The Recap: Ambassador Hervé H. Denis Hosts Haitian Millennials for a Private Residential Reception

On the afternoon of Saturday, August 10, 2019, Ambassador Hervé H. Denis/CDA hosted the Haitian Millennials living in the Washington Metropolitan area at the Residence for a private reception. The event assembled university students and young professionals in the fields of finance, law, government, medicine, public policy, international development, communications and more. The event was organized as an extension of the Embassy’s Diaspora Engagement initiative and has the potential to become a quarterly series.

Now, five months into his tenure, Ambassador Denis has made it a mission to connect firsthand with the Millennial Diaspora living in the area and learn about their aspirations and vision for Haiti. During his remarks, the Ambassador expressed “…Today, I welcome into Haiti’s home and encourage you to connect with the country not only through conversations and events but through measurable actions. It is estimated that more than half of the population in Haiti is under 35 years old. The millennial generation is the future of Haiti, and as sons and daughters of Haiti, you have so much you can offer. I know many of you have a desire to reconnect and engage with Haiti. Our mission at the Embassy is to provide a platform through which you can do so. The Embassy will be launching a number of initiatives around Diaspora engagement (and beyond) in the near future. Some include revamping the internship program, conducting roundtable discussions, hosting cultural events, and more. I encourage you to stay connected with Embassy. My doors are always open. I’m looking forward to continue getting to know each of you this afternoon.”

The afternoon continued with a meet and greet session with the Ambassador and a networking between the guests over a Haitian style barbeque featuring marinated chicken on the grill, grilled kabrit (goat), grilled corn on the cob with lime, parsley and grand marnier, marinated tomato slices, onions, garlic lime olive oil salad, rice and beans.

Photos from the evening are available here.

Photo Credit: Unsettled Productions

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