Today brings us to the end of our year-long “State4States,” series, an in-depth look at how the State Department positively benefits each state across our great nation. 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 prosperity.
This work extends to each individual state and community in different ways. In Alabama, for example, the State Department’s International Military Education and Training program works with military institutions to educate and train international military students, thereby strengthening the international coalitions that are critical to U.S. national security goals. This program keeps American communities safe, exposes foreign students to the culture and history of the United States and the State of Alabama, and supports the local economy.
In Minnesota, the State Department supports police agencies in developing partnerships with the Somali Police Force, given that Minnesota is home to the largest Somali community in the United States. Minnesotan officers have traveled to Mogadishu and hosted Somali Police Force leadership in the Twin Cities. The partnership has strengthened the Minneapolis police department’s outreach to Somali-Americans, giving Minnesotan officers the credibility they need to speak with the Somali-American community on security issues. The initiative has improved community policing efforts, and enhanced their ability to build community resilience against radicalization.
And in Wyoming, the State Department has facilitated programs between Wyoming’s universities and higher education institutions around the world. As a result of a U.S. Mission Brazil-funded visit to the United States, the State University of Goias established a partnership with the University of Wyoming to create an English immersion program for 60 Brazilian students and faculty. Wyoming faculty, students, and volunteers traveled to the city of Pirenopolis, and the President and Director for International Affairs of the State University of Goias traveled to Wyoming to meet with University leadership and discuss future collaboration between the U.S. and Brazilian institutions. Exchanges like this strengthen university partnerships, our bilateral relations, and our people-to-people interactions.
The State Department benefits American communities across the country in many other ways, as well, including through adoption support, economic investment and job creation, environmental protection, defense cooperation, international exchange programs, and more. Even as we reach the end of “State4States,” the work continues. Find out more about the Department of State's impact in American communities at Department of State by State, and read all the entries in the State4States series.
The State Department will also continue to engage with the American people in-person. If you would like to request a State Department speaker or invite a Foreign Service Officer visit to your hometown or university, please visit the Bureau of Global Public Affairs’ Office of Public Liaison or sign up for updates!