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တနင်္လာ, May 23, 2022

Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, Maryland

ADMINISTRATOR POWER: Hello everybody. Thank you, Nathan, for that really brilliant speech. Thank you also for that introduction, and especially for all those kind things you said about me to the News-Letter. Nathan said, and I’m quoting here, “Power’s wisdom will be invaluable to the graduating class,” and that my speech, the one you’re about to hear right now, “will empower the graduates to make equitable and positive change.”

Nathan, maybe lower the bar a little bit! We aren’t all student Class Presidents who got our masters degrees in four years while simultaneously mentoring middle schoolers. Well done Nathan.

I would like to start by congratulating the honorary degree recipients. Huge thanks to President Daniels, to Chief Marshal Sunil Kumar, to Lou Forster, Chair of the Board of Trustees, and to Anika Penn, President of the Alumni Association for inviting me here and bestowing upon me this singular honor: delivering the commencement speech to the Johns Hopkins Class of 2022!

Blue Jays, be honest: How good does this moment feel?

Three months ago, you weren’t sure if you’d be stuck going back to virtual classes. But three weeks ago, you were partying with Meek Mill and housing Chicken-on-Stick—not Chicken-on-a-Stick, but Chicken-on-Stick—at Spring Fair.

သောကြာ, May 20, 2022 - 5:00pm

You graduate today from an institution born because basic rights were questioned. And because brave, courageous people fought the unjust forces of their time and demanded a new answer. Here in America and around the world, basic rights are still being questioned. In whatever way you choose, on whichever path you take, through whichever career you pursue, it is now your turn to demand a new answer.

ကြာသပတေး, May 12, 2022 - 1:30pm

Today, USAID is committing $20 million to launch lifesaving test-and-treat strategies targeting those at the highest risk of contracting COVID-19, while also planning to invest $200 million in a new fund to prevent future pandemics and strengthen health security. To the countries with lower vaccine coverage, the world stands ready to support you. This Summit should make that clear if it wasn’t clear before. Where you show leadership and political will, the global community will work to provide necessary doses and the support to get those doses into arms. The commitments announced here today will provide new momentum to help you accelerate your campaigns.

ကြာသပတေး, May 12, 2022 - 11:45am

Today, in response to the Biden Administration’s call, USAID’s Bureau of Policy Planning and Learning is eager to share with you how we intend to tackle the development and humanitarian challenges before us, with a reinvigorated focus on the generation and application of evidence. The Agenda includes nine agency-wide learning questions that give us a framework to better align our investments in evaluation, research, analysis, and other evidence-building activities with our vision for inclusive development.

သောကြာ, May 6, 2022 - 9:15pm

Young people’s contributions and leadership are critical to every major challenge we face today. From a global pandemic we are still living with to climate change, whose shocks to our systems, landscapes, and communities are intensifying every day to conflict around the world, which is not receding. It’s time to view young people as the leaders we know them to be.

သောကြာ, May 6, 2022 - 2:45pm

This conference, of course, takes on special resonance as a brutal heatwave grips much of the subcontinent, with record setting average temperatures reaching 45 degrees in Delhi, not much relief at night, I gather, and water coming out of taps hot to touch. Here in the United States, we are breaking records of our own and none worth bragging about.

ကြာသပတေး, May 5, 2022 - 6:30pm

I want to thank our colleagues, particularly those from the Asian Pacific American Employee Committee, the Office of the Chief Diversity Officer, and our Bureau for Policy, Planning and Learning for bringing this important event to life and giving us the space to reflect on the invaluable contributions of the AANHPI community to our Agency and our country’s history, but also to hold the mirror up to ourselves and ask if we’re doing enough to confront the hatred faced by Asian American and Pacific Islanders in our own lives, communities, and yes, our workplace.

ကြာသပတေး, May 5, 2022 - 5:15pm

President Biden was clear last year in directing all Federal Agencies to abandon any language that might exhibit or contribute to racism, xenophobia, or intolerance against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and I am committed to enshrining that guidance in the policy documents that guide our work.

ကြာသပတေး, May 5, 2022 - 4:45pm

For more than 30 years, USAID has supported the success of our Central Asian partners: Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. Over the past three decades, the United States has provided over $9 billion in direct assistance to support peace and security, governance reform, economic growth, and humanitarian needs across this dynamic region. 

ကြာသပတေး, May 5, 2022 - 9:15am

Today, I’m pleased to announce nearly $387 million in additional U.S. humanitarian assistance to Ukraine, bringing the total amount of humanitarian assistance we’ve provided since the war began to nearly $690 million. This is money that our partners will use to rapidly distribute food and cash to people in war torn areas, to help them access safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene kits, and critical medical supplies.

ဗုဒ္ဓဟူး, May 4, 2022 - 1:30pm

Artificial intelligence is poised to increase global GDP by 16 percent by 2030. But as we’ve seen in countries all over the world, democratic and authoritarian alike, artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms used in technology like facial recognition, data collection, and location tracking can be repurposed for digital repression. And while we should never underestimate the possibility or potency of repression, the solution is not to turn our backs on the promise of digitization, but doing everything in our power to manage the risks.

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Last updated: May 23, 2022

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