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Johns Hopkins SAIS to host “A deeper understanding of the intersection of foreign affairs, international relations, and the global experience for African-American people,” with Ambassador Harriet L. Elam-Thomas, February 19, in Washington, DC

Johns Hopkins SAIS will host “A deeper understanding of the intersection of foreign affairs, international relations, and the global experience for African-American people,” with Ambassador Harriet L. Elam-Thomas on February 19. The event is presented by the school’s Diversity Council.
Ambassador Elam-Thomas will join Eliot A. Cohen, dean of Johns Hopkins SAIS, to discuss the importance of increasing exposure to international affairs education and fostering diversity and inclusion in foreign service, particularly for African-Americans and other people of color.
Ambassador Harriet L. Elam-Thomas
Director, Diplomacy Program, University of Central Florida
Eliot A. Cohen
Dean, Johns Hopkins SAIS
Time and Date
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Johns Hopkins SAIS
Kenney Herter Auditorium
1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20036
The event is open to the public and media, with registration. Members of the working press can request to cover the event by selecting "Media" on the online registration form. Final media access will be confirmed at least one day prior to the event. Pre-authorized camera setup will only be permitted from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Media Contact
Jason Lucas
Communications Manager
Johns Hopkins SAIS
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About the Speaker
Ambassador Harriet L. Elam-Thomas directs a rapidly growing global initiative at the University of Central Florida (UCF), the Diplomacy Program. From 2003-2005, she served as Diplomat in Residence at UCF under the auspices of a national U.S. Department of State program. In that capacity, she was the U.S. Department of State’s official liaison in Central Florida.
Prior to Fall 2005, she was a Senior Foreign Service Officer with the rank of Career Minister. Previously she served as U.S. Ambassador to Senegal from 1999-2003; Chief of Mission to Guinea-Bissau; Acting Director of the United States Information Agency (USIA); Cultural Attaché at the American Embassy in Athens; Country Affairs Officer for Greece, Turkey and Cyprus; director of the American Press and Cultural Center, American Consulate, Istanbul, Turkey; and in other positions at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, the President’s Appointments Office at the White House, and the Foreign Service Personnel Office. Her additional posts abroad were in France, Mali, and the Ivory Coast. Elam-Thomas is the recipient of numerous awards including the U.S. Government’s Superior Honor Award, the Lois Roth Award for Excellence in Informational and Cultural Diplomacy, and a Group Superior and Meritorious Honor Award for her work in connection with the first Persian Gulf War. In 2007, she received the Director General’s Cup of the U.S. Department of State.
About Johns Hopkins SAIS
A division of Johns Hopkins University, the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) is a global institution that offers students an international perspective on today's critical issues. For 75 years, Johns Hopkins SAIS has produced great leaders, thinkers, and practitioners of international relations. Public leaders and private sector executives alike seek the counsel of the faculty, whose ideas and research inform and shape policy. Johns Hopkins SAIS offers a global perspective across three campus locations: Bologna, Italy; Nanjing, China; and Washington, D.C. The school's interdisciplinary curriculum is strongly rooted in the study of international economics, international relations, and regional studies, preparing students to address multifaceted challenges in the world today.
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