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Ambassador Battle Meets with Socio-Cultural Expert to Discuss “Unity through Diversity”

Ambassador Battle Meets with Socio-Cultural Expert to Discuss “Unity through Diversity”

Ambassador Michael Battle with Dr. Selam Alemayo, Socio-Cultural Advisor at the Combined Joint Task Force -Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA)

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia – On November 17, 2011 U.S. Mission to the African Union (USAU) Ambassador Michael Battle met with Dr. Selam Alemayo, Socio-Cultural Advisor at the Combined Joint Task Force -Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) to discuss her recent visits throughout Ethiopia.  The Ambassador and Dr. Alemayo also discussed the importance of using educational experiences to create linkages with the African diaspora.  This “unity through diversity,” as it has been termed, seeks to create opportunities for young Africans to explore studies in sociology as well as faith and religious studies which, has allowed Dr. Alemayo, as an Ethio-American,  to illustrate to others the importance of going beyond borders and using ethnicity and religion to explore the social and cultural dynamics that cover the entire African continent.

As the former President of the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia, Ambassador Battle was extremely interested in speaking with Dr. Alemayo about her work and methods to encourage diversity studies programs at academic institutions on the African continent. The Ambassador stated that he hopes Dr. Alemayo’s work encourages other African youth to take up an interest in sociology and other related fields of research on the topic of social and cultural diversity.