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Diversity & Inclusion Vision and Mission


The School of International Service at American University is a leader in attracting students from historically underrepresented groups and in building an inclusive community that respects and values diversity of backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives.



As a top ten school of international affairs, SIS is committed to creating a more diverse next generation of leaders in the field of international relations.

SIS pursues this mission through the following actions:

  • Actively recruiting students from historically underrepresented groups through the creation of strategic partnerships and pipelines
  • Utilizing the SIS Exploring Identities event series, to invite all members of the SIS community to collaborate creatively in pooling the community's resources toward the goal of 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


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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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