James D. Pettit, deputy assistant secretary of state for Overseas Citizens Services within the Consular Affairs Bureau of the U.S. Department of State, will visit with Loyola University New Orleans students during an information session on Thursday, Sept. 20 at 12 p.m. in the Audubon Room of the Danna Student Center. The talk is open to all students and is being offered by Loyola’s Career Development Center.

Pettit will discuss the mission of the U.S. Department of State and provide answers to students who are considering careers in foreign service. He will also give an overview of his work at the department, as well as safety tips for overseas travel.

The U.S. Department of State is the lead institution for the conduct of American diplomacy, and the Secretary of State is the president’s principal foreign policy adviser. The primary responsibility of the U.S. Department of State and its employees is to fight terrorism, protect U.S. interests abroad, and implement foreign policy initiatives while building a freer, prosperous and secure world. The mission of the Bureau of Consular Affairs is to protect the lives and interests of U.S. citizens overseas and to strengthen U.S. border security through the vigilant adjudication of visas and U.S. passports.

Pettit has served as the deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine (2007-10), as consul general at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow (2003-07), and as consul general at the U.S. Embassy in Vienna (1999-2003). In Washington, he previously served within the Visa Services Directorate, the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, the Taiwan Coordination Office and the Office of Cuban Affairs. He has served two previous tours at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow and at the American Institute in Taiwan and the U.S. Consulate General in Guadalajara.

Pettit received a bachelor’s degree in international studies and Russian from Iowa State University, and a master’s degree in National Strategic Studies from the National War College. He speaks Russian, Spanish, German and Mandarin Chinese.

For more information about careers in foreign diplomacy, please contact CAPRESSREQUESTS@state.gov or 202-647-1488.

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