Expand AU Menu

Diversity and Inclusion at SIS


Contact: Rebecca Davis

Director, SIS Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives

SIS 112C


Get Involved!

SIS Diversity Exploring Identities Action Feet

SIS Connections is a network that expands pathways of historically underrepresented students and creates a more inclusive community.

Read More

In the global context of the 21st Century, SIS believes a diverse population and an inclusive school climate are essential components for preparation to work in the field of international relations. Today’s complex issues and challenges require both the innovative ideas and perspectives of people from different backgrounds, cultures, and places and the skills to engage successfully with these differences. SIS understands its position as a top ten school of international affairs as an opportunity to prepare a more diverse next generation of leaders in the field that is well-equipped to see differences as a portal to greater creativity and capacity.  Read more about the SIS vision for diversity and inclusion.

About the SIS Exploring Identities Series

SIS Exploring Identities Dialogue for MLK Day 2015

SIS students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends gathered for a community dialogue on "How to Create Greater Understanding across Race and Ethnicity" in the Abramson Family Founders Room.

SIS Exploring Identities Series

SIS Exploring Identities Symbol

Events throughout the year highlight underrepresented identities and raise the level of conversation about what it takes to create a truly inclusive environment.

Read More

What is the Global Access Pipeline (GAP)?

SIS Diversity Global Access Pipeline Graphic

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

Learn More

Funding Opportunities

Unique funding opportunities are available to students from historically underrepresented groups for graduate education and international experiences. Learn more.


What does SIS mean by "historically underrepresented groups?"

SIS recognizes that certain demographic groups have been underrepresented in graduate education and international affairs because of social and economic structures that have denied them access. These historically underrepresented groups have particular experiences and perspectives that deserve our focused attention and targeted support. These include, but are not limited to, domestic students of color, first generation college students, veterans, and low-income students as well as women in regard to leadership roles.


languages are spoken by current SIS graduate students. 
Interested in learning a language and traveling abroad?  Check out the Boren Fellowship and other opportunities through the Office of Merit Awards.

Learn More