David’s retirement on September 1, 2023 marks the end of an era, as MIUSA has had the honor and privilege of working with David as our Program Officer and co-collaborator since 1995, when MIUSA was selected to administer the National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange. Under David’s guidance, thousands of people with disabilities have had their lives changed through the power of study abroad, volunteer abroad, research, Fulbright scholarships, and many other opportunities that the Clearinghouse has promoted.
In addition to David’s focus and passion for inclusion in all aspects of international exchange, David also has a joyful passion for sharing delicious food. Over the years, many of our meetings and conferences were followed by lively discussions over tapas, sushi and many other delicious meals in David’s favorite restaurants.
David, the world has changed because you have dedicated your life to ensuring equity, diversity, and inclusion and the leadership of people with disabilities, throughout the State Department, and especially within the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
Speaking on behalf of people with disabilities around the world who have experienced the power of international exchange: we recognize that these opportunities would not have been possible without your leadership at the State Department.
Everyone at MIUSA will miss you, but our friendship will continue. We know that your advocacy for people with disabilities will develop in new ways, and the impact of your work will have ripple effects for many years to come.