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Students met with deputy director at state department

June 27, 2013

Over the past three school years, the Society of Global Health Researchers in Action has hosted U.S. State Department speakers, foreign diplomats and ambassadors.

During the 2012-13 academic year, the leaders of SOGHR were invited to the U.S. State Department headquarters on C Street in Washington, DC.

With financial support of CSU's Office of Service-Learning in The Institute for Learninng and Teaching and the Office of the Executive Vice President, six members of SOGHR traveled to Washington, DC for three days during Memorial Day week. Not wishing to waste a single moment of a great opportunity, the delegation of Elizabeth Heitt, Amber Numamoto, Kiera Jackson, Kara English, Nicole Abernathy and Phoenix Mourning-Star quickly embarked on a professional networking campaign, securing meetings with agencies like:

  • Congressional Research Service;
  • Sierra Club;
  • Colorado Senator Benett's office;
  • US Agency for International Development;
  • US Department of State;
  • US Environmental Protection Agency’s National Center for Environmental Research;
  • The George Washington University Elliott School for International Affairs;
  • US Department of Agriculture.

In each meeting, the agencies provided an in-depth presentation of their mission and how their work is impacted by current events of the recent elections, the sequester, changes in state department leadership, energy and international developments in Libya, Syria and North Korea. As part of the discussions, the CSU students followed up the presentations with questions and were later extended a special invitation to sit in on the State Department Press Briefing.

The Ram Network in DC

Besides engaging the political machine in the nation’s capital, the leaders of the Society of Global Health Researchers in Action contacted the CSU Alumni Network and hosted a happy hour in DC where they put their networking skills to the test meeting and connecting with fellow Rams who live, work and play in the Beltway.

SOGHR preparing for 2013-2014

Before returning from Washington, DC, SOGHR began planning for the 2013-2014 school year. Along with their yearly activities hosting state department diplomats, organizing the United Nation’s World Water Day, tutoring the Foreign Service Officer Test and engaging in outreach locally and internationally, SOGHR is recruiting new members to help plan next year’s DC trip and a similar endeavor in London in 2014.

Contact: Elizabeth Hiett
Phone: (303) 522-1537