The Ph.D. Program in History

at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York

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September 22 – September 27 Invitation to Meet with Representatives of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of African Affairs

Invitation to meet with representatives of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of African Affairs

September 22 – September 27, 2019

Dear Students/Faculty:

For a week in September during the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), the world’s leaders and much of its media will gather in New York City to discuss the most pressing issues affecting the globe.  Representatives of the Bureau of African Affairs will be in New York for high-level meetings with African leaders.  They will also have a chance to meet with students, faculty and representative of the African and African American diaspora to discuss the important work being done in the region, noting our commitment to strengthen our relationships on the continent through direct diplomacy and dialogue.   These State Department officials will discuss what has been accomplished over the past year, while underscoring the current Administration’s dedication to working with Africa on improving democracy and governance, economic opportunity, regional security, and humanitarian crises.  We want to hear from you!


Why are we doing this? Being in New York provides the opportunity to engage with a number of African Diaspora communities and businesses universities.  Diaspora organizations communicate with hard-to-reach audiences in their countries of origin and can serve as advisors, key influencers, and outside validators for our messages. Diasporic social media audiences and key influencers online offer authoritative voices capable of penetrating the restricted media environments in their former homelands and can assist in amplifying our policy to skeptical foreign publics.


  • Faculty: If you are interested in having a State Department Official from the Bureau of African Affairs come to class for a panel like discussion or policy briefing please suggest a date and a time.
  • Students/Diaspora organizations:  If you want to meet with a representative and want to discuss key policy issues over coffee, please provide a date and time.