The United States Diplomacy Center encourages exploration of American diplomacy. It will have static and interactive exhibits and programs that will invite visitors to discover the history of American diplomacy and how it affects every American every day.

United States Diplomacy Center programs are developed to broaden high school and college students understanding of the importance of American diplomacy as an indispensable tool of our national security. These educational programs will take place at the Diplomacy Center in Washington, DC, and across the country.

The inaugural John Whitehead Conference, underwritten by Carnegie Corporation of New York, was held on Wednesday, October 26, 2017 at the Department of State. Over 200 students from the DC area and across the nation attended the all-day Conference that featured a video welcome from the Secretary of State, speeches by Ambassador William Burns of Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and Dr. Vartan Gregorian of CCNY, a panel discussion, engaging lunch conversations, simulations and plenaries.

“It [is], thus, with gratitude and great respect that this conference is convened in the name of John C. Whitehead. John would be especially pleased that the principal beneficiaries of this event are students, who, of course, represent the hope and promise of the future.”

– Dr. Vartan Gregorian, President, Carnegie Corporation of New York

Students engaging in discussions during a United States Diplomacy Center diplomatic simulation on nuclear non-proliferation as part of the Sister Cities National Conference.

Education Gallery

Ambassador William Burns, President and CEO of Carnegie Endowment for International Peace addresses the Discover Diplomacy Whitehead Conference on October 26, 2016.
Participants at the John C. Whitehead Student Conference listen to the "Diplomacy Dugout: Who is on the U.S. Government's Foreign Policy Team" discussion panel.
Dr. Vartan Gregorian, President, Carnegie Corporation of New York.
Ambassador J. Stapleton Roy (ret.) speaks with students during lunch at the John C. Whitehead Student Conference.