U.S. Department of State In

Rhode Island

United States Rhode Island

Partnerships

Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration

  • 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. – More: https://www.state.gov/bureaus-offices/under-secretary-for-civilian-security-democracy-and-human-rights/bureau-of-population-refugees-and-migration/ 

Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs

  • 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. – More: https://www.solarsister.org/blog/solar-sister-wins-womens-empowerment-fund-grant-from-the-global-alliance-for-clean-cookstoves 
  • Researchers from Brown University and the University of Rhode Island 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. – More: http://www.bsf.org.il/ 
  • A researcher from Brown University was awarded funds from the Indo-US Science and Technology Forum to conduct a workshop related to cooperation between the United States and India on mechanics and material interface. – More: https://www.iusstf.org/ 

Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs

  • INL has formally partnered with the Rhode Island Attorney General since 2013. In 2017, INL supported attorneys from the Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office to assist the Ministry of Justice in Armenia with revising its National Anti-Corruption Strategy. – More: http://www.riag.ri.gov/ 

Bureau of Political-Military Affairs

Travel and Security

Bureau of Consular Affairs

Bureau of Diplomatic Security

  • 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. – More: https://www.state.gov/bureaus-offices/under-secretary-for-management/bureau-of-diplomatic-security/ 

Jobs and Economy

Bureau of Political-Military Affairs

Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs

  • 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 $2.4 billion. Those exports supported approximately 9,977 Rhode Island jobs (2016) and foreign direct investment into Rhode Island supports an additional 26,500 jobs (2016). – More: https://www.trade.gov/mas/ian/statereports/states/ri.pdf 

Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs

Bureau of Global Talent Management

Bureau of Global Public Affairs

  • 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 3 active participants from the state of Rhode Island. – More: http://www.global.howard.edu/ralph-j-bunche/fellowship/ 

Education

Bureau of Global Talent Management

  • Diplomat-in-Residence (Philip Beekman): 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. – More: http://careers.state.gov/connect/dir 

Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

Bureau of Political-Military Affairs

Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs

  • Salve Regina University and Pontifica Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (Dominican Republic) organized a study abroad and service program that included elements of administration of justice, health care administration, nursing, and social work. The program also provided a minor in Spanish for Health and Service Professionals. 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. – More: https://www.100kstrongamericas.org/ 
  • The U.S. Fulbright Commission and the Peruvian Ministry of Education awarded scholarships to 30 Peruvians to travel to the United States to participate in different programs at 24 U.S. universities. One Fulbright graduate student is completing a five-year program studying economics at Brown University. – More: http://www.fulbright.pe/ 
  • Johnson and Wales University along with Universidad de Congreso (Argentina) and Regis College will develop a new, exchange program designed to address global health concerns. Through experiential and service-oriented community engagement activities, cultural experiences, industry-led trainings and faculty-led lectures in the U.S. and Argentina, students will explore the regional impact and issues surrounding health and nutrition that affect local populations, such as food availability, preparation, sanitation, and security. 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. – More: http://www.100kstrongamericas.org/ 

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