Ambassadors share experiences with Lima students

LIMA — The two current ambassadors spoke to Lima City School students via Zoom Call on Wednesday morning.

Students from the Closing The Achievement Gap program at North Middle School, West Middle School, and Lima Senior listened to and asked two ambassadors working for the US State Department.

Ambassador Gina Abercrombie Winstanley, a 30-year diplomat, was the Department of State’s chief diversity and inclusion officer and the longest-serving US ambassador in the Republic of Malta.

Ambassador Dereck J. Hogan, a career member of the US Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is currently Deputy Assistant Secretary of the European Eurasian Affairs Bureau. Prior to that, he was the ambassador of the US Embassy in Moldova, and before that he was the Deputy Secretary-General of the US State Department. Hogan was previously Deputy Chief of Mission and Chargé d’Affaires at the US Embassy in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Abercrombie-Winstanley shared that being a US ambassador is sometimes an American representative to a country in question abroad.

“The most important thing we do is make friends for America,” she said. “It’s a short version of what it is, whether it’s dealing with political or economic issues, or taking care of American citizens and those who want to visit the United States.”

“The role of the ambassador sounds very complicated, but frankly, we just actually build the bridge,” Hogan added.

Both ambassadors encouraged students to explore opportunities with many organizations to experience life outside the United States in one of 194 foreign countries on the planet.

After sharing many experiences in foreign lands, the ambassador began calling for questions from students.

Zoom Call was initiated by Carlton McLellan, founder and senior associate of the South African organization and owner of Vibe Coffeehouse and Café, who was the moderator.

North Junior High School students will attend a zoom call with Ambassador Gina Aberklonby Winstanley on Wednesday.

Please contact Dean Brown at 567-242-0409.

Ambassadors share experiences with Lima students

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