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Elevate and Empower: Black Diplomats Mentorship and Open House

We are thrilled to announce a series of exciting events taking place this November for the BDA program! From learning about career interests to getting 1:1 advice from important delegates, we are excited to aid in the continuous growth for students in this program! Here is a preview of what’s to come:


Black Diplomat’s Academy Mentorship Program


This past September we launched our highly anticipated Mentorship part of our curriculum for the 2023 cohort! This 12 week program will foster professional growth, enhance specific skills, and provide guidance and support by pairing mentees with experienced mentors who will help them navigate their career journey in the diplomat field while making and maintaining connections as well.


The BDA Mentorship program will include many important individuals in the diplomatic field who will help pave the way to success for our students. Such individuals include:

  • Sabine Nolke - Retired Ambassador to the Kingdom of the Netherlands; matched with Abigail Campbell and Edynne Grand-Pierre

  • Chase Kelliher - Junior Officer for Global Affairs Canada and BDA Alumna; matched with Bruce Ruzima

  • Honourable Senator Wanda Thomas Bernard, of Nova Scotia; matched with De’Ann Edwards

  • Dr. Gaynel Curry - Independent Expert Member of the UN Permanent Forum of People of African Descent; matched with Samukelisiwe Ngwenya


The program will run from September to December 2023, and will consist of a minimum of 1 hour weekly check-ins with the mentor and mentee to discuss career guidance, and support to build and expand the mentee’s professional network. Mentors and mentees will also focus on building professional relationships while also establishing and upholding the pillar of confidentiality and trust.


Black Diplomats Academy 4th: Cohort Open House

Applications for the 4th Cohort is officially open and we are excited to invite you to our open house for the Black Diplomats Academy! This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about our program, what it has to offer for career development in the diplomatic field, and how you can get involved!


This event promises to be an invaluable opportunity to discover what the Black Diplomats Academy has to offer for your career development in the diplomatic field and how you can become a part of this dynamic community.


Our Black Diplomats Academy is more than just an educational institution; it's a thriving community of aspiring diplomats, mentors, and professionals working collectively to foster diversity, equity, and inclusion within the world of diplomacy. This Open House Info Session is your chance to explore the possibilities it holds for you.


What to Expect:


1. Program Overview:

Our experienced faculty and current participants will provide a comprehensive overview of the Black Diplomats Academy, highlighting the program's mission, vision, and the skills it aims to cultivate in its students.


2. Success Stories:

Hear from past graduates and their journeys from the academy to successful careers in diplomacy. Learn how the program's unique approach has helped them achieve their goals.


3. Curriculum and Courses:

Get an in-depth look at the courses and modules we offer, designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills required for a thriving career in diplomacy.


4. Application Process:

We will provide a step-by-step guide on how to apply for the fourth cohort, including important deadlines and prerequisites.


5. Q&A Session:

We encourage you to bring your questions and concerns. Our team will be there to address them and provide personalized guidance.


At the Black Diplomats Academy, we believe that diversity in diplomacy is not just a goal, but a necessity. By fostering a community of Black diplomats and equipping them with the knowledge, skills, and connections they need, we are working towards a more inclusive and representative diplomatic world.


Whether you're a recent graduate, a mid-career professional seeking a change, or someone passionate about international relations, this Open House Info Session is a unique opportunity to explore your potential in the diplomatic field. We aim to empower, educate, and elevate the voices of Black diplomats, and we invite you to join us in this mission.


Remember, your path to diplomacy begins with a single step. Join us at the Black Diplomats Academy Open House Info Session and take that step toward a brighter future in international relations.


Date: November 18th

Time: 1PM - 2:30PM

Location: VIA Zoom




Apply today for the 4th Cohort of the Black Diplomats Academy here: https://forms.gle/vv9LPDHcRN7Zsxex6



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