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Diplomatic Perspective: Diplomatic Leaders Development Program Cohort II

Diplomatic Perspective has kicked off our second Diplomatic Leaders Development Program (DLDP) for 2023!

What is the Diplomatic Leaders Development Program?

The Diplomatic Leaders Development Program (DLDP) is a 6-month program geared towards developing high school students within the Washington, DC area into global citizens through cultural sessions, skills institutes, and international projects. Every month each student participates in educational and engaging sessions, develops a global network, and receives the opportunity to have a global experience virtually. Industry leaders teach the students about skill sets that can be applied across industries anywhere around the globe.

Program Theme: Building an Interconnected World Through Digital Diplomacy

This year’s program theme is “Building an Interconnected World Through Digital Diplomacy”, sponsored by AFCEA NOVA. Digital diplomacy is described as the use of the internet and various social media tools to carry out diplomatic objects. It also implies expanding diplomatic practice from government-to-government communication to public diplomacy that allows for reaching both domestic and foreign publics (IGI-Global, 2023). In correlation to learning about Digital Diplomacy, each week students will learn the nine Skills of Diplomacy, as provided by Department of State, to be applied through a hands-on skills institute.

Digital Collaboration and Productivity in Action

In addition to learning diplomacy skills, each student will be receiving support from Microsoft employees to obtain their MS-900: Microsoft 365 Fundamentals Certification, demonstrating their digital collaboration and productivity skills, which are useful for the remainder of high school onwards throughout their careers.

Who can participate in the Diplomatic Leaders Development Program?

The Diplomatic Leaders Development Program is for DMV 11th and 12th grade high school students. If you know a student or an educator that you would like to share this experience with, fill out this form to stay in the loop for cohort III.

Ways to Get Involved

If you are looking to get involved, you can do so with the following options:

3. Spread awareness by liking and sharing this post and our LinkedIn

4. Contact our Executive Director, Ayanna Dawkins, at with any other inquiries


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