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IPDGC held a small reception to welcome the 2019-2020 Public Diplomacy Fellow Emilia A. Puma to the School of Media and Public Affairs at GWU last week. A number of faculty dropped by to hail the new diplomat-in-residence.

A 28-year veteran of the U.S. Foreign Service, Emilia will be teaching an SMPA undergraduate class on Public Diplomacy (SMPA 3350) for both Fall and Spring semesters this academic year. 

Also turning up to the event was surprise guest, Karl Stoltz and his wife Tania Garry. The 2018-2019 PD Fellow, Karl will soon be leaving Washington, DC. IPDGC Director Janet Steele expressed thanks for his contribution to the Institute and SMPA during his tenure and wished him well for his upcoming posting to Russia to head the Public Affairs Section at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow.

Former PD Fellow Karl Stoltz with a token of appreciation from IPDGC.

 

 

Western policy makers and diplomats need to understand more about Islam when engaging with journalists in Muslim Southeast Asia.  

IPDGC Director Janet Steele at the Sydney Southeast Asia Center in Sydney, Australia.

Over spring break, IPDGC Director Janet traveled to Australia to give talks at the University of Sydney, Australian National University and Monash University, on the topic of "The journalisms of Islam: contending views in Muslim Southeast Asia". She was also interviewed by Natalie Pearson at the Sydney Southeast Asia Center while at the University of Sydney.

The interview can be heard here: listen

I couldn't be more delighted for the opportunity to thank Sen. Leahy for his steadfast support to efforts for telling America's story to the world."

- Janet Steele, Director, IPDGC

On March 5, 2019, the Vermont senator was awarded the Walter Roberts Award for Congressional Leadership in Public Diplomacy during a Capitol Hill ceremony.

IPDGC Director Janet Steele noted that because of Sen. Leahy's unwavering support for public diplomacy, he played a key role in saving funding for educational and cultural exchange programs, especially the English language programs were under threat of being terminated.

Together with the Congressional Leadership Award, the Walter Roberts Endowment gave a grant to the Vermont Council on World Affairs to enhance international youth leadership exchanges.

Read more about the event in GW Today: link here

 

If you want to get into this opportunity and space, you must bring that passion.

This was the message at the panel talk arranged by the Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication (IPDGC) with the Elliott School’s Graduate Student Services (GSS) last Thursday, February 7.

The very experienced panel of public diplomacy practitioners shared personal experiences about opportunities and career paths, and the impact of PD work.

The event was also to announce the new Walter Roberts Public Diplomacy Grant. IPDGC’s director Janet Steele described the grant as a great opportunity for a student to lead a PD project for an organization. More information about the Walter Roberts Public Diplomacy Grant here.

In welcoming the panel, GSS senior career coach Tara Sonenshine spoke about her own experience when she was U.S. Undersecretary for Public Diplomacy at the State Department. Person-to-person communication was so critical to establishing that connection, she shared. 

The panel comprised of Susan Crystal, Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. State Department; Monica Enqvist, Head of Public Diplomacy and Press, Embassy of Sweden; Holger Mahnicke, Head of Communication, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany; and Roger-Mark deSouza, President and CEO of Sister Cities International. 

Susan Crystal talked about how the State Department welcomed everyone who was interested in a U.S Foreign Service career. She explained that with five career tracks, there were options for those with different talents; it was not a “one size fits all” career. Susan Crystal

Two senior diplomats from Germany and Sweden both talked with pride about how they helped their respective countries communicate successfully with the rest of the world.

Monica EnqvistMonica Enqvist from the Embassy of Sweden recounted how every job change for her was a way to learn the different facets of communication and public diplomacy.

Holger MahnickeHolger Mahnicke talked about his excitement at being in the field and working on solutions to crises during his posting in central Africa.

Just as enthused, Roger-Mark deSouza described how he built on what he learned as a graduate student with three jobs, and then applied this knowledge to his different non-profit roles. He told the audience not to discount their experiences and always work to improve people skills as these would always serve them well. Roger-Mark deSouza

Related links:

U.S. State Department: https://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/rls/dos/436.htm

Sister Cities International: https://sistercities.org

German Embassy in Washington, DC: https://www.germany.info/us-en

Embassy of Sweden: https://www.swedenabroad.se/en/embassies/usa-washington/