Updated on May 25, 2022
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The 2022 AIDL Summer Diplomacy & Leadership Workshop
This free workshop for high school students graduating in 2023 and 2024 will be interactive and allow time for questions and discussion after each presenter. Students who are accepted to attend and who successfully complete the entire workshop will receive an AIDL Certificate recognizing them as part of the 7th AIDL Cohort. Parts of the workshop will focus on Leadership (and good citizenship) and other parts will deal with Diplomacy (and international issues). The workshop will be held virtually over two weeks using Zoom as it was in 2021.
The dates are Mondays through Fridays during the weeks of June 13 - June 17 and June 20 - June 24, 2022. Most days will be 9 AM until 3 PM with a long lunch and breaks between sessions, although there may be a few days that start later or extend a little bit longer, depending on the availability of speakers. Students must commit to participating in the entire workshop and attending all sessions.
General information about the workshop as of April 16, 2022
The Leadership sessions of the workshop will allow time for breakouts into different groups to discuss possible service projects.
The Diplomacy part of the workshop will feature a US National Security Council simulation based on the humanitarian crisis in the South Sudan.
You are expected to attend EVERY session of the workshop if you are accepted. Please do not apply if you will have conflicts during the two weeks of the workshop. Check your schedule before applying.
Depending on the final number of applicants, there is the possibility that you will not be chosen for the workshop. Students will be selected for the workshop based on a one-page essay, a phone interview, and other criteria such as year of graduation, your previous participation in clubs and activities, and your career aspirations.
The workshop is free, but students and parents must sign a waiver/permission sheet which spells out rules of conduct.
It is possible that some sessions of the workshop will be cancelled at the last minute. It is also possible that the entire workshop will be cancelled.
It is critical that you check your email every day.
The workshop is scheduled to be held Monday-Friday, June 13-17 and continue Monday-Friday June 20-24. The workshop will stretch out over two weeks, so that each day there won't be but 2-3 sessions to prevent 'Zoomfatigue'. The dates for the workshop are subject to change.
Some sessions will consist of a 30-40 minute presentation by a dynamic and knowledgeable speaker followed by 20-30 minutes of questions and/or discussion. Other sessions will feature breakouts for group work or further discussion. The sessions each day will be scheduled between 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM, but a couple of days may start later and end a little later.
There will be breaks between each session and usually an hour for lunch.
You must have access to the internet and a laptop, iPad, or computer which you will not have to share during the week.
You must be visible on screen and participating fully at all times.
AIDL cannot provide you with any tech support.
Tentative Topics and Objectives for the Workshop
* Good communication & civil discourse * Introduction to ethics
* Non-violence & conflict resolution
* Servant leadership
* Promoting unity & community building
* Importance of a free media
* Discerning bias / fake news in the media
* Service organizations & nonprofits
* Media as a tool for social change
* Interfaith dialogue
* Service projects
* US National Security Council
* World conflicts
* Tools of diplomacy
* Atlanta's diplomacy
* Georgia's diplomacy
* International diplomacy
* Introduction to international relations
* Peaceful conflict resolution
* US Foreign Service
* South Sudan
* USAID and migration
learn the importance of "servant leadership"
gain an appreciation for peacebuilding efforts
understand the importance and structure of the US Department of State
examine successful efforts at diplomacy
develop successful communication skills
develop conflict resolution skills
apply skills to an international crisis in a US National Security Council simulation
increase their knowledge of world affairs
appreciate the importance of freedom of the media
develop literary competency
understand the importance of ethics in leadership
examine possibilities for service projects
Admission to the 2022 Summer Diplomacy & Leadership Workshop
The 2022 workshop will be free to all students who are accepted, but students must have internet and computer access, since this workshop is virtual using Zoom. The Institute reserves the right to cancel parts or all of the workshop if circumstances warrant. Participants are expected to be on best behavior at all times. All participants and their guardians will be asked to sign a liability waiver/permission sheet which spells out rules of conduct. The workshops will be non-partisan, inclusive, and respectful of different cultures and religions. Due to the large number of expected applicants, it is possible that not all students will be accepted.