About the Author: Cheryl Benton serves as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs.
I recently met with the Public Leadership Education Network, a group of very talented and engaged college-aged professional women from across the country. Today marks International Women's Day, and I can't emphasize enough the importance of women globally as a cornerstone of U.S. foreign policy. This month we have really focused on making sure that we are informing and engaging every sector of civil society on global women's issues. But this is not limited to a day, or even a month, we work to engage the public every day of the year.
As Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Outreach in the Department's Bureau of Public Affairs, I work with a team of people who are dedicated to making sure that the Department of State is transparent and includes you in its work and decision making.
In the Bureau of Public Affairs, we are committed to ensuring that the American people have a seat at the foreign policy table. We want to hear from you, we want to meet with you to hear your interests and to make sure that you understand what we are doing, and why. That's why, so far this year we have arranged over 200 face-to-face meetings with women, men, students, experts, Diaspora groups, journalists and members of all sectors of civil society from the United States. Contact us at PublicOutreach@state.gov to find out how you can participate in the dialogue. We look forward to connecting with you.