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Upon arrival in Washington the Delegation was received and warmly welcomed by the Austrian Minister, Deputy Chief of Mission Andreas Riecken and Alice Irvin, Director of the Press and Information Service at the Austrian Embassy in Washington DC.
Over 15 US leading Diversity Think Tanks and executives based in DC and New York, including Sherry Snipes (AIA), Christian Baldia (Constellation SAS), Liz Mcgillivray (ORC), Tanya Odom (The future of work) joined the Austrian delegation at the Embassy for two sessions of highly reflective exchanges of experiences, good practices, challenges and trends of Diversity and Inclusion from a European/Austrian and American perspectives.
Both groups acknowledged the importance of such exchanges and the enormous learning process it offers. Both groups agreed on the different approaches of D&I between Europe/Austria and the US. Meetings such as ours offer great learning opportunities for both contexts. It was therefore agreed that these round of exchanges need to be continued.
The Austrian Embassy in DC showed great interest in facilitating future Think Tank exchanges. Achaleke, initiator and leader of the delegation committed herself to making sure that this kind of exchanges become an integral part of WDLS-EU and that future Think Tank meetings reach out to many more communities.
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Today, Thursday morning the delegation members will meeting Congressman Hastings in Capitol for further exchanges. Congressman Hastings represents his native state of Florida by serving as Congressman for District 23, which includes parts of Broward, Palm Beach, Hendry, Martin, and St. Lucie Counties. Among Congress’ most respected voices in international affairs, Congressman Hastings is the Co-Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe. Commonly referred to as the Helsinki Commission, this independent U.S. government agency was created in 1976 to monitor and encourage compliance with the landmark human rights and democracy-building treaty signed in Finland the previous year. In 2007, Congressman Hastings became the first African-American to chair the Commission and continues his work in the areas of human rights, economic development and parliamentary diplomacy.
Thereafter Achaleke is very much looking forward to taking part in talks at the Howard University DC, the first ever Black University in DC.
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