Ambassador Jean Manes serves meals to families in the waiting room of the Bloom Children’s Hospital. Photo by Juan Carlos Quintero
By Colin Guard A recent Embassy San Salvador social media campaign—to promote volunteerism and increase citizen engagement—significantly outperformed expectations. Public Affairs Section staff who implemented the campaign attribute part of the success to its call to action. U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador Jean Manes launched the campaign last October with a...
Participants attend a CCEP-CSO brown bag about careers in conflict management with Deputy Director Chris Wendell. Photo by Nick Dinardo
By Nayab Khan The Council for Career Enhancement and Professionalization (CCEP) and the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO) partnered for a brown bag event last November to discuss careers in conflict prevention. CCEP, one of 13 employee affinity groups at the Department, provides resources on career enhancement and...
More than 1,000 ECA exchange visitors volunteered at fluid stations along the 26.2 mile NYC marathon course. Photo by Jenny Eisenberg
By Jenny Eisenberg For the fourth consecutive year, the largest and most diverse group of volunteers along the 26.2-mile route of the 2018 New York City Marathon last November was comprised of U.S. Department of State exchange visitors. An innovative collaboration between the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA)...
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
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 (PCV) Garland Smith played a key role in creating the learning center, which encourages self-empowerment...
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
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 Kinshasa’s children last November. “We loved participating in the Art-in-Embassies program when we served in...
Consul General Jim Levy addresses the audience at the opening screening of American film “Love, Simon.” Photo by Alan Clark
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 of Pride Month. Locally known as the “LGBT Film Festival,” this June event has become...
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
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, D.C. The program was hosted by the U.S. Army, 353rd Civil Affairs Command, and it...
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
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 a trash-to-art competition to collecting rainwater and installing solar panels. CGI reduced post’s environmental footprint,...
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
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 of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany; however, the Grand Duke refused to recognize his credentials....
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
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 both inspired and informed her innovation priorities, which focus on taking care of the Department...