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  • Under the U.S. Department of State’s U.S. Speaker Program, Alice Loy, co-founder of Creative Startups, a business incubator, licensed the company’s creative accelerator business model to an incubator in Angra do Heroismo, Portugal as a follow-up to her program. This relationship led to the 2017 launch of a local Portuguese innovation center and incubator, StartUp Angra. Additionally, Creative Startups’ licensing of their methodology allowed them to export American innovation and created new jobs in New Mexico. (Source: Bureau of International Information Programs) New Mexico hosted 1,332 foreign physicians, teachers, camp counselors, au pairs and others as part of work and study-based Exchange Visitor Program. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) – More: https://j1visa.state.gov/basics/facts-and-figures/ 
  • The Department of State, in partnership with agencies across the federal government, creates jobs for American workers by opening markets and eliminating trade barriers overseas and by attracting foreign direct investment to the United States. In 2018, goods exported totaled $3.6 billion. Those exports supported approximately 14,958 New Mexican jobs (2016) and foreign direct investment into New Mexico supports an additional 18,000 jobs (2016). (Source: Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs) – More: https://www.trade.gov/mas/ian/statereports/states/nm.pdf 
  • The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs advocates in meetings of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) for conservation of pollinators, which contribute $24 billion to the national economy and $171 million to the economy of the state of New Mexico for alfalfa – vital to the production of cattle for beef and dairy – and tens of millions more for other agricultural products like peppers and cotton. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) – More: https://www.nass.usda.gov/Quick_Stats/Ag_Overview/stateOverview.php?state=new%20mexico&year=2017 
  • In FY17, New Mexico-based companies received approval to export $3,125,953 worth of defense articles and services licensed by the Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls. (Source: Bureau of Political-Military Affairs) – More: https://www.state.gov/bureaus-offices/under-secretary-for-arms-control-and-international-security-affairs/bureau-of-political-military-affairs/ 
  • U.S. Department of State contributed $620,200 to Los Alamos, New Mexico for implementation of the Partnership for Nuclear Security Program, which promotes cooperative partnerships between the U.S. and international institutions on the peaceful use of nuclear energy. (Source: Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation) – More: https://www.state.gov/bureaus-offices/under-secretary-for-arms-control-and-international-security-affairs/bureau-of-international-security-and-nonproliferation/ 
  • Support, in the amount of $1,286,066, was provided to Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico Institute for Mining and Technology, and Aquila Technologies from the Department of State to invest in the U.S. Program of Technical Assistance to International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Safeguards which funds the U.S. Support Program and provides budgetary assistance for peaceful nuclear research and development projects on technical safeguards. (Source: Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation) – More: https://www.state.gov/bureaus-offices/under-secretary-for-arms-control-and-international-security-affairs/bureau-of-international-security-and-nonproliferation/ 
  • Information about Department career recruitment events in New Mexico. (Source: Bureau of Human Resources) – More: http://careers.state.gov/engage/events 
  • The Thomas R. Pickering and Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship Programs encourage applications from minority groups historically underrepresented in the U.S. Foreign Service, women, and those with financial need. Each fellowship provides financial assistance towards the completion of a two year master’s degree in a field related to the Foreign Service, academic funding, mentorship and two internships – one in the U.S. and the other abroad at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Fellows commit to a minimum of five years in the Foreign Service. Currently, there are 7 active participants from the state of New Mexico. – More: http://www.global.howard.edu/ralph-j-bunche/fellowship/ 

Education

  • Diplomat-in-Residence (Kenneth Chavez): Diplomats in Residence (DIRs) are career Foreign Service Officers or Specialists located throughout the U.S. who provide guidance and advice to students, professionals and the community about Department careers. (Source: Bureau of Human Resources) – More: http://careers.state.gov/connect/dir 
  • 1 Scholar, Student or Teacher from New Mexico was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, and 9 international students received a Fulbright to study in New Mexico. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) 11 students from New Mexico received Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships, awarded to students of limited financial means. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) – More: https://www.iie.org/Programs/Gilman-Scholarship-Program 
  • 3,426 international higher education students studied abroad in New Mexico. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) – More: https://educationusa.state.gov/ 
  • 536 exchange visitors from overseas visited New Mexico and 61 New Mexico residents travelled overseas as part of the Department’s educational and cultural exchange funded programs. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) https://exchanges.state.gov/ University of New Mexico is a member of the Bureau of International Narcotic and Law Enforcement Affairs supported Consortium of Universities for Drug Demand Reduction. ICUDDR facilitates networking among universities to promote high quality education and training in the field of addiction prevention, treatment and public health interventions. It also pursues related applied addictions research, outreach and advocacy. (Source: Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs)
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory received $935,339 to organize and conduct two Nondestructive Assay Inspector Training Courses and an Advanced Plutonium Verification Techniques Inspector Training Course for international experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency. These training courses provided and reinforced skills required to conduct international nuclear safeguards inspections. (Source: Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation) – More: https://www.state.gov/bureaus-offices/under-secretary-for-arms-control-and-international-security-affairs/bureau-of-international-security-and-nonproliferation/ 
  • In 2015, U.S. Embassy Buenos Aires, along with the binational U.S.-Argentina Fulbright Commission, launched the Friends of Fulbright Undergraduate Student Exchange Program. This Public-Private Partnership sent 50 undergraduate students to study in the United States for six weeks in 2016. Another 145 students traveled in 2017, and there were 289 students in the 2018 cohort. Sixteen students in the 2017-2018 cohort studied at the University of New Mexico. (Source: Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs) – More: https://ar.usembassy.gov/education-culture/programs/friends-of-fulbright/ 
  • In an effort to increase the opportunities available to underserved students, U.S. Mission Mexico has issued grants to The University of New Mexico at Albuquerque to host a four-week program to 15 top indigenous undergraduate Mexican students each year since 2015. The Spanish-language program focuses on community identity and leadership and seeks to strengthen the participants’ leadership skills and understanding of how tribal, state, and federal agencies interact; to learn about the role of the State’s Congress; and to give them the opportunity to meet with peers and indigenous groups in the United States. (Source: Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs) – More: https://mx.usembassy.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2017/03/ConvocatoriaSeminarioIdentidadyLiderazgoComunitario2017.pdf 
  • University of New Mexico and the Universidad Nacional de la Plata (Argentina) will collaborate to enable students and faculty from each university to travel to the partner university to study renewable energy via lithium batteries and smart grid technology. This program will provide students with a dynamic, intensive international experience in peace engineering while also serving to deepen the relationship between faculty members at both universities. These new connections are expected to lead to the creation of joint and/or dual degree masters and doctoral programs between the two institutions. These exchanges were part of the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund, the dynamic public/private sector collaboration between the U.S. Department of State, Embassies, NGOs, companies, and foundations that inspires U.S. universities and colleges in the United States to team up with higher education institutions in the rest of the Western Hemisphere region. (Source: Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs) – More: http://www.100kstrongamericas.org/ 
  • Central New Mexico Community College and SENA Centro de Servicios y Gestión Empresarial in Colombia partnered to create reciprocal student exchange programs that prepared participants for the Cisco Certified Network Associate exam, benefitting U.S. and Colombian students seeking to improve their business and social skills. These exchanges were part of the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund, the dynamic public/private sector collaboration between the U.S. Department of State, Embassies, NGOs, companies, and foundations that inspires U.S. universities and colleges in the United States to team up with higher education institutions in the rest of the Western Hemisphere region. (Source: Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs) – More: http://www.100kstrongamericas.org/ 

Partnerships

  • The Department of State facilitates the New Mexico National Guard’s State Partnership Program with Costa Rica, founded in 2006. (Source: Bureau of Political-Military Affairs) – More: http://www.nationalguard.mil/Leadership/Joint-Staff/J-5/International-Affairs-Division/State-Partnership-Program/ 
  • University of New Mexico is part of the Diplomacy Lab network led by the Office of Global Partnerships. Diplomacy Lab is a public-private partnership that enables the State Department to "course-source" research and innovation related to foreign policy challenges by harnessing the efforts of students and faculty experts at universities across the country. (Source: Office of Global Partnerships) – More: http://diplomacylab.org/ 
  • The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES), through collaboration with the U.S. Forest Service and DNA4Technologies, supports New Mexico State University in the development of methods to extract, isolate, and analyze DNA of wood from commercially-traded species. These techniques aim to aid customs and law enforcement authorities and the private sector with a reliable means to identify wood species in trade and prevent illegal forest products from entering U.S. supply chains. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) – More: https://www.state.gov/bureaus-offices/under-secretary-for-economic-growth-energy-and-the-environment/bureau-of-oceans-and-international-environmental-and-scientific-affairs/ 
  • Under the U.S.-Brazil Forum on Innovative Forest Investments in 2019 we plan to do a deep dive examination of the El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico and the Santa Fe National Forest in New Mexico. The workshop will focus on identifying opportunities to further enhance public and private investment into these key national forests. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) – More: https://www.state.gov/bureaus-offices/under-secretary-for-economic-growth-energy-and-the-environment/bureau-of-oceans-and-international-environmental-and-scientific-affairs/ 
  • Researchers from Sandia National Laboratories received funding from the Pakistan-U.S. Science and Technology Cooperation program, which seeks to facilitate scientific cooperation between scientists in the two countries, thus benefiting U.S.-based researchers in selected areas. The researchers worked with their Pakistani counterparts to submit a joint project proposal that was merit reviewed by representatives from both countries and selected for funding. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) – More: http://sites.nationalacademies.org/pga/pakistan/index.htm 
  • Researchers from Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico State University, and the University of New Mexico received grants from the OES-supported U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF) for joint research projects with Israeli scientists. Selected through a peer-reviewed process, the BSF research funding advances our bilateral relationship and shared scientific priorities. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) – More: http://www.bsf.org.il/ 
  • The Department works with nine domestic non-governmental organizations, which place refugees with more than 325 affiliates in roughly 190 communities around the country. These local affiliates 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. This program helps the world’s most vulnerable refugees find permanent homes, and it demonstrates the immense generosity of the American people. (Source: Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration) – More: https://www.state.gov/bureaus-offices/under-secretary-for-civilian-security-democracy-and-human-rights/bureau-of-population-refugees-and-migration/ 
  • Under the U.S. Department of State’s U.S. Speaker Program, Alice Loy, co-founder of Creative Startups, a business incubator, licensed the company’s creative accelerator business model to an incubator in Angra do Heroismo, Portugal as a follow-up to her program. This relationship led to the 2017 launch of a local Portuguese innovation center and incubator, StartUp Angra. Additionally, Creative Startups’ licensing of their methodology allowed them to export American innovation and created new jobs in New Mexico. (Source: Bureau of International Information Programs) 2,150 New Mexico residents hosted or supported 666 International Visitor Leadership Program participants who visited the state, volunteering a total of 25,552 hours of service. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) – More: https://eca.state.gov/ivlp 
  • 12 emerging leaders studied or participated in a fellowship in New Mexico on one of the Young Leaders Initiatives. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) – More: https://exchanges.state.gov 

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