Building Skills of Inclusion and Equity Graduate Student Opportunities

Graduate students who want to diversify their networks, build skills of inclusion, or improve their equity-mindedness during their program of study will find a range of options at SIS. The curriculum offers pathways to build a deeper knowledge of diversity and equity, while networking events, leadership positions, and professional development experiences provide opportunities to learn and practice skills related to inclusion, antiracism, and intercultural communication. As future leaders, graduate students will play a vital role in creating a field that better represents society’s diversity and includes people who understand how to create a more equitable and just world.

Nazanin Sadati, SIS/MA ’23; Nandar Tun, SIS/MA ’23; and Jordan Grandt, SIS/MA ’23 at USIP during the Mentorship Kick-Off event.

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USIP and SIS Launch Mentoring Partnership Focused on Peacebuilding Careers

The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) and SIS inaugurated a partnership in fall 2022 to provide mentorship from USIP experts to graduate students focused on careers in peacebuilding.

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Careers in Foreign Service

At SIS, the Diplomatic Fellows Association (DFA) creates a global network of past and present fellows dedicated to promoting peace, understanding, and effective communication in the representation of the US. These SIS students and alumni come from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds and share the experience of completing their graduate education at SIS and an interest in supporting future fellows. The fellows come from the Thomas R. Pickering, Charles B. Rangel, and Donald M. Payne Fellowship Programs and go on to foreign service careers in the US Department of State and USAID. Prospective students interested in pursuing these fellowship programs may contact any of the current SIS Fellows through their profiles.

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First-Gen Pioneers Group

Were you first in your family to graduate from college? Are you the first to pursue a career in international affairs? Are you forging a new path and looking for a community to support you along the way?

Check out SIS’s new offering for first-generation grad students to find:

  • fellow first gen pioneers
  • some tips and tricks for navigating grad school and the field
  • advice from those who were once in your shoes
  • resources that can help you maximize your grad school experience and plan your next steps

The First-Gen Pioneers Group is part social, part professional, and complete reassurance that yes, you are a vital voice in our community and our profession. Join us—as your schedule allows—for monthly meetings facilitated by SIS Dean’s Advisory Council on Diversity & Inclusion Co-Chair Rebecca Coughlin. Find out more.

25 percent

of incoming fall 2023 SIS grad students are first-generation college students


Military Community: Pat Tillman Scholars Application

The Pat Tillman Scholars Program is currently accepting applications. U.S. active duty military, veterans and spouses are eligible to apply for this prestigous award and recognition. Becoming a Tillman Scholar connects you with an amazing community for life! Deadline is February 1, 2024.  


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Center for Latin America and Latino Studies

For students interested in deepening their knowledge of cutting edge topics across Latin America or throughout Latino communities in the U.S., the Center offers public events, working papers, and more. Join their listserv to stay up to date and learn about opportunities to get involved in research projects. 

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Courses Spotlight: Power and Practice in Development

This multi-disciplinary course examines development on both macro and micro levels. Learn to think critically about the social categories and stakeholders across which power is distributed and that impact development processes and programs within countries. SIS 636.


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Emphasizing Inclusion at School and at Work

Elena Hoffman, SIS/MA '22

In my courses, we are never looking at a question or challenge in just one way.

An important part of SIS's EPHR program is looking at issues from multiple angles and asking the question of who are we forgetting in these conversations. This is similar to the types of questions we ask at the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES).

Learn more about Hoffman's time as an inclusion intern as well as her experience working with an SIS alumna at IFES.