The SIS Exploring Identities Series is an event series that raises awareness about diversity issues in international affairs, expands career pathways of historically underrepresented students, and creates a more inclusive community.
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 or groups 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.
Past events include:
- How to Create Greater Understanding Across Race & Ethnicity
- Women of Color in International Affairs
- Why is the Field of International Affairs So White? An SIS Community Dialogue
- First Generation Faculty Share Their Professional Pathways
- Military Experiences in the SIS Classroom
The 3rd Annual International Affairs Expo connected over 80 SIS students with professionals and organizations that share their commitment to diversity in the field of international affairs. Students engaged with professionals in a speed mentoring session and visited organizational reps at tables during a reception. Save the date for the 4th Annual Expo on Feb. 7, 2018!
The SIS Dean's Advisory Council on Diversity and Inclusion is charged by the SIS Dean to focus on a specific aspect of diversity and inclusion needs each academic year. With representation from across roles in the school, including administrators, faculty, staff, and graduate and undergraduate students, the Council brings a holistic approach to the needs of the community. During academic year 2017-18, the Council is working on the theme of students, curriculum and inclusion.
Current Members of the Advisory Council
- Patrick Thaddeus Jackson, Co-Chair; Associate Dean, Curriculum & Learning
- Rebecca Coughlin, Co-Chair; Director, SIS Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives; Assoc. Dir. Graduate Enrollment Management
- Ubah Aden, Undergraduate Advisor
- Nikia Brown, Graduate Assistant for Diversity & Inclusion; Graduate Student
- Jonathan Fox, Professor
- Candace Gibson, Program Coordinator for International Development
- Felipe Herrera, Undergraduate Student Council President; Undergraduate Student
- Amanda Taylor, Program Director for Intercultural and International Communication; Professorial Lecturer