The Heroes of U.S. Diplomacy initiative tells the stories of the U.S. Department of State’s modern-day heroes among us and heroes from throughout our rich history. The following videos are full-length recordings of Heroes of U.S. Diplomacy events — featuring panel discussions, interviews with honorees, and complete remarks — at the Department of State in Washington, D.C. Learn more about these Heroes Among Us and Heroes From Our Past.
During her distinguished 29-year career, Patti Morton made historic contributions to the Department’s approach in emergency preparedness during the Vietnam War, launched the Department’s first personal defense security trainings, and was one of the early advocates for diversity recruitment and hiring.
Dr. Bunche was a pioneering academic and diplomat who shaped some of the most remarkable moments in 20th century history. He worked at the Department of State as the first African American Desk Officer, before helping to establish the United Nations and joining its staff in 1946. In 1950, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work negotiating a cease-fire between the new state of Israel and Arab nations in the region.
Robert “Bob” Hopkins: “How a Hero of U.S. Diplomacy Supported the Department’s Post-Disaster Response” (11/20/19):
Bob is recognized for bravely leading rescue missions at several foreign consulates in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina, as well as the invaluable role he’s played during multiple large-scale crises, where he liaises with local authorities, disaster response, foreign national victims and foreign consulates.
U.S. Diplomats During World War I: “In the Diplomatic Trenches: Department Heroes Alleviate Suffering During World War I” (10/29/19):
Scholars from the Office of the Historian share the history behind the heroic efforts of diplomatic officers and U.S. consuls during World War I, including how they assisted over 100,000 American citizens return home, facilitated U.S. efforts to care for wounded soldiers, looked after Prisoners of War, and oversaw massive relief initiatives to help civilians.
Lizzie is honored as the inaugural Heroes of U.S. Diplomacy selectee for her actions following the embassy bombings in Dar es Salaam and Nairobi in 1998 as she helped re-build the communications systems for both embassies, as well as for the professional values she has modeled throughout her career.