Announcements

Plans for Further Reopening of DACOR Bacon HouseMarch 26, 2021

Dear Fellow DACOR Members,

The Board of Governors at its March 25, 2021, meeting considered how to move toward reopening the House, closed a year ago to protect the health and well-being of our members, staff, and guests.  As law-abiding citizens, we have also followed all of the regulations of the DC government and the recommendations of the CDC.

As time went on and the CDC and DC government permitted, we began allowing very small events, accompanied by strict cleaning protocols and new air purifiers.  Previous issues of the Bulletin have announced that our guest rooms are available and that we are open for small private events, inside the House and in the garden.  As a result, a number of members have used the guestrooms and enjoyed small weddings, elopements, retirement parties, and swearing-in ceremonies.  One family held an all-weekend memorial service.  In terms of DACOR events, astute readers of the Bulletin and participants in our online programs will have noticed that we have had a few high-profile, limited-hybrid events at which the organizers or presenters were in the House, while most or all of the audience were online:  The Annual Conference last September and the AAFSW annual awards ceremony last November come to mind.

At present, DC regulations permit outdoor events of up to 50 people, and indoor events at 25% of the capacity of the venue utilized.  At these events, CDC guidelines still call for six-feet social distancing and wearing masks, likely until the nation achieves herd immunity this fall.  We have been encouraged by the increasing number of our members who have been vaccinated and now feel comfortable in socializing beyond their family circles.  While we cannot insist, we have encouraged our staff to take advantage of local government protocols and to get vaccinated as well.

We plan to start May with a limited-hybrid event for Foreign Affairs Day on May 7.  While the entire Department of State event will be online, we will be holding the DACOR portion – the awarding of two Foreign Service Cups – in our House for the recipients, nominators, and their guests and live-streaming our portion onto the Department videoconference platform.  In late May, we are planning to hold two fully hybrid events -- the Board of Governors meeting on May 27 and our Memorial Day Ceremony on May 31 -- both of which will allow members who feel comfortable to attend in-person while permitting those who prefer to participate online to do so.

Our general approach is to remain watchful of the well-being of our members, staff, and guests, while opening up the House and garden to larger private events – we already have 13 weddings booked for the coming months, several quite large --and to increase the in-person component of our DACOR programs as rapidly as local regulations and the CDC permit and our members and outside speakers feel comfortable.  Watch this space and the Bulletin for further announcements as we move closer to a new normal!

Warm regards,

Paul Denig, President
 
 
Job Opportunity: Visiting Professor of Practice at The School of International Affairs, Penn State   March, 2021

A full job description and link to apply can be found here.

The School of International Affairs in University Park invites applications for a fixed-term Visiting Professor of Practice position for the 2021-2022 academic year. The successful candidate will have the professional and educational background necessary to teach courses in international affairs. The ability to teach courses focused on areas such as national security and international diplomacy is desirable, but not required. Applicants should have a decade or more of high level and leadership experience in the private or public sectors outside the academy that would provide a unique background and wealth of knowledge that is of particular value as it is shared with the University's students and other faculty. A Master's degree or higher in a related field is required. Applications must include a CV, cover letter, sample publications relevant to the post, teaching interests, and a statement of how the candidate’s work is relevant to the focus of the position. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled; only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

Diverse candidates are encouraged to apply. Penn State is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusive excellence that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusive excellence as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission. Information on the School of International Affairs is available at https://sia.psu.edu/
 
 
Statement from DACOR on the Events at the Capitol on January 6, 2021January 8, 2021

As a non-partisan organization of foreign affairs professionals, DACOR has many members who have sworn to support and defend the U.S. Constitution and served under presidents of both parties in diplomatic posts around the world.  We have promoted democracy and the rule of law in many countries and cited the United States as the exemplar of political development. Our members have also been posted in dictatorships and autocracies, and lived through terror attacks, violent coups and the imposition of martial law. We were thus especially shocked and dismayed to see the violent attack on our democratic processes which occurred on January 6 at the Capitol Building. Many of us had the same reaction:  We’ve seen this before in other countries but never thought we would see it here in the United States. It is now vital that we complete a peaceful and orderly transition to the new administration. This is essential not only for our own domestic political stability but also for our ability to successfully conduct diplomacy around the world and allow our diplomats to effectively present our democracy as a model to other nations. Our nation has suffered a severe blow to its reputation around the globe. We are committed to working with the new administration and the new Congress to begin the process of restoring our international standing.
 
 
Message from President Paul Denig on Coronavirus Impact on DACOR ActivitiesMarch 16, 2020

Dear DACOR Members:

Given the current public health situation arising from the coronavirus, the Executive Committee of DACOR has decided to suspend all programs as well as private events at DACOR Bacon House starting on March 13th, until further notice. The guest rooms will not be available for use.

In line with other similar organizations in Washington, DC, we are following the guidance of local and national health officials who recommend extra caution for vulnerable populations. As a large percentage of our membership and guests falls into age groups which are at higher risk, we are taking this step to ensure that their health is not compromised by attendance at DACOR events.

DACOR leadership is monitoring the public health situation carefully and will follow guidance from health authorities on when it may be safe to resume events at DACOR Bacon House. While events are suspended, our staff will work to maintain the House as a clean and safe environment to the extent possible, consistent with their own health protection.

Committee and Board Meetings will proceed unless otherwise announced. However, participation will be by telephone rather than in-person. Please follow the specific instructions for calling in that are included in the invitation for each committee meeting.

Please be in touch with DACOR staff to address any questions or concerns you may have.

During this interim period, please remember to follow the guidelines of the CDC and others to keep yourself safe and healthy. We look forward to welcoming you back to our House as soon as circumstances permit.

Sincerely,

Paul Denig
President of DACOR