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Diversity and Inclusion at SIS


Rebecca Davis

Contact: Rebecca Coughlin

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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Next Exploring Identities Event

Islamophobia in Post Election America: Reconciling Political and Religious Identities

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Why Diversity Matters at SIS

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.

SIS Hosts 2nd Annual International Affairs Expo

SIS Diversity Speed Mentoring International Affairs Expo

On Wednesday, March 30th, SIS hosted its Second Annual International Affairs Expo connecting students and organizations that share a commitment to diversity. Approximately 100 students, alumni and professional mentors gathered for an evening of networking, mentorship, and information sharing. Just one event in the popular SIS Exploring Identities Series, the International Affairs Expo constructed a bridge between students from underrepresented groups and organizations, ultimately fostering an increase in the students’ social capital. 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.

SIS International        Affairs Expo- Feb. 9th!

International Affairs Expo in action

An interactive event connecting students and organizations with a shared interest in diversity and inclusion in international affairs

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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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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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