Advancing DEIA Efforts With ECA’s U.S. Speakers Program


ECA’s U.S. Speaker Program in partnership with the Secretary’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion and GPA will present a panel discussion for Department staff on diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA). This program will showcase how the U.S. Speaker Program can serve as a valuable resource for posts in developing strategic programming around DEIA principles. This discussion will feature several U.S. Speakers representing a wide range of backgrounds from the office’s DEIA and Accessibility (ADA) speaker slates.

Chief diversity and inclusion officer Ambassador Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley will moderate the discussion and ECA’s deputy assistant secretary for Professional and Cultural Exchanges, Stacy White, will provide opening remarks.

  The U.S. Speakers featured on the panel include:

  • Daryl Davis, a renowned expert on race relations
  • Dorothy Garcia, senior manager, Global Disability Equality Index, Disability:IN
  • Sabrina Kent, senior vice president at the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce 
  • Michael L. Krenn, professor of U.S. diplomatic history, with a focus on race and culture

The program will be streamed to this page. If you have a question for the panelists please use the Google Form here. Information about the U.S. Speaker Program including how to submit a program request and where to find speaker slates will be shared in the chat, and you can also find this information on the office’s InfoCentral page.

Speaker Bios:


Dorothy Garcia is the senior manager, Global Disability Equality Index, at Disability:IN, an organization which partners with companies to provide employment opportunities to Persons with Disabilities, and help achieve disability inclusion and equality. Previously, at the Association of University Centers on Disability (AUCD), Garcia’s work focused on mentorships and trainings, and managed an exchange program for African professionals about inclusive disability employment. 

Daryl Davis is an expert on race relations, and the author of “Klan-Destine Relationships: A Black Man’s Odyssey through the Ku Klux Klan.” Davis has spent much of his life trying to understand and stop racism, including engaging with Klan members to help them find common ground across racial lines. Several Klan members have given up their robes as a result of these ongoing dialogues.  Davis is the subject of the award-winning documentary ”Accidental Courtesy.”

Sabrina Kent (she/her) is the senior vice president at the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC). She advocates for economic empowerment of LGBT-owned businesses both within the U.S. and globally. Kent also focuses on strategic projects across the organization including its Supplier Diversity Initiative and corporate partnerships. She is a member of the NGLCC Global Team with a particular focus on the division’s ongoing work in India.

Michael L. Krenn is a professor of U.S. diplomatic history at Appalachian State University with a focus on the impacts of race and culture. His published works include “The Color of Empire: Race and American Foreign Relations,” and “The History of U.S. Cultural Diplomacy: From 1770 to the Present Day.”  Previously, Krenn was the chief advisor for the documentary, “Changing State: Black Diplomats, Civil Rights, and the Cold War,” based on his book, which will premiere on the PBS series “The American Experience” in early 2022.  

Stacy White is the deputy assistant secretary for Professional and Cultural Exchanges in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). In that role, she is responsible for overseeing a broad array of professional, youth, cultural, sports and tech camp exchange programs for U.S. and international participants, including those supported by the Offices of International Visitors and Citizen Exchanges. She believes that these programs, which bring Americans into contact with people from across the world, offer wonderful opportunities to learn from each other’s perspectives, acquire new skills in cross-cultural communications, and build networks that help us address challenges that transcend national borders. Ms. White has been an American diplomat for more than 30 years, serving abroad at U.S. embassies in Canada, Mexico, Finland, Panama, Malaysia, and Indonesia. Before entering the Foreign Service, she was a TV news journalist.

Moderator: Ambassador Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley, a 30-year diplomat, is the chief diversity and inclusion officer for the Department of State and was the longest serving U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Malta. She has held senior positions including advising the Commander of U.S. cyber forces on our foreign policy priorities and serving as Deputy Coordinator for Counterterrorism. Earlier in her career, she served in Baghdad, Jakarta, and Cairo before taking on the position of Special Assistant to the Secretary of State for the Middle East and Africa. She actively supported gender equality in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as the first woman to lead a diplomatic mission there. She is the co-author of two papers published in the New York Review of Science Fiction on “Diplomacy in Star Trek” and “The Representation of Disability in Star Trek.” In 2019, she was voted into the American Academy of Diplomacy.

Links to Resources:

SharePoint site for the Secretary’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion

U.S. Speaker Program InfoCentral page

U.S. Speaker Program Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) slate

U.S. Speaker Program Accessibility (ADA) slate

U.S Speaker Program FY22 Guidance Cable 21 STATE 114550 (OpenNet or GO Virtual only)