As a part of our Affirmative Employment program, OCR developed the Diversity Recruitment Outreach program in January 1998. By participating in numerous job and career fairs around the country, we encourage minorities and women to think about USIA/Public Diplomacy career options and to take the Foreign Service examination. To this end, an OCR representative chaired a workshop in January at the Black Students Leadership Conference in Richmond, Virginia where one thousand Black student leaders from universities around the nation attended a career fair. OCR was also present in January at Howard University when the State Department's Diplomat-in-Residence and the head of the Ralph Bunche International Center hosted Ambassador Ruth Davis who spoke about foreign service careers to seniors, graduate students and university professors. Another January outreach effort took place at Clark Atlanta University's International Studies Department when an FSO from AR spoke seniors and graduate students.

In February, OCR was present at the Georgetown/Duke University Annual Career Fair, the University of Maryland's (College Park) Twenty-First Annual Multi-Ethnic Job and Career Fair, and the Annual Hispanic Career Fair (this was the second year that OCR participated in this event) of the National Association of Hispanic Publications which took place in Austin, Texas. At these events, OCR worked closely with the representatives from the State Department's Recruitment Office.

In April, OCR was present at NAFEO's (National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education) 23rd NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON BLACKS IN HIGHER EDUCATION which took place in Washington, D.C.

OCR wishes to thank several offices for their active involvement in this valuable program. USIA's Foreign Service Personnel Office pays travel expenses for its FSOS' participation in job and career fairs. The I Bureau, AR, EEN, and WEU have also graciously accorded time to FSOS who work with OCR on these programs. Thus far, we have received positive feedback about the Diversity Recruitment Outreach program which is expanding rapidly. Several students and young professionals attending job fairs in the last few months took the February Foreign Service exam.

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