ZimPAS Highlights – May 8, 2015

Key Highlights

  • Two senior State Department officials, Dr. Shannon Smith, Deputy Assistant Secretary for African Affairs and Steven Feldstein, Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, will visit Zimbabwe May 12 – 16, 2015:. The two officials will meet Embassy staff as well as representatives of government, business, and civil society organizations.
  • This week we released the names of 30 young Zimbabwean leaders that will participate in the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders Fellowship. These outstanding young Zimbabwean leaders will travel to the U.S. this June with over 470 other young African leaders for a six week program at one of 20 prestigious U.S. universities followed by a conference in Washington, DC hosted by President Obama. Ambassador Bruce Wharton spoke to the young leaders at a reception hosted by the Public Affairs Section and encouraged the young leaders to “take some risks.”
  • Congratulations to Hatinawedu Mupiwa and several other United States Achievers Program (USAP) graduates who completed their studies in the United States. Mupiwa (Berea College) graduated a few days ago and majored in computer and information science and mathematics, received three awards for his sterling performance in class.
  • Did you enter the diversity lottery for an immigrant visa to the United States during the DV-2016 cycle? If you did, you can now check the status of your entry at the dvlottery.state.gov. Remember, this Entrant Status Check is the *only* means by which you will be notified of your selection for further processing in the Diversity Visa lottery. We never notify selectees or collect fees via email.

On Our Calendar

  • Tuesday May 12, 2015; 3 pm- “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country” Quote from John F. Kennedy’s Inaugural Address, January 20, 1961. / Presentation facilitated by Simba Nyamadzawo, Business Consultant & Entrepreneur; Kudzai Mubaiwa, InvestorSaint (Private) Limited.Venue: 7th Floor, Gold Bridge, Eastgate, Harare. Free to all interested members of the public.
  • Wednesday, May 13th 2015; 4 pm- 6 pm: A Tweet@ble Panel Discussion on Human Rights Reporting in Zimbabwe Facilitated by 263Chat. Panelists- Abel Chikomo, Executive Director, Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum; Jestina Mukoko, National Director, Zimbabwe Peace Project & Steven Feldstein, U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. Venue: Alliance Francais, 328 Herbert Chitepo Avenue, Harare. Limited places available. RSVP via hararepas@state.gov
  • Monday, May 18, 2015; 3 pm:  EducationUSA hosts admission officers from four U.S. Liberal Arts Colleges- Amherst, Pomona, Smith, Williams colleges. Admission officers representing these institutions will present on their undergraduate colleges’ offerings, admission and scholarship procedures. Venue: 7th Floor, Gold Bridge, Eastgate, Harare.
  • Tuesday, May 19, 2015; 3 pm: “Understanding the value of Ethical Leadership” / Presentation facilitated by Bradwell Mhonderwa, Managing Director, Ethics Center, and Vongai Nzenza, Independent Consultant. Venue: 7th Floor, Gold Bridge, Eastgate, Harare. Free to all interested members of the public.
  • Tuesday, May 26, 2015; 3 pm “Unpacking U.S. Exchange Programs opportunities for Zimbabweans: leveraging on alumni as a resource” / Presentation facilitated by Alumni and Darin Mcanelly, AF Alumni Coordinator, Office of Alumni Affairs; Tutisani Gladys: Exchanges Programs officer and Rabson Shumba, Motivational speaker and Entrepreneur. Venue: 7th Floor, Gold Bridge, Eastgate, Harare. Free to all interested members of the public.
  • Deadline – June 1st 2015The American Embassy is pleased to announce the 2016 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship ProgramThis one-year, full-scholarship program is offered to mid-career professionals working at policy-level who have a record of leadership, a commitment to public service, and the initiative to take full advantage of a self-defined program of independent study at a leading American university.

We appreciate your feedback. Until we meet again on Friday, we wish you a pleasant long weekend and a great week ahead!

Karen Kelley, Counselor for Public Affairs, U.S. Embassy Harare