members and administrators who counsel students on international
affairs issues at Historically Black Colleges and Universities
attended the inaugural gathering for such officials at Howard
on March 1, 2002.
The Conference for Foreign Affairs Advisors was the first
formal program to be held under the initiative facilitated
by the advocacy of Congressman Charles Rangel, according to
Ambassador H. G. Dawson Jr., conference director. "This
program, named for the Congressman, has been launched to promote
greater interest in international affairs among our students,"
Dawson said, "and to enhance diversity in the diplomatic
service of the United States."
Toward this end, Howard and the State Department are operating
"Principles of Cooperation" which are now funded
by the Congress with a beginning appropriation of $1 million.
In addition, the MacArthur Foundation has awarded HU a grant
of $1 million to support these efforts.
Mr. George Dalley, representing
the Office of
Congressman Rangel; and Ambassador George E. Moose, representing
the State Department and the Bunche Center, were luncheon
speakers at the day-long event.
A panel discussion, "Diplomatic Readiness and Diplomats
in Residence: Implementing the Vision," followed, with
representatives from the State Department highlighting the
importance of the initiative and discussing the supporting
role of State Department officers in residence at universities
President H. Patrick Swygert welcomed the visitors at the
session chaired by HU DIR Ms. June Carter Perry, and featuring
Niels Marquardt, coordinator of the Diplomatic Readiness Task
Force; David Dlouhy, State Special Advisor; Dudley Sims, DIR
at Morehouse College, and Kitty Ellison, Director of the Workshop
Bunche Center Associate Director, Kali Jones, chaired the
panel in which representatives shared information on international
affairs programs at their institutions, including Florida
A&M, Dr. Rose Glee; Georgetown University, Dr. Mary Gawronski;
Jackson State University, Dr. Ally Mack; George Washington University, Ambassador
Ronald Palmer; and Clark Atlanta University, Dr. Herschelle
Another session highlighting related programs, included presentation
from Peace Corps, the Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellows Program,
USAID, Fulbright, private business, and the Institute for
International Public Policy. Bunche Center Deputy Director
Dr. Harold A. Scott chaired this session.
Attending the inaugural gathering were representatives from
Florida A&M, St. Augustines College, Mississippi
Valley State University, University of the Virgin Islands,
Morehouse College, Jackson State University, City College
of New York, Norfolk State University, Bowie State University,
Bethune-Cookman College, Savannah State University, Tougaloo
College, Clark Atlanta University, Rust College, Southern
University, Morgan State University, N. C. Central University,
Lincoln University, Johnson C. Smith University, and Howard.