Advancing disability rights and leadership globally®

Celebrating David Levin’s Lifelong Commitment to Disability Inclusion in International Exchange

MIUSA is pleased to celebrate and acknowledge David Levin’s 46-year career with the U.S. Department of State.

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.

Close up current photo of David Levin in an office, wearing suit jacket
David at the State Department offices.
Vintage photo of David Levin in perhaps his 40s, wearing suit and tie and moustache, standing indoors pointing to a sign that says Welcome to a World of Options Conference
David and colleagues from NCDE welcomes guests to the “World of Options Conference and Expo” in the early years of the National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange.
Group photo of a dozen people - including women and men, people with physical disabilities, non-disabled people, and people of color. Two women in the center are identifiable as Susan Sygall and Judy Heumann.
David Levin (standing, far right) gathers with fellow champions for disability inclusion, including MIUSA CEO Susan Sygall and the late activist Judy Heumann.

Read Next

A group of young travelers move through an old district of Spain surrounded by arches of white stone. The travelers push themselves in wheelchairs or walk. Backs turned.

A Disability Day Message to Global Disabled Activists: Invest in Your Leadership through International Exchange!

Date: 12/03/2023
Anush Aslanyan stands outside of the ILRC building talking to three journalists. Two journalists hold cameras and one holds a microphone.

Influencing Policy to Secure Disability-Led Independent Living Services in Armenia

Date: 09/12/2023
A group of six people stand on an outdoor staircase in two rows; Some people make the "I love you" hand shape in sign language. They wear business casual attire."

Mobilizing Disability & Human Rights Leaders in Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Zambia

Date: 07/26/2023

Spring 2023 Access to Exchange Externs

Date: 05/05/2023
A colorful mural on a brick wall shows a group of women with different disabilities and diverse backgrounds singing and signing. The words "Loud, Proud and Passionate!" appear in English, Spanish, French and Arabic.

International Women’s Day 2023

Date: 03/07/2023

Advancing disability rights and leadership globally®

Also Search our NCDE Web Resource Library

Contact Us