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Diversity and Inclusion at SIS


Contact: Rebecca Davis

Director, SIS Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives

SIS 112C


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SIS Diversity Exploring Identities Action Feet

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

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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. Today’s complex issues and challenges require innovative ideas and perspectives of people from different backgrounds, cultures, and places along with the skills to engage successfully with these differences.

SIS understands its position as a top ten school of international affairs as an opportunity to prepare a more diverse next generation of leaders in the field that is well-equipped to see differences as a pathway to greater creativity and capacity.  Read more about the SIS vision for diversity and inclusion.

First Generation Faculty Share Professional Pathways in Latest Exploring Identities Event

SIS Diversity First Generation Event

On Tuesday, October 20th, 2015, students gathered to hear the stories of SIS faculty members who identified themselves as first generation. This particular 'Exploring Identities' event brought together students and faculty in an intimate environment where students engaged with professors about similar experiences as first generation 'go-getters and dream-chasers,' oftentimes doing things that were considered unconventional in their spaces of familiarity. The event helped participants make connections between first generations SIS students, faculty, and staff. Some shared their stories about being the first in their family to leave their towns and go to university. Read more.

SIS Community Dialogue Explores Race and Ethnicity

SIS students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends gathered for a community dialogue on "How to Create Greater Understanding across Race and Ethnicity" in the Abramson Family Founders Room. This dialogue was part of the SIS Exploring Identities Series, which works to increase awareness of diversity-related issues throughout the School and to help individuals build greater capacity and ownership for creating an increasingly inclusive environment. Read more.

NEW! Exploring Identities  2015-16 Events

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This year's SIS Exploring Identities event series will focus on women, LGBTQ, first generation college, veteran, racial/ethnic minority identities and more...

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What is the Global Access Pipeline (GAP)?

International students at commencement

SIS and GAP provide networking opportunities for historically underrepresented students and to expose younger students to professional pathways in international affairs.

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2014-15    SIS Exploring Identities Events

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The Series' events in 2014-15 included a focus on race/ethnicity; LGBTQ; first generation college; Veterans, and other identities. See the full list.

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Funding Opportunities

Unique funding opportunities are available to students from historically underrepresented groups for graduate education and international experiences. Learn 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.


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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