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Engaging with Diversity to Build Inclusion SIS Undergraduate Opportunities

Whether students have academic, professional, or personal interests in deepening their understanding of diversity, equity and inclusion during their undergraduate education, SIS offers a range of opportunities. Meaningful engagement with difference comes in the classroom and beyond in the form of living communities, student clubs, and workshops. While thematic areas like “Global Inequality and Development” offer a path toward deeper knowledge of equity, the ethos of service and social justice at SIS offer experiential opportunities to contribute to more equitable systems.

Students will find a range of ways to build skills of intercultural communication, antiracism, and leadership to create more inclusive communities both in and out of the classroom. With future sights on careers in international affairs, these skillsets will be invaluable for the next steps in their journeys.

35 percent

of SIS undergrads identify as U.S.-born students of color

Battery Dance Company


SIS Alumnus Fosters Intercultural Connection Through Dance

Dance and other art forms are not often thought of as important tools in building international and intercultural relations, but the arts can play a vital role in facilitating conversation and collaboration across borders, languages, and beliefs.

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Course Spotlight

Borders, Migrants and Refugees in the 21st CenturySpring 2024 Taught by Professor Anthony Fontes

The twenty-first century has witnessed record numbers of people migrating in search of security and prosperity. Displacement and migration within and across national borders are linked to intensifying crises of inequality and violence, and governed by increasingly draconian legal regimes as rich nations seek to keep (some) migrants out. Focusing in on human movement and mobility in the Americas (among other regions), this course offers a deep dive into the socioeconomic, political, environmental, racial, and gendered dynamics that drive migration decisions and determine who gets to stay and who gets deported. 


Horace Bartilow

Professor Spotlight

Professor Horace Bartilow teaches SIS 330-005 "Endogenous Forces in the Formation of American Foreign Policy" in Fall 2023.

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Equity: Scholarships Available

Alpha Kappa Alpha Educational Advancement Foundation (AKA EAF) offers scholarships for undergraduate students who are sophomores and above based on merit or financial need. Multiple opportunities exist with deadlines in March and April each year.  

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Diversity: Regional Courses Offerings

SIS has increased undergraduate regional course offerings, especially in Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. 

A list of regional course offerings across AU is now available. Cross-check this list with the course schedule to identify courses offered during a term.

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SIS Student Helps Foster Belonging at AU

Barbara Taylor, SIS/MA '22

I have the opportunity to co-create spaces that shift our worldviews.

Working in the Intergroup Dialogue program at AU’s Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI), I have learned how to create space for students to explore their identities and grow through the discomfort of addressing difficult topics. Dialogues are also spaces for marginalized communities to engage on pressing issues they face.

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