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  • University of Oklahoma 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 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/ 
  • 727 Oklahoma residents hosted or supported 384 International Visitor Leadership Program participants who visited the state, volunteering a total of 13,174 hours of service. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) More: https://eca.state.gov/ivlp 
  • 26 emerging leaders studied or participated in a fellowship in Oklahoma on one of the Young Leaders Initiatives. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) More: https://exchanges.state.gov/ 
  • The Department of State facilitates the Oklahoma National Guard’s State Partnership Program with Azerbaijan founded in 2002. (Source: Bureau of Political-Military Affairs) More: http://www.nationalguard.mil/Leadership/Joint-Staff/J-5/International-Affairs-Division/State-Partnership-Program/ 

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  • In FY17, Oklahoma-based companies received approval to export $39,600,552 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/ 
  • Oklahoma hosted 1,618 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 $6.1 billion. Those exports supported approximately 28,292 Oklahoman jobs (2016) and foreign direct investment into Oklahoma supports an additional 51,800 jobs (2016). (Source: Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs) More: https://www.trade.gov/mas/ian/statereports/states/ok.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 $362 million to the economy of the state of Oklahoma for cotton and another $109 million for alfalfa – vital to the production of cattle for beef and dairy. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) More: https://www.nass.usda.gov/Quick_Stats/Ag_Overview/stateOverview.php?state=oklahoma&year=2017 
  • Information about Department career recruitment events in Oklahoma. (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 12 active participants from the state of Oklahoma. More: http://www.global.howard.edu/ralph-j-bunche/fellowship/ 


  • Diplomat-in-Residence (Kristin Stewart): 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 
  • 10 Scholars, Students and Teachers from Oklahoma were awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, and 31 international students received a Fulbright to study in Oklahoma. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) More: https://eca.state.gov/fulbright 
  • 13 students from Oklahoma 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 
  • 8,945 international higher education students studied abroad in Oklahoma. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) More: https://educationusa.state.gov/ 
  • 334 exchange visitors from overseas visited Oklahoma and 68 Oklahoma residents travelled overseas as part of the Department’s educational and cultural exchange funded programs. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) More: https://exchanges.state.gov/ 
  • U.S. Embassy Tbilisi Civic and Tech through English Language (CTEL) Program - two American Integrated Teaching Specialists from Oklahoma and California worked in the Samtskhe-Javakheti and Shida Kartli regions through the "Civic and Tech through English Language (CTEL) Program." (Source: Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs) More: https://ge.usembassy.gov/education-culture/grant-programs/civic-tech_english/?_ga=2.146053940.1632789420.1549291741-693346044.1549291741 
  • The Department of State's International Military Education and Training (IMET) program funds the education and training of international military students at the Artillery School and the Air Defense School located at Fort Sill. These training programs provide foreign students exposure to the culture and history of the United States and the State of Oklahoma while also supporting the local economy. (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/ 
  • The University of Tulsa and Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (Brazil) are carrying out an innovative model for engaging U.S. STEM students with study abroad in Brazil and to provide an introduction to energy related geology, geophysics, and Portuguese language. The program is the first of a five-year initiative to deepen and broaden collaborative activities in Brazil. This partnership is 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: https://www.100kstrongamericas.org/ 

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