October 14, 2016
During her career, Diplomat in Residence Kali Jones (JD/MSPH ’96) has lived and worked all over the world including Madagascar, Vietnam, Haiti and Brazil.
Photo by Paula Burch-Celentano
By Alicia Duplessis Jasmin
For the first time in nearly a decade, Tulane University is among 16 selected universities in the country to host a Diplomat in Residence. The program left Tulane in 2007 because of budget constraints within the U.S. Department of State.
Tulane University’s appointed diplomat is Kali Jones, a New Orleans native and a 1996 graduate of the dual-degree JD/MSPH program from Tulane Law School and the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.
Although Jones is based at Tulane, her duties will expand beyond the reach of campus.
“As the Diplomat in Residence for the Central South region, I will collaborate with high schools, universities and professional associations in Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi to heighten awareness of the incredible career opportunities presented by the Department of State,” Jones said.
“Decisions we make domestically have an impact internationally, and I want young people to consider America’s role in the world, and how we all can contribute to a better global community.”
Amjad Ayoubi, senior associate dean of Newcomb-Tulane College, said the Department of State continued its relationship with the university even though the department suspended the in-house diplomat position almost a decade ago.
Ayoubi served as a lead advocate for its return and made a request in 2014 to reinstate it on campus. This process, he said, included outlining the university’s commitment to the Department of State and pointing out that Tulane is among the top providers of qualified students to the department.
“We are so lucky to have Kali join us because in most cases the Diplomat in Residence is not an alum of the university,” said Ayoubi. “It is wonderful to have someone who is highly engaged with students and who has a special connection to the university.”
A faculty welcome reception for Jones is scheduled for Oct. 18, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the 1834 Club in the Lavin-Bernick Center. Please RSVP. Students interested in meeting Jones can attend an information session Oct. 20 at 5:30 p.m. in the LBC.
Alicia Duplessis Jasmin is a Tulane University multimedia specialist/editor.