Secretary of State Colin Powell and
DIR June Carter Perry
For the past year, Academic 2001- 02, Ms. June Carter Perry,
a senior Foreign Service Officer in the U.S. Department of
State, has been serving as Diplomat in Residence at Howard
Ambassador Horace G. Dawson Jr., director of the Ralph J.
Bunche International Affairs Center, where the DIR program
is based, says Ms. Perry is doing "a phenomenal job"
for both the Department of State and Howard. "She is
a model diplomat, an individual of vision, capability, and
There is no wonder, Dawson said, that the DIR at Howard recently
won the newly created title "Diplomat in
Residence of the Year" in State Department competition.
Since her arrival last August, Dawson commented, "Ms.
Perry has become one of the most widely known people on campus;
and this is because of her interaction with faculty as well
as administrators, but most of all, because of her extraordinary
work among Howard University students."
She has lectured on international issues and on the Foreign
Service in various departments, colleges, and schools; given
talks before small groups, "but mainly," Dawson
continues, "she counsels students; she is never too busy
For lectures, counsel, and assistance of various kinds, her
range has included the honors program, the schools of business
and communication, the departments of English and history,
and myriad programs in the Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs
Ms. Perry conducted numerous "roundtables" and
"brown bag lunches" involving students, faculty,
and diplomatic representatives on topics ranging from elections
in Madagascar to challenges to women and families living abroad.
She initiated "prep" sessions for Howardites taking
Foreign Service exams and for large numbers of non-HU "takers"
from different parts of the US.
Following up on the "Principles of Cooperation,"
the DIR arranged with the Department of English for the development
by Kitty Ellison of a Writers Workshop, the module from which
are now being used by all 12 diplomats in residence to improve
the performance of potential FS exam takers.
Largely due to her encouragement and coaching, a record number
of well over 100 HU students and alums took the FS examinations
in 2001-02. Five of the "passers" have already become
Foreign Service Officers, a record for HU and the nation.
Another five HU students, two grads and three undergrads,
were selected as Pickering Fellows during the year, also a
Named Visiting Fellow by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation in
Princeton, Ms. Perry served on the 2002 national selection
board for the Foundation.
As a graduate student at the University of Chicago, Ms. Perry
was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow; she received a few years ago
a distinguished alumna award from her undergraduate alma mater,
Loyola University Chicago. She regards her work at Howard