The Global Public Affairs Bureau’s Office of Public Liaison (PL) connects the U.S. Department of State to domestic audiences, directly engaging the American people to explain the Department’s policies and priorities at home and abroad. The office engages civil society through briefings, conferences, and other events in Washington, DC and around the country.
One of the biggest events that the Office of Public Liaison arranges each year is the Historically Black College and University (HBCU) Foreign Policy Conference. The conference is a part of the Department’s diversity and inclusion efforts, and one of our signature Black History Month events. It also supports the White House Initiative on HBCUs.
This year marks our 12th annual HBCU Foreign Policy Conference. Traditionally, the conference takes place in February at the Department in Washington, DC, but due to COVID-19, we will be holding a virtual conference this year. While this year’s conference may be different, the goal remains to provide students from HBCUs and other Predominantly Black Institution (PBIs) with information about the United States’ foreign policy priorities and career opportunities in foreign affairs.
Students and faculty from HBCUs are invited to engage with senior Department officials and gather information on study abroad opportunities and careers. Registration is open for the two-day virtual conference happening February 25-26.
REGISTRATION IS OFFICIALLY OPEN!
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About the Author: Rainey Young is the Director of the Office of Public Liaison in the Bureau of Global Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.