The Foreign Service Journal, May 2021

THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL | MAY 2021 67 AFSA Outreach: A Full Slate of Events May will see two major AFSA outreach efforts: Foreign Service Day virtual program- ming on Thursday, May 6, and an Inside Diplomacy event on May 26 at 1 p.m. EDT. We hope members have been busy sending letters to the editor in advance of Foreign Service Day on May 7 and taking part in the social media campaign to help spread the word about the work and value of the Foreign Service. May 7 will mark the end of the outreach challenge. Later this month, we will report how the letter writing campaign went and will reveal the victor(s). The second installment of our Inside Diplomacy series is focused on Arctic diplo- macy—fittingly, given the theme of this month’s Journal . The event will feature special guest U.S. Coordinator for the Arctic Region Jim DeHart (interviewed in this edition of the FSJ ).We are honored to be able to sit down with Jim to talk about such an important topic. Please join us online for the discussion at 1 p.m. on May 26. To register, please visit our website at If you missed the first Inside Diplomacy event with guest Liz Schrayer, president and CEO of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, you can find the recording on our website: defense. The Inside Diplomacy series explores current national security issues as they relate to U.S. foreign policy and the Foreign Service. With our first event, we set the stage with the topic “The Future of U.S. Global Lead- ership,” a forward-looking discussion of what needs to happen to put diplomacy once again at the forefront of our foreign policy, and what that means for the Foreign Service. At this writing, we are at work on our next Diplomats at Work event, slated for June. This virtual series is focused on reaching new audiences, primarily community colleges and local organizations, to share the story of the Foreign Service. Our first Diplomats at Work event, featuring Supervisory Special Agent Kala Bokelman from the Diplomatic Security Service on March 24, was well received, and can be viewed at Thank you to AFSAmem- bers who have helped spread the word in your communi- ties about this new series.We will call on you again in June to help us promote the next event of the series, which will focus on the reopening of the U.S. consulate in Nuuk, Greenland. As always, if you have questions about AFSA’s out- reach program or would like to join the outreach messenger roster, please contact Nadja Ruzica by emailing ruzica@ n AFSA NEWS