Updated on January 1, 2021
The 2021 AIDL Summer Diplomacy & Leadership Workshop
The workshop 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 worshop will receive an AIDL Certificate recognizing them as part of the 6th AIDL Cohort. Parts of the workshop will focus on Leadership (and good citizenship) and other parts will deal with Diplomacy (and international issues). There is a possibility that the 2021 workshop will return to the Emory University campus if the danger of the Covid-19 pandemic is over. Otherwise the workshop will again be held virtually using Zoom as it was in 2020. The very tentative dates are June 21-25, 2021 if on campus, or June 14-25, 2021 if virtual. A decision will be made in late March or early April as to the exact dates and location.
Admission to the 2021 Summer Diplomacy & Leadership Workshop
The 2021 workshop will be free to all students who are accepted, but students must have internet and computer access if the decision is made to hold the workshop virtually. If the workshop is held on the Emory University campus, students must provide their own meals and transportation. 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/or guardians will be asked to sign a liability waiver. 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.
If you are interested in this workshop, click on the link in red below and complete the entire application request form. This will allow us to keep in touch with you with updates and to send you the actual application in March.
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General workshop information as of January 1, 2021:
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 have a US National Security Council simulation based on the humanitarian crisis in the South Sudan.
You are expected to attend EACH session of the workshop if you are accepted. Please do not apply if you will have conflicts during the assigned week(s).
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 and other criteria such as year in school, 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.
If the workshop is held on the Emory University campus:
The workshop will probably be the week of June 21-25, 2021 and run Monday-Friday.
Each day of the workshop will be from 9:00 AM until 3:30 PM except for Friday, when the program will end with a reception and awards program by 1:00 PM.
If the workshop is held virtually using Zoom:
The workshop will probably be Monday-Friday, June 14-18, and Monday-Friday June 21-25, 2021. We will stretch the workshop 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 likely to change. I hope to announce the definite dates for each workshop by the end of March.
There will be an average of 3 sessions each day. 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. Depending on the availability of speakers, some days might only have one session and other days might have a full schedule. The sessions each day will be scheduled between 9:00 AM and end by 3:00 pm.
There will be long breaks between each session and at least 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.
We will use Zoom for all sessions. An email with the Zoom link will be sent to you the day before the first session. You are not allowed to share this information with anyone else for security reasons. Students will be allowed in from a "waiting room".
You will have to download Zoom if you haven't already. AIDL cannot provide you with any tech support.
Tentative Topics and Objectives for the Workshop
* Good communication & civil discourse * Introduction to ethics
* Servant leadership
* Promoting unity
* Conflict resolution
* Importance of a free media
* Discerning bias / fake news in the media
* Service organizations & nonprofits
* Media as a tool for social change
* Interfaith efforts
* Service projects
* US National Security Council
* World conflicts
* Tools of diplomacy
* Atlanta's diplomacy
* Georgia's diplomacy
* International diplomacy
* Basic political theory
* Peaceful conflict resolution
* US Foreign Service
* South Sudan
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