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U.S. Department of State will sponsor the “Diplomacy Begins Here series”

It is encouraging to see that the U.S. Government is engaging its’ citizens and encouraging them to think globally.

To catch up with the rest of the World, the U.S. needs to establish a global mindset
in it’s populace. Not only with the Millennial Generation, but starting with the newborns.

We need to phase out the ethnocentric diversity classes now being taught and replace them with world geography, world history, world cultures, and world affairs classes. This academic study to begin at the lower education levels.

Requirements for foreign language skills need be implemented in first grade.

U.S. Universities should include in their curriculum, mandatory, purposeful
“academic” world travel programs. Cross cultural and comparative religion
studies combined with actual observations and interactions adds value
to a students degree.

Understanding how the “real world”  operates can help provide
solutions for conflict avoidance.

The future generations of Americans will need the skills to function in the
global arena – they need to be world-wise in order to assume future leadership
roles in business, government, and the military.

The U.S. Department of State announced, that beginning this week, the U.S. Department of State, in partnership with Global Ties U.S., will sponsor the Diplomacy Begins Here series — eight citizen diplomacy summits in communities across the United States.

The summits will bring attention to the critical role that public and citizen diplomacy play in building a more peaceful, prosperous world at home and abroad.

The summits are an opportunity for local partners to engage their audiences in the value of public diplomacy and increase the network of people who support exchange programs.
The inaugural summits will take place in Phoenix, Arizona on November 14 and Huntsville, Alabama on November 19.

In Phoenix, sessions will focus on youth and omen’s leadership and U.S.-Mexico relations. Deputy Assistant Secretary for Outreach David Duckenfield and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Professional and Cultural Exchanges Mara Tekach will represent the State Department in Phoenix.

The Huntsville summit will focus on the potential of the Millennial Generation to advance people-to-people diplomacy. Educational and Cultural Affairs Senior Advisor Rick Ruth will represent the State Department in Huntsville.

The remaining summits will be hosted by local organizations throughout 2015 in Detroit, Seattle, Los Angeles, Louisville, Denver, and Manchester, New Hampshire.

State Department-sponsored exchange program participants from around the world will also attend the summits to provide their perspectives.

Building off of Secretary Kerry’s statement that “there is no longer anything foreign about foreign policy,” attendees will be encouraged to take the “expand Your World” pledge – a commitment to take action to strengthen communities through citizen diplomacy.

Exchanges are uniquely able to reach young people, women and girls, and under served audiences, helping establish a lifetime of connections.

More than 40,000 Americans currently volunteer in their communities to support international exchanges – as host families, local liaisons, programmers, and speakers.

This growing network is made possible by more than 90 local community-based organizations across the United States, which work with the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs builds relations between the people of the United States and the people of other countries through academic, cultural, sports, and professional exchanges, as well as public-private partnerships.

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Nota bene:

U.S. Students need to be aware of what role the U.S. has played in World History. 

Every young American needs to fully understand that each and every one of us is an Ambassador for the United States of America.

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