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Hispanic Heritage Month Symposium 2023

September 20, 2023

Learn More About Department Resources and Opportunities


HECFAA: Hispanic & Latin Employee Council of Foreign Affairs Agencies

The mission of the Hispanic and Latin Employee Council of Foreign Affairs Agencies (HECFAA) is to enhance awareness of Hispanic and Latina/o/e/x contributions in shaping U.S. foreign policy and to assist in the recruitment, retention, leadership development and promotion of Hispanic and Latina/o/e/x employees in the Department of State. HECFAA believes that having the Civil Service and Foreign Service be more representative of the United States enables the U.S. government to advance key foreign policy goals, such as respect for human and civil rights, as well as political, social and economic inclusion. By having a diverse workforce, we demonstrate to foreign audiences — in deed, not only in word — the promises of liberal democracy and equal opportunity. HECFAA was founded in 1982 and represents over 700 employees in Washington, domestic offices, and abroad. Be part of our HECFAA team in carrying out this vital mission.

Twitter – https://twitter.com/hecfaa 

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/hecfaa/?hl=en 

LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/hecfaa 

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/hecfaa.hecfaa/ 


GTM: Careers at the U.S. Department of State 

Discover opportunities that allow you to contribute your experiences, knowledge, and expertise to work on foreign policies, technology, security systems, buildings, and more, around the world.  Join the diplomatic workforce that reflects and represents America, one where diversity and inclusion make us stronger, smarter, more creative, and more innovative.  Help the United States gain a significant competitive advantage on the world stage.  Become a member of the U.S. Foreign Service, Civil Service, and internship/fellowships working in one of more than 270 U.S. Embassies or Consulates abroad or right here in the United States. Take a glimpse inside the careers at the U.S. Department of State today.

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Office of Accessibility and Accommodations (Disability and Reasonable Accommodations) 


Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA): Student Programs to Travel  Abroad 

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) works to build friendly, peaceful relations between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Our exchange programs engage youth, students, educators, artists, athletes, and rising leaders in the United States and more than 160 countries. In addition to exchange programs, ECA also administers a variety of other initiatives that support cultural understanding by protecting Cultural Heritage across the globe, and providing educational resources for people interested in learning about American culture and the English language. 


Fulbright Program

The Fulbright Program is the U.S. Government’s flagship international academic exchange program. Since 1946, Fulbright has provided more than 400,000 participants from more than 160 countries with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and find solutions to shared international concerns. Fulbrighters make meaningful connections in their host communities through projects and outreach activities that build mutual understanding.

The Fulbright Program has a longstanding commitment to diversity, working to ensure that participants reflect the United States and societies abroad. In partnership with the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), Fulbright promotes opportunities for students, faculty, and staff at Hispanic-Serving Institutions. 

Learn more about Fulbright at https://fulbrightprogram.org


Gilman Program: Study Abroad Scholarship for Pell Grant Recipients 

The U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad, providing them with skills critical to our national security and economic prosperity. To be eligible for the Gilman Program, applicants must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant during the time of application or provide proof that they will be receiving a Pell Grant during the term of their study abroad program or internship.

The program aims to encourage students to study and intern in a diverse array of countries or areas and world regions. The program encourages students to conduct STEM-related research abroad as part of their study abroad or international internship program. The program also encourages students to study languages (those deemed important to national security). Veterans of military service are encouraged to apply, and preference is given to veterans when other factors are equivalent. By supporting undergraduate students who have high financial need, the program has been successful in supporting students who have been historically underrepresented in education abroad, including but not limited to first-generation college students, ethnic minority students, students with disabilities, students attending HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) or other minority-serving institutions, students attending community colleges, rural students, and students coming from U.S. states with less study abroad participation.

Learn more about Gilman at https://www.gilmanscholarship.org/ 


Critical Language Scholarship Program 

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program partners with universities and nonprofits around the globe to provide cohorts of U.S. students an opportunity to study the language and culture in a country/location where the thirteen target languages are commonly spoken. The CLS Program, through its CLS Spark initiative, provides beginner-level virtual instruction for Arabic, Chinese, and Russian for competitively selected U.S. undergraduate students whose home campuses do not offer these languages.

The U.S. Department of State sponsors and oversees the CLS Program, including CLS Spark, as part of a larger U.S. government effort to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering foreign languages that are critical to our national security, economic prosperity, and engagement with the world. CLS provides opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the entire United States at every level of language learning. American Councils for International Education administers the CLS Program.

Learn more about CLS – https://clscholarship.org/ 


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