Congressman Crowley, Ambassador Susan Rice Kick Off the New School Year at Bronx High School

September 16, 2011
Press Release

(Bronx, N.Y.) – On Friday, September 16th, Congressman Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx) welcomed one of the United States’ most senior diplomats, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Susan E. Rice, for an engaging discussion with students at Harry S. Truman High School in Co-op City on the importance of public service and engaging in international affairs. 

“Ambassador Rice is one of our nation’s most important diplomats, and welcoming someone of her stature to Truman High School in the Bronx is a great honor,” said Rep. Crowley.

A member of President Obama’s cabinet, Ambassador Rice has worked at the United Nations (UN) to advance U.S. interests, defend universal values, strengthen the world’s common security and prosperity, and promote respect for human rights.

During the event, Rep. Crowley and Ambassador Rice addressed questions from the students on a host of issues, including genocide, the Middle East peace process, and UN engagement with non-democratic countries.

“The students were engaged in our discussion and asked the Ambassador a lot of great questions about the most pressing issues facing the world around us,” said Rep. Crowley. “I know Ambassador Rice was as impressed by the students as they were with her. I hope this inspires students to consider a future working to make our world a better place."

Ambassador Rice’s visit is part of Rep. Crowley’s effort to introduce Cabinet officials to the residents of New York’s 7th Congressional District. Recently, he welcomed U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano to the district, and earlier this year, he invited U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to the Bronx for his annual Black History Month event. Last year, Crowley joined then-Commerce Secretary Gary Locke in a discussion about the census in Queens. 

Congressman Crowley is a seven-term representative from the 7th Congressional District of New York, which includes sections of Queens and the Bronx. He is a member of the Ways and Means Committee and is a chief deputy whip in the Democratic leadership of the U.S. House of Representative. Having served six terms on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Crowley is a leading voice on a number of international issues including the Middle East and U.S. relations with countries such as India, Bangladesh, Burma and Ireland.