DiplomacyRISE (Readiness, Innovation, Skill, and Equity)

DiplomacyRISE is Meridian’s investment in the future of diplomacy and strengthening of America’s international relations talent ecosystem by developing the next generation of global affairs practitioners that reflect America’s diversity and are equipped with 21st century statecraft skills and knowledge. The inclusive professional development initiative provides college students and young professionals with greater access to critical skills training, career guidance networks and emerging issue area expertise.

Since launching DiplomacyRISE in April 2021, Meridian has partnered with the Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program, National Science Policy Network, Theodore Roosevelt High School, Una Chapman Cox Foundation, and Washington Program Consortium on building out their career development programs, while routinely speaking with college and university groups on professional pathways to diplomacy and global affairs positions.

In summer 2022, Meridian partnered with the National Science Policy Network and Global Blood Therapeutics on a Diplomatic Skills Training for Young Scientists course to provide scientists, doctors, engineers and similar professionals interested in becoming international affairs practitioners with education focused on soft skills that are central to diplomacy. Meridian also organized international affairs workshops as part of the Global Community College Transfers Summer Mentorship Program. Science diplomacy and engagement with community colleges has been an early focus of DiplomacyRISE.

In summer 2023, Meridian is continuing the partnership with the National Science Policy Network on a Diplomatic Skills Training for Young Scientists. We also offered a paid summer enrichment and mentorship program in an effort to expand access to global education opportunities and international affairs careers to community college, transfer, and non-traditional students. The Community College Global Affairs Fellowship (CCGAF) is a brand-new initiative held in partnership with Global Community College Transfers and Community Colleges for International Development (CCID) through the generous support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. More details can be found here.

Meridian continues to build a network of diverse, passionate international affairs professionals and share opportunities through our DiplomacyRISE LinkedIn group. If you would like to be added or have an opportunity to share with the group, please email DiplomacyRISE@meridian.org.

For more information on DiplomacyRISE, please email diplomacyrise@meridian.org.

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