U.S. Embassy Doha Partners with VCU-Qatar on Black History Month Event Encouraging Volunteerism and Community Service

On February 21, U.S. Embassy Doha, in collaboration with the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Arts in Qatar (VCU-Q), organized a panel discussion to commemorate Black History Month.  Public Affairs Officer Carissa Gonzalez opened the event with welcoming remarks that underscored the importance of volunteerism and public service.  Speaking to a crowd of 60 or so students, academics, and civil society leaders, Ms. Gonzalez channeled the inspiring words of Mahatma Gandhi to “be the change you want to see in the world” as a catalyst for greater community engagement and participation.  Panelists included Ms. Ameera Al Ishaq, Acting Director at the Psychiatry Ward of Hamad Medical Corporation; Mr. Essa Al-Mannai, Executive Director of ROTA; Ms. Amal Al-Shammari, CEO of Embrace Doha; and Dr. Rogaia Abusharaf, Professor of Anthropology at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Qatar.   Ms. Ameera Al-Ishaq and Ms. Amal Al-Shammari are alumni of Goldman Sachs’ 10,000 Women Entrepreneurs Program and the International Visitor Leadership Program, respectively, two U.S. Embassy-sponsored exchange programs designed to foster economic growth and professional development through a series of short-term visits to the United States that  cultivate strong professional networks and lasting relationships.