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Date: 11/05/2013 Description: Rhode Island state seal © Public Domain
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Two Pulitzer Prize winners from Rhode Island - Galway Kinnell (Pulitzer Prize for Poetry) and Martin Bernheimer (Pulitzer Prize for Criticism) – were participants in the prestigious Fulbright international educational exchange program. More»

For about a 1% investment of the Federal budget, the State Department yields a large return for the American people by advancing U.S. national security, promoting our economic interests, providing services, and reaffirming our country’s exceptional role in the world. Read on to learn how the work of the Department benefits this state’s residents.

Rhode Island

  • Jobs and Diplomacy

    • In partnership with agencies across the federal government, the Department of State advances U.S. trade policy objectives by opening new export opportunities for American businesses and workers through trade initiatives. Of the 1,790 Rhode Island exporters in 2013, 88% were small- and medium-sized enterprises. In 2014, Rhode Island exports totaled $2.4 billion. Those exports supported 13,459 U.S. jobs. (EB) More»

    • The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs contributed $1 million to Bristol-based Solar Sister, a program connected to the Partnership on Women's Entrepreneurship in Renewables (wPOWER). The program contributes to wPOWER’s goal of building an Africa-wide network of women entrepreneurs by providing training and entrepreneurship opportunities in sales and distribution of small-scale clean energy technologies. (OES)

    • Rhode Island hosted foreign physicians, teachers, camp counselors, au pairs and others as part of work and study-based international exchange visitor programs. (ECA) More»

    • Click here for more information about Department career recruitment events in Rhode Island. (HR)

  • Education

    • 29 Scholars, Students and Teachers from Rhode Island were awarded Fulbright Scholarships. (ECA) More»

    • Diplomat-in-Residence (Jon Danilowicz): Diplomats in Residence (DIRs) are career Foreign Service Officers located throughout the U.S. who provide guidance and advice to students, professionals and the community about Department careers. (HR) More»

    • Academic partnership in electrical engineering between Brown University and the University of Johannesburg in South Africa. Partnerships with universities abroad help U.S. institutions strengthen their programs, promote opportunities for students and faculty and enhance their global presence. (AF) More»

    • 66 exchange visitors from overseas visited Rhode Island and 45 Rhode Island residents travelled overseas as part of the Department’s educational and cultural exchange funded programs. (ECA) More»

    • 57 Brazilian students attended Brown University, Salve Regina University and the University of Rhode Island through the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program. This program is funded by the Brazilian government and the private sector and sends 101,000 Brazilian university students of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to study and conduct research abroad. The U.S. is a priority destination for scholarship recipients, and the program strengthens U.S. and Brazilian institutional partnerships, develops a workforce prepared for 21st century opportunities, and contributes to long-term economic growth for both countries. (WHA) More»

    • Johnson and Wales University attended an International Virtual College Fair hosted by the Department of State in 2013 to celebrate International Education Week and the $29 billion international student industry in the United States. The event featured colleges and universities from across the United States and had more than 22,000 potential students from 206 countries in attendance that completed nearly 55,000 visits to the virtual university booths. (IIP) More»

  • Partnerships

    • Rhode Island hosted 186 students from allied and friendly nations for International Military Education and Training. (PM) More»

    • Refugee Arrivals in 2015: 145. The Department works with nine domestic nongovernmental organizations, which place refugees in over 300 affiliated offices in roughly 180 communities around the country. These local offices work closely with community partners, congregations, volunteers, and state and local officials to provide a successful start for refugees rebuilding their lives. Refugee communities have historically enhanced the economic dynamism and cultural vitality of our nation. Refugees contribute to the United States in numerous ways, including by starting businesses and joining the U.S. military. (PRM) More»

    • The Department facilitates the Rhode Island National Guard State Partnership Program with the Bahamas founded in 2005. (PM) More»

    • The Middle East Partnership Initiative provided more than $202,000 to bring undergraduate students from the Middle East and North Africa to Roger Williams University for the Student Leaders Program, which aims to develop leadership skills and expand understanding of U.S. civil society and democratic processes that students can apply in their home countries. (NEA/MEPIMore»

    • The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) partnered with the Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office to deploy two prosecutors to Kyiv, Ukraine to mentor and advise Ukraine’s Office of the Inspector General. (INL) More»

    • $750,000 was awarded to Plan International USA in Rhode Island to build the capacity of trafficking-affected communities and local governments in Senegal to prevent and respond to trafficking of children. (J/TIP) More»

  • Travel and Security

    • Total Passports Issued in Fiscal Year 2015: 50,704. (CA) More»

    • 21 Passport Application Acceptance Facilities. (CA) More»

    • Number of overseas adoptions for Rhode Island families in Fiscal Year 2014: 8. The Office of Children's Issues plays an active role in the intercountry adoption process. Its work is dedicated to assisting parents as they seek to provide a home to orphans abroad. (CA) More»

    • Diplomatic Security Boston Field Office serves Rhode Island: Diplomatic Security has offices throughout the United States staffed with special agents and contract investigators, who conduct criminal, counterterrorism and background investigations. Agents assigned to field and resident offices assist in providing support to the protection of the Secretary of State, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and visiting foreign dignitaries. Liaison with federal and local law enforcement, foreign mission personnel, local officials, and the private sector complements their major responsibilities. (DS) More»


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