Education

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.

During the last school year 7,000 high school and college students participated in simulations and other educational programs, and 10,000 teachers were trained to give simulations in classrooms across America. Panel discussions and other presentations were held in the Founding Ambassadors Concourse Diplomacy Center.

In early April, the George C. Marshall Foundation, in partnership with the USDC, commemorated the 70th Anniversary of the signing of the Marshall Plan into law by President Truman at the Diplomacy Center. The program was in two parts: the first part featured remarks by Dr. Daniel Hamilton, the Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Professor at the School for Advanced International Studies, and Dr. Benn Steil, Director of International Economics at the Council on Foreign Relation and author of the recently published, The Marshall Plan: Dawn of the Cold War. After a brief reception, the program continued with a panel discussion on the benefits and challenges of the Marshall Plan. Panelist included His Excellency David O’Sullivan, European Union Ambassador to the United States; His Excellency Hendrik Schuwer, Dutch Ambassador to the United States; His Excellency Peter Wittig, German Ambassador to the United States, and Ambassador Thomas Pickering who served as moderator.

“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.