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U.S. Foreign Service professionals from dozens of countries visit Loyola

March 28, 2013

Twenty-five members of the current training class of U.S. Foreign Service Nationals—locally hired professional staff at U.S. embassies and consulates around the world—spent a day on the Loyola University New Orleans campus recently.

The visit was requested by the New Orleans Citizen Diplomacy Council, a nonprofit that arranges events for more than 500 international leaders sent to the Crescent City each year from the U.S. State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program and other government and private agencies.

The members of the class included those from China, Estonia, India, Iraq, Japan, Malawi, Niger, Senegal, Tajikistan, United Arab Emirates, Zambia and more than a dozen others. The visitor from Qatar, Lutfi Al Mushrqui, said he was especially moved by the sign posted over the elevators on the first floor of the J. Edgar and Louise S. Monroe Library thanking the people of his country for their support after Hurricane Katrina.

Loyola Associate Professor S.L. Alexander, Ph.D., hosted the visit, which in addition to her discussion of freedom of the press and access to government, included a talk by Loyola mass communication professor David Myers, Ph.D., on the impact of social media, and a tour of The Maroon student newspaper and comments by Loyola instructor and senior media adviser Mike Giusti, ’00, MBA ‘12.

Previous New Orleans Citizen Diplomacy Council visits hosted by Alexander at Loyola include groups from Africa, Asia, Europe and South America.

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