Welcome to INR 3030! I will be writing more emails to you before I have the pleasure to meeting you personally on Tuesday at 9:30 AM in CP 101. This is my first email to say hello, thank you for giving me the privilege to work with you as we explore the world of diplomacy. I am making final changes to the syllabus. It should be in final draft by Tuesday so that we can discuss it. I am making some minor changes based on recommendations from past students and based on my own observations of what has worked well. Keep this in mind and help me improve the class for those who come after you. As a way of introduction, attached is my bio and some articles about my work in diplomacy as a 23 year veteran of the U.S. Foreign Service. This will give you an idea of what a typical American diplomat does. Use me for my experience. You should also start familiarizing yourself with the website www.state.gov. We will use this website for readings and class discussions as the Department of State is the Foreign Affairs branch of the federal government under the direction of my current boss, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. As a way to initiate our dialogue, I would like you to respond to this email by Monday at 6 PM with brief welldrafted answers to the following questions: 1. Why are you taking this class? 2. Identify something you would like to learn in this class? [note: This will help me ensure that I meet your expectations and make the experience positive for both of us.] On Tuesday you will also hear about attendance. The subject is also in the syllabus. You are permitted to miss a maximum of three classes before your grade is adversely affected. You may use the three absences for any unforeseen events. I do not accept any excused after the three absences and you do not have to explain your reason for your three absences. You cannot miss any of our quiz days, however as I do not offer makeups. What will happen is that your lowest quiz score will be dropped but if you missed one, that would be your lowest score. The reason for underscoring the importance of attendance is that your learning experience in INR 3030 will be based on what transpires in class and in the additional sessions and events I will ask that you attend. There will be some required sessions outside our regular class meetings. This class is about learning about the world of diplomacy and exposing you to diplomats from the United
States and from other countries. I assure you it will be a class like no other. This is why your attendance is essential to your learning experience and performance. By the end of the class you
Welcome to INR 3030! (Cont’d) should have a better realistic picture of what world diplomacy is all about and what diplomats actually do. I hope the class will spark your interest to read more about diplomacy. I would also like to identify the international students in our class. I consider each international student our own student diplomats from your countries of origin. It is also an opportunity for all of us to learn from you and for us to be able help make your international experience more enjoyable. These international programs is one of the most important, and successful, tool of diplomacy. If you are an international student let me know when you answer the two questions above. You should know that there is tremendous interest in this class. There is a long list of students who have asked for permission numbers. Sadly, we cannot accommodate everyone. Therefore, if you are thinking of dropping the class, please do so quickly so that the students who take your place will not miss anything. We will have a seating chart to help me get to know each of you and to facilitate tracking your attendance. Please arrive early on Tuesday if seat location is important to you. The classroom has seven rows and each row is six desks deep. I will use dry markers often so if you need to be close to the board, please come early and sit in the front row. I would also like to introduce you to my volunteer student assistant, Mercedes Cabrera. Mercy is one of my former students. She is also the President of the International Relations Honor Society, Sigma Iota Rho. She will be sending you information on this important student organization. If you qualify to join, I urge you join. Their activities will enhance your learning experience at FIU. Martha Rodriguez and Luz Avilez are the two other persons in the Department of Politics and International Relations you should know. Their emails are listed above. I also urge every student to join both my Facebook page and the Facebook page I created to post assignments, events, and useful information for INR 3030 students. That Facebook group is “FIU Diplomacy INR 3030.” Sometimes students do not receive direct emails because of Spam Filters which is why I post important messages and assignments on Facebook. You should
adjust your Spam Filter to accept emails from email@example.com which is the email I will use to send messages throughout the semester.
Welcome to INR 3030! (Cont’d) It will be an honor to work with you. I expect that you will have a wonderful experience in my class.
(Mr.) Hilarion "Lari" Martinez U.S. Department of State Diplomat in Residence at Florida International University and Miami Dade College Department of Politics and International Relations School of International Relations and Public Affairs Florida International University University Park, DM431A 11200 S.W. 8th Street Florida International University Miami, Florida 33199 HilarionMartinez@gmail.com