Rachel Leslie, U.S. State Department Speaker

Rachel Leslie, U.S. State Department Hometown Diplomat Program, University
of Chicago

Thursday, May 17, 4:00-5:00 PM, Harper Memorial, Room 150

Spaces are limited. If interested, please RSVP to Patrick Houlihan,
houlihan@uchicago.edu before May 16.

Through the State Department’s Hometown Diplomat Program, its employees
speak to students of all ages, local organizations, state and local elected
officials, and others to explain the work of the State Department and why
it matters. The program helps the U.S. Department of State establish and
maintain relationships with individuals and local communities. This
presentation will provide information about careers in the State Department
and what a career in the Foreign Service entails.

Rachel Leslie has served as a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S.
Department of State since 2003. Most recently, she was assigned as the
Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Manama, Bahrain, where she
managed a full range of cultural, academic, media, and educational advising
programs and served as the mission’s spokesperson. Her previous assignments
include Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (2006-2007) and Damascus, Syria (2004-2006).
Rachel also spent a year studying advanced Arabic at the State Department’s
language school in Tunisia. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Rachel
worked as a Program Manager at the Institute for International Education.
As former Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar to Egypt, she studied Middle East
politics at the American University in Cairo and worked at the U.S. Embassy
in Cairo from 2001-2002. Rachel holds a B.A. in Political Science from
Iowa State University, an M.P.P. from the University of Maryland, and a
graduate diploma in Middle East politics from the American University in
Cairo. She is currently on a one-year sabbatical leave from the State
Department to pursue a masters degree in Religious Studies at the University
of Chicago Divinity School.

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