greenview Cementery Project (from left) Robert Seibel, FACT Training Coordinator Susan Taylor, James Barchanowicz, Don Chambers, Assistant Unit Chief Mark Perkins, and Todd Taylor. Seibel, Barchanowicz, and Chambers are all instructors in the Driver Training Unit. Photos courtesy of James Barchanowicz

Restoring Greenview Cemetery

By James Barchanowicz Greenview Cemetery in Blackstone, Va., is located just outside Fort Pickett, a military reserve training facility and home to the Foreign Affairs Security Training Center (FASTC) that provides lifesaving security training to...
Volunteers of the Charities and Activities Committee at Embassy Mexico City gather together, April 26. Photo by Roxanne-marie S. Patlan

Mexico City’s Charities and Activities Committee makes a difference

By Michael Popil Volunteers of the Charities and Activities Committee (CAC) at Embassy Mexico City know that diplomacy defies time, boundaries, and titles. This volunteer group of U.S. direct hires, locally employed (LE) staff, and...
American Presence Officer Christopher Crawford (sixth from left), mayor of Saint-Etienne Gaël Perdriau (center, at podium with sash), and representatives of the French government join together for the inauguration of William Henry Hunt Square in Saint-Etienne, France, March 17. Photo by Monica Ann Schager

Trailblazing African American diplomat honored in France

By Monica Ann Schager The American consulate in Lyon joined the town hall of Saint-Etienne for the inauguration of William Hunt Square in March 2022. Saint-Etienne is a city of nearly 200,000 people in central...
Project Director and archaeologist Dr. Rasmi Shoocongdej of Silpakorn University (right) explains the methodology for the conservation of the 2,000-year-old log coffins in the Phi Man Long Long Rak Cave to Chargé d'Affaires Michael Heath (left), March 2. Photo courtesy of U.S. Embassy Bangkok

Preserving 2000-year-old coffins in Thailand 

By Kanchalee “Kelly” Jitjang To underscore the U.S.’s respect for Thailand’s cultural heritage, Embassy Bangkok is working with the Faculty of Archaeology at Silpakorn University to conserve ancient log coffins in deep caves at Phi...
As part of a cooperative bilateral action, American and Chinese muralists portray a vision of the climate future. Two of the winning murals, including “Land Light” (shown here), were displayed on the exterior walls of the Consulate General Guangzhou. “Land Light” was created by a team consisting of American artist DISTORT and Chinese artist Chen Siyu. Photo by Jing Chen

Artists work together to call for climate action in Guangzhou

By Caleb Portnoy On Nov. 10, 2021, at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, the United States and the People’s Republic of China agreed to accelerate climate action and cooperation. Throughout history, artists...
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.

Sign@State demonstrates Department’s commitment to reaching diverse audiences

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...
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

Department’s data maturity reaches key milestone

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...

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