On behalf of the American people, the State Department promotes and demonstrates democratic values and advances a free, peaceful, and prosperous world. By leading America’s foreign policy through diplomacy, advocacy, and assistance, the Department keeps the American people safe both at home and abroad and advances our shared economic prosperity. The State Department directly impacts the “Buckeye State” of Ohio through international academic exchange, public-private partnerships, and adoption support.
First, the State Department benefits Ohioans through international exchange programs, including the Fulbright program. The Fulbright Program fosters bilateral relationships and promotes mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. More than 380,000 “Fulbrighters” have participated in the Program since its inception more than 70 years ago, and the Program operates in over 160 countries worldwide. In the 2017-2018 academic year, 67 Scholars, Students, and Teachers from Ohio were awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, and 114 international students received a Fulbright grant to study in the Buckeye State. Outside of the Fulbright program, over 37,000 international higher education students studied in Ohio in 2016/2017. These exchanges build our people-to-people relationships between the international community and the people of Ohio.
Secondly, as part of the Diplomacy Lab network, the State Department has partnered with Miami University and Oberlin College. Led by the State Department’s Office of Global Partnerships, Diplomacy Lab is a public-private partnership that enables the State Department to “course-source” research and innovation related to foreign policy challenges. Partner schools like Miami and Oberlin conduct research around Department-selected topics, and over the course of a semester, professors guide students in developing a final work product that accomplishes the goals outlined by the Department. Diplomacy Lab underscores the Department’s commitment to engage with the American people in the work of the State Department, and the need to broaden the Department’s research base in response to increasingly complex and evolving global challenges.
Finally, the State Department impacts Ohio through the intercountry adoption process. In Fiscal Year 2017, the Bureau of Consular Affairs issued visas to 156 children who were adopted by U.S. citizens from Ohio. Intercountry adoption is one of the Bureau of Consular Affairs’ highest priorities, as the bureau’s Office of Children’s Issues works diligently to establish and maintain intercountry adoption as a viable option throughout the world.
From Cleveland to Cincinnati, the State Department positively impacts Ohio by supporting its academic institutions and its families, and by building people-to-people relationships that are made to last.
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Editor's Note: This entry also appears in the U.S. Department of State's publication on Medium.