Milwaukee, April 8-9 - On April 8, 2010, Dustin DeGrande, Vice Consul at the U.S. Consulate Kathmandu, Nepal met with a group of 40 students at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for a discussion about his career experiences in the Foreign Service and his travels around the world. Later that afternoon he met with 50 students at Marquette University for a discussion on the role of the State Department and his experiences in the Foreign Service. He also visited the International Institute of Wisconsin, where he worked from 2000 – 2001, for a discussion on his work with students and staff. On April 9, 2010, Dustin DeGrande traveled to Waukesha, Wisconsin and videotaped a message to Waukesha West High School on life as a Foreign Service Officer, traveling to numerous countries and the work of State Department.
Mr. DeGrande’s current duties include interviewing Nepalese applicants for visas and issuing passports to U.S. citizens, coordinating the Embassy’s response when U.S. citizens go missing, get injured or sick, are arrested, die, or need any other help while in Nepal. He also works with both Nepalese and U.S. communities to demystify the visa and immigration process and clarify the mission of the US Consular Section and Embassy in Nepal. In July, Mr. DeGrande will move to the Embassy’s Political and Economic Section to monitor and report on human rights and religious freedom, minority politics and conflict, youth, media, and economics.
Mr. DeGrande is a participant in the State Department’s Hometown Diplomat Program, a program which diplomats return to their hometowns during their home leave.