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The SIS Exploring Identities Event Series


Rebecca Davis

Contact: Rebecca Coughlin

Director, SIS Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives

SIS 112C


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The SIS Exploring Identities Series is an event series that expands career pathways of historically underrepresented students and creates a more inclusive community.

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Extend your world. Expand the Possibilities

The SIS Exploring Identities Series provides space to consider the impact of missing voices in the field of international affairs. In bringing together members of the SIS community from across all identity groups, the School can explore what is possible when the field becomes more inclusive of historically underrepresented groups.

Each installment of the Series focuses on a particular identity group while encouraging all members of the community to use these events as opportunities to interact with people from different backgrounds. The Series aims to increase the culture of inclusion at SIS while also preparing SIS alumni to approach their future careers with a sharper eye toward inclusive practices in their work environments. Read more about the Series.


Exploring Identities: Women of Color in International Affairs

Women in IR

"We felt empowered, encouraged, and better able to compete!"

On a February evening in the Spring, 2015 semester,six accomplished SIS alumnae gathered with a group of over 50 students to talk about their career paths and their experiences as women of color in the field of international affairs. The alumnae shared tips about navigating the field of international relations, searching for jobs, and managing stress in between opportunities.

With a balance of humor, exasperation, and mutual understanding, students and alumnae alike shared stories of what it is like to be the only one who looks like them in professional or academic settings. In a large group conversation, they shared strategies related to navigating their underrepresented identities around both gender and race/ethnicity; anecdotes about finding mentors and networks of support; and, most powerfully, stories of triumphant success that left everyone feeling inspired as the event closed. Read more.

SIS Community Dialogue:  How to Create Greater Understanding across Race and Ethnicity

SIS Diversity MLK Dialogue with Students

Members of the SIS community gathered in the SIS Founders Room on the Tuesday after Dr. Martin Luther King Day for an open and honest conversation about race relations.

The event was motivated by events around the country over the past several months, including Ferguson, New York, and Cincinnati and by the need to crate space for constructive reflection and conversation among students, staff and faculty. After a brief introduction by the facilitators, students portrayed four brief vignettes highlighting some of the themes that had been prevalent in the media but rarely allowed space for complexity or nuance. Following the vignettes, participants moved into small group conversations that focused on one of four themes: identifying implicit bias, breaking down stereotypes, understanding perception differences, and being an ally. Read more.

SIS Exploring Identities Event: International Affairs Expo

SIS Diversity Event:  International Affairs Expo 2017

The 3rd Annual International Affairs Expo included 32 professionals who came to campus to participate in the speed mentoring session and 16 organizations with a commitment to diversity that attended the tabling session.

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What is the Global Access Pipeline (GAP)?

International students at commencement

SIS and GAP provide networking opportunities for historically underrepresented students and to expose younger students to professional pathways in international affairs.

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