Global Careers Panel Webinar: Exciting Opportunities for People with Disabilities at the U.S. Department of State

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Professionals with disabilities at the U.S. Department of State discuss Civil and Foreign Service opportunities and how to get involved.
September 18, 2020

The U.S. Department of State-sponsored National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange (NCDE) facilitated a conversation with Alex Barrasso, Benjamin Sides and Carolyn Washington-Solaru about their experiences working with the U.S. Department of State. Almost 30% of registrants were aspiring professionals with disabilities. Audience members learned about international careers with the State Department, getting started, the biggest challenges, and the benefits. 

The discussion lasted one hour. It was held over Zoom on September 18, 2020 at 10:00 AM Pacific time/1:00 PM Eastern time. A big thanks to all who attended. It would not of been the same without your excellent questions. Access the transcript under documents.


  • Carolyn Washington-Solaru,Information Technology Specialist, Department of State’s Bureau of Information Resource Management (IRM)
  • Alexander Barrasso, Program Director at U.S. Embassy Riyadh
  • Benjamin Sides, Supervisory Special Agent with the Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DS)
  • Moderator: Justin Harford, Program Coordinator, NCDE, MIUSA

Learn more about careers with the Department of State.

Accessibility and Accommodations

The National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange is a project of the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, designed to increase the participation of people with disabilities in international exchange between the United States and other countries, and is supported in its implementation by Mobility International USA.