The Lois Roth Award is presented every year to a Foreign Service Officer who has made significant contributions in the field of US cultural and educational diplomacy. It honors those who exhibit cross-cultural sensitivity in all aspects of their work and show patience, wisdom and generosity in helping new colleagues—foreign and American—to pursue and develop their skills and careers. Awardees must have familiarity with areas of the world, global affairs and foreign languages, so that they can hold substantive discussion with US and foreign scholars, artists and professionals. Finally, the winners of this award exemplify Lois Roth’s personal legacy in demonstrating superior creativity and human warmth in their work with others.
The 2017 Lois Roth Award went to Priscilla Hernandez for her work as a Cultural Affairs Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Caracas, Venezuela. Priscilla’s fourteen-year career has exemplified mentoring new colleagues; maximizing American Spaces, English-language programs and Alumni networks to reach new audiences; and utilizing technology to achieve U.S. foreign policy goals. Priscilla has demonstrated extreme dedication to cross-cultural understanding, warmth towards people of all backgrounds, and encouragement to women to overcome all obstacles that lie in their way in some of cultural diplomacy’s most challenging environments.
An Honorable Mention was awarded to Damian Wampler, a Cultural Affairs Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi, Georgia. Using his deep cultural sensitivity, foreign language skills and compassion for others, Damian has created new yet sustainable programs on interfaith dialogue, refugee integration and women’s empowerment using music, film, sports and technology. Not only has Damian achieved a deep emotional resonance with existing audiences, but he has also broadened the reach of such programming into overcrowded refugee camps and remote areas of Georgia.
For a complete list of Lois Roth Award recipients, please consult Lois Roth Award Recipients.