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Faith-based Employee Groups at US State Department

10 May, 2023

Walking the Talk: Advancing Religious Inclusion at State

Join State Department officials at Dare to Overcome (May 22-24 in Washington DC) as they discuss how employees of diverse faith backgrounds established faith-based employee organizations within the Department. Learn how these organizations collaborate and advise management, work to embed religious diversity into the Department’s broader DEIA framework, and share best practices and lessons learned with others across the federal government to advance religious freedom and inclusion in the workplace and build coalitions to facilitate internal policy changes. See how living religious inclusion at home creates conditions for employees to flourish, making our institution stronger, and bolsters the credibility of our advocacy for respecting human dignity and human differences abroad.


  • Mariyam Cementwala, Senior Advisor in the Secretary’s of State’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion and member of American Muslims and Friends at State


  • Al Gombis, a Founding Board Member of GRACE, a faith-based employee organization
  • Sarah Swatzburg, Chair of Jewish Americans in Diplomacy (JAD) at the U.S. Department of State

Join them at Dare to Overcome! Register today!

Join top business leaders, Fortune 500 faith-oriented employee resource group (ERG) leaders, and corporate chaplains to share best practices and to build supportive, intersecting networks nationally and globally! The mission: Shine a light on successes in promoting mutual respect and allyship among diverse communities.