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Diversity and Inclusion at SIS


Contact: Rebecca Davis

Director, SIS Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives

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SIS Students on Quad

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

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Rangel Fellows Overwhelmingly Choose SIS for Grad School Preparation for the Foreign Service

Earlier this fall, five of the ten Charles B. Rangel Fellows currently enrolled in graduate programs at SIS shared stories from their summer internships with the State Department around the world. Whether they interned in Brazil or Mozambique or Thailand, themes about important professional skills quickly emerged from the stories they shared. Flexibility; understanding norms of different cultures; strong writing skills; foreign language ability; and a good sense of humor all proved to be vital for these students. 

Nearly half of the Fall 2012 cohort of Charles B. Rangel Fellows chose to study at the School of International Service with nine out of 20 fellows across the country entering graduate programs at the School. With an additional Rangel Fellow entering SIS in the Fall 2013 cohort, SIS currently hosts 25% of all enrolled Rangel Fellows in the country for the 2013-14 academic year.

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The SIS Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion

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. Read 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.


SIS has become the first DC area school in the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA) to join the GAP Consortium.

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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.

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