On Friday, May 10, 2019, ICAP, in partnership with the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) convened an annual conference on “Diversity in International Affairs. The Conference is a collaborative effort by the Council on Foreign Relations, the International Career Advancement Program, and the Global Access Pipeline that connects professionals and students from underrepresented backgrounds with career opportunities in international affairs and includes plenary and breakout sessions on a variety of topics. The event featured a keynote address from Stacey Y. Abrams, Founder, Fair Fight Action; Former Minority Leader, Georgia House of Representatives. In 2018, Abrams ran to become the nation’s first African-American female governor. After the Georgia race, Abrams and her campaign launched a new national conversation about the importance of voting rights. The Conference also featured two plenary sessions on “Leading Organizational Change for Diversity and Inclusion” and “The Future of Democracy Around the World.”
For more information on the conference, please click on the below Press Release:
In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s 90th birthday, ICAP volunteers and friends staffed a pop up grocery center at the R.I.S.E. (Relate, Innovate, Stimulate and Elevate) Demonstration Center in Washington, D.C., through a partnership with Martha's Table.
Rolling up their sleeves and welcoming folks in need with warm smiles, ICAP fellows and friends helped fill and distribute more than 500 bags of fresh produce. In total, volunteers served 600+ people with healthy food and provided them important information on additional services, including food, education, and clothing assistance offered by Martha's table, at no cost. In addition, volunteers engaged kids through arts and crafts honoring Dr. King's dream for racial equality, economic rights, and harmony.
Afterwards, participants reflected on and celebrated their service at a networking event hosted by ICAP Alumni Association Board Member Ambassador Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley (ret.).
This is another great example of how ICAP Fellows continue to give back and support their communities.
In October 2018, ICAP welcomed a new class of accomplished professionals into the ICAP Family. This class represented one the most diverse group of fellows to date! The enthusiasm of this class was infectious and we firmly believe the ideas generated will help propel ICAP to the next level. We are incredibly excited about what’s to come!
We are also excited about our final GlobalGiving Campaign of 2018 and hope you'll consider supporting ICAP on GivingTuesday, November 27, 2018. Thanks to your generosity and unwavering support, we are building a sustainable legacy!
On July 18, the ICAP community — alumni, sponsors, advisors, and friends — made 43 gifts for a record-breaking total of $5,285 in contributions during GlobalGiving Mandela Day Campaign. Because of your generosity and participation, ICAP ranked 29th of 4500 organizations that participated in this campaign.
These funds are crucial to ICAP’s operations and programs. Thanks to the incredible support from you, the ICAP community, we will continue to advance our core objectives of bringing greater quality and diversity to the staffing of senior management and policy-making positions in international affairs, government agencies, non-profit organizations and the private sector.
Next month (September 12), ICAP will have another opportunity to participate in GlobalGiving’s Bonus Day campaign. It will be a great opportunity to leverage matching funds and bonus prizes for ICAP.
We hope we can count on you to make this campaign a success!
On April 28, the International Career Advancement Program Alumni Association (ICAPAA), honored Ambassador Reuben E. Brigety II, Dean of the Elliott School of International Affairs of The George Washington University, with the 2018 Diversity Award for his commitment to diversifying senior leadership in foreign affairs. The award was given during the ICAP Mid-Year Reunion and Awards Ceremony hosted at the UN Foundation in Washington, DC.
Ambassador Brigety formerly served as the U.S. Ambassador to the African Union and the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. He is an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.
In his remarks, Ambassador Brigety underscored the importance of diversity in American leadership in bringing our nation closer to realizing the goals of the U.S. Constitution, “not as the our Founders practiced but as they articulated.” He implored the ICAP Fellows and senior advisors to continually work toward building the America that reflects all of our ideals, commenting that progress is not guaranteed and historical biases and prejudices can reemerge without deliberate efforts.
The award was presented by Ambassador Ruth A. Davis, the highest-ranking African-American Foreign Service Officer and the first African-American woman to be named Career Ambassador when she retired in 2009.
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