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The State Department & Racial Equity
Desiree Cormier Smith, Senior Advisor in the Bureau of International Organizational Affairs, and Maryum Saifee, Senior Advisor in the Secretary of State's Office of Diversity and Inclusion will discuss racial equity and the State Department will discuss racial equity at the State Department. The program will be moderated by longtime member and friend of the Council, Western New England School of Law Professor Matthew Charity.

Dec 1, 2021 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Desirée Cormier Smith
Senior Advisor in the Bureau of International Organization Affairs @US Department of State
Ms. Cormier began her career as a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State with assignments in Mexico, South Africa, and Washington, D.C. Ms. Cormier is the recipient of four Department of State Meritorious Honor Awards and the Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Undergraduate Fellowship. She is an alumnus of the International Career Advancement Program and is a member of the 2019 class of Next Generation National Security Leaders Fellowship at the Center for a New American Security. She was honored by New America as a 2020 Black American National Security and Foreign Policy Next Generation Leader and is a 2020 alumnus of the New Leadership Council Washington, DC chapter.
Maryum Saifee
Senior Advisor, the Secretary’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion @US Department of State
Maryum Saifee started her Foreign Service career in Cairo during the early days of the 2011 uprising. She later served in Baghdad and Erbil, as well as most recently as spokesperson at the U.S. Consulate in Lahore. In Washington, she has worked as a policy advisor in the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues, Office of Religion and Global Affairs, and the Bureau of International Organization Affairs. Prior to the State Department, she was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Jordan and an AmeriCorps Volunteer in Seattle. She has consulted for the Ford Foundation, Acumen Fund, and the United Nations Development Program. Ms. Saifee was also a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow, Truman National Center for Policy Senior Visiting Fellow, and Presidential Leadership Scholar. In her personal capacity, she recently led the Truman Center for National Policy task force on “Transforming the State Department into a More Just, Equitable, and Innovative Institution.”
Matthew Charity
Professor of Law @Western New England College of Law
Professor Charity has been teaching at Western New England since 2007. He teaches public international law courses (International Law, International Criminal Law), and researches in areas of atrocity crimes, governmental responsibility, and human rights. Professor Charity has served on the executive committees of the Association of American Law Schools Sections on Africa (Chair, 2013-14), Law and South Asian Studies, and International Law (Chair 2015-16). Professor Charity also teaches Federal Criminal Law, Contracts, Sales, and Human Rights. Prior to joining the faculty, Professor Charity spent seven years at the New York law firms of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver and Jacobson, and Baker Hostetler LLP, where he worked in commercial litigation, antitrust, and business crimes and corporate investigations. His pro bono work included refugee asylum and prisoners' rights litigation.