Hometown Diplomat Program Strengthens Community Ties

Posted by Schere Walker
January 20, 2009
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About the Author: Schere Walker serves as the Department’s Hometown Diplomat Coordinator in the Bureau of Public Affairs.

America’s diplomatic corps is drawn from small towns and big cities across the United States. Union County, New Jersey. St. Louis, Missouri. San Rafael, California. Just a few of the communities that America’s diplomats call their hometowns.

Through the Hometown Diplomat Program, State Department employees volunteer their time on personally scheduled trips back to their communities to explain to the American people what the State Department does and why it matters. Employees speak to elementary and high schools and often return to their college alma maters. They talk to local organizations, such as Rotary Clubs or Chambers of Commerce. They meet with state and local officials and participate in media interviews.

As I make telephone calls to arrange these programs, I am regularly greeted by the voices of teachers and others who are proud to hear of the local boy or girl who has made good. They are eager to have their current students or organization’s members hear about the positive difference someone from their community is now making in the broader world. I’m often impressed, too, with the commitment of Department employees to the program. I’ll always remember the young diplomat who participated in the program the week she was home for her wedding!

America’s diplomats never forget that they represent you, the American people, to the world. The Hometown Diplomat Program helps them establish and maintain important relationships with individuals and local communities in the United States. If you are interested in finding out whether a Hometown Diplomat might be visiting your community, please contact us at paregionalprograms@state.gov

Comments

Comments

Dawn J.
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Florida, USA
January 20, 2009

Dawn in Florida writes:

I believe this is a great idea. Please let me know how we can help support this and become involved. Thank you.

Syrian P.
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Syria
January 20, 2009

SNP in Syria writes:

This is God Ali sent program, now Americans will know that Syria is in the Middle East, not near Kentucky. It is tiring to keep explaining... no not that Middle East -- it is the one next to Israel, where Jesus is born.

Alison
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District Of Columbia, USA
January 20, 2009

Alison in Washington, DC writes:

@ SNP -- There is no region in the United States that people refer to as the "Middle East." I'm very curious about these Americans you encounter who think that Syria is near Kentucky. Perhaps Mammoth Cave is bigger than we thought?

seo
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India
January 21, 2009

Seo in India writes:

Even mmost of my people don think as "middle east" people.

Schere W.
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District Of Columbia, USA
September 28, 2009

DipNote Blogger Schere Walker writes:

@ Dawn in Florida -- Thank you for your comment. Please e-mail us at paregionalprograms[at]state.gov with your ideas about the Hometown Diplomat Program. Look forward to hearing from you!

Wendy
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California, USA
January 30, 2009

Wendy in California writes:

Could there be some place on the website where we could look to see if a Hometown Diplomat might be available for our schools in X area? Perhaps some intern could prepare such a list?

It's a brilliant idea. Giving cred to global diplomacy & development could so easily change a kid's life in a flash.

Schere W.
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District Of Columbia, USA
February 6, 2009

DipNote Blogger Schere Walker writes:

@ Wendy in California -- Thank you for your comment. We will take your suggestion into consideration. We currently provide profiles of previous Hometown Diplomats on our website. Please don't hesitate to e-mail me if you are interested in hosting a Hometown Diplomat in your community. Thanks!

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