Diversity & Inclusion at the School of International Service

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are Core Values

In the global context of the 21st century, a diverse population and an inclusive school climate are essential components of an international affairs education. Today’s complex issues require innovative ideas and perspectives of people from different backgrounds, cultures, and places.

As a top-10 school of international affairs, we have both an opportunity and a responsibility to prepare a more diverse generation of leaders who are well-equipped to see differences as a pathway to greater creativity, deeper learning, and an expanded capacity for impact.

35 percent U.S.-born students of color

19 percent international students

75 percent of classes offered after 5 p.m.

SIS Values at Work in the World

Books stacked with international flags.

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Geographic and Gender Bias in Undergraduate IR Teaching

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Cody Ragonese (SIS BA ’14) beside two BRO campers.

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Masculinity and Men’s Health

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Diversity & Inclusion at SIS

SIS is committed to creating a more diverse and better prepared generation of leaders in the field of international affairs. SIS pursues this mission through the following actions:

  • actively recruiting students from historically underrepresented groups through the creation of strategic partnerships and pipelines
  • offering programs and events to raise awareness about diversity and inclusion issues in the international affairs field and to invite all members of the SIS community to collaborate on expanding professional pathways of historically underrepresented students
  • preparing all students to successfully engage with a wide variety of people, ideas, cultures, and traditions
  • fostering a climate of relationship building and support to create an increasingly inclusive community among all who work and study at SIS
  • utilizing the SIS Dean’s Advisory Council on Diversity and Inclusion to identify and implement actionable improvements in the school’s diversity and inclusion each year
  • working under the umbrella of AU's Plan for Inclusive Excellence

Diversity & Inclusion in Action

With past events on topics including diverse curricula and underrepresented identities in study abroad, the SIS Diversity & Inclusion effort places a priority on the discussion around important issues.

Share your ideas

SIS wants to hear from you! Share your ideas for additional diversity and inclusion initiatives with Rebecca Coughlin, SIS Director of Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives.