DENVER – On March 4, 2013, the Josef Korbel School welcomed Ambassador Patricia Haslach, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Department of State's Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations.
While visiting the school, Haslach spoke with students and faculty in small group settings. Throughout the day, students had the opportunity to ask Haslach questions about her work and also had the chance to ask for advice on launching a career in the government sector.
During the lunch session, approximately 50 students gathered to hear about the work of the Department of State's Bureau of Conflict Stabilization Operations. Haslach explained that the Bureau is trying to break the cycle of violent conflict throughout the world with a focus on conflict prevention. She further explained that she sees the Bureau as a catalyst for change and that they engage local organizations in the process. "The goal is that we open up space for more traditional agencies to come in," said Haslach.
Haslach joins a growing list of dignitaries who have visited the Josef Korbel School during this academic year. Recent guests include Deputy Secretary of State, Ambassador William J. Burns; Special Representative for North Korea under Secretary of State Clinton, Ambassador Glyn Davies; and NBC News Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent Martha Raddatz, to name a few. This spring, the School is excited to host Josef Korbel School alumnus General George Casey, former Chief of Staff of the United States Army.