The High School Foreign Service Association strives to raise awareness about the importance of the U.S. Foreign Service and Diplomacy among students beyond its chapters. For this reason, it is launching a new HSFSA Event: Diplomacy Matters.
Diplomacy affects almost every field in existence, even those that appear to have no relation with international affairs. Branching out from the national level, diplomacy affects the economy, cultures, science, and the daily lives of all citizens of the world. Students can see the effects of international diplomacy on the news, but they are also impacted by its implicit effects in their areas of special interest. Almost every club one sees in a regular high school has a subject in some way affected by foreign policy. Unfortunately, these impacts are rarely noticed, and the importance in the minds of students of dialogue, cooperation, and understanding is undermined. This problem is only second to the lack of appreciation for the work of U.S. Foreign Service Officers: those who work on the ground to put diplomacy into practice, protect American interests, and bring stability to the world.
Delivering these messages in a club setting is the most effective method of ensuring that students are not only informed about the importance of diplomacy and Foreign Service Officers, but also relate to the knowledge gained through their own interests.