Aspirations High and Abroad: EL Grad, Current Ambassador to Haiti, Returns to Tell of Life in Foreign Service

Haitian Ambassador and Edward Little alum Pamela White speaks to students about her experience in the foreign service.

Haitian Ambassador and Edward Little alum Pamela White speaks to students about her experience in the foreign service.

By Alex Lally

Edward Little alumni Pamela White, the current U.S. ambassador to Haiti, paid a visit to the school recently to speak to students about her time in the foreign service and to inspire them to meet their goals.

White gave a speech in the gymnasium on March 14, telling of her journey from the Peace Corps to ambassador to Haiti, a variation of a speech that she had recently given at a fundraiser in Hollywood that featured movie stars such as Sean Penn. White came to EL thanks to a State Department program that allows ambassadors and others in the foreign service to travel back to their hometowns to speak about their experiences.

Social Studies teacher Erin Towns thanks Ambassador White for taking the time to speak to EL students.

Social Studies teacher Erin Towns thanks Ambassador White for taking the time to speak to EL students.

White answered a few questions from students in the audience such as how one would get into the Peace Corps, and about her experience of teaching English in Africa to local children. White also encouraged students to aim for success, that they can do more in life if the just put their mind to it.

“It was a very powerful speech,” said librarian Heidi McCurdy, “a real call of action to our students.”

Tate Howes, a senior, asked White a question about her time in the Peace Corps. He was impressed with her ability to shed light on the situation in Haiti, something that has received little attention in the United States recently. “I thought it was a really interesting speech,” he said, “that reminded us of something many people have forgotten. It was also really inspiring, and showed people that everyone can make a difference.”

 

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