RFG is supporting the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security (GIWPS) in its efforts to ensure that the emerging generation of public servants has a global mindset and an ability to address diversity, equity and inclusion in the practice of international affairs. As one of the foundation’s new institutional partners, a $25,000 grant will fund two projects:

  • The University Leadership Council for Diversity and Inclusion in International Affairs Education, which convenes deans and program directors of international affairs and public policy schools to address strategies to enhance DEI.
  • A nascent working group organized with members of the American Political Science Association (APSA) on Advancing Diversity and Inclusion in International Affairs Education and similar work with members of the International Studies Association (ISA) to connect and assist faculty interested in advancing the focus on diversity and inclusion issues at schools nationwide.

Attention to diversity, equity and inclusion are key to advancing peace and prosperity worldwide. Extensive experience, in‐depth research, and extended discussions underline that the ability to navigate diverse spaces and ideas, and to foster inclusion are core professional skills, particularly in the global arena. World‐class schools of international affairs should help students contemplate and navigate the heterogeneity of communities and countries and provide the next generation of public servants with this cultural competency.

This award will enhance graduate international relations education and training of future federal public service leaders by supporting the GIWPS initiatives to strengthen attention to diversity, equity and inclusion in international affairs graduate education. Strategies include creating fora for sharing work and experiences; identifying best practices and recommendations to disseminate; and consolidating resources to enable progress.

Attention to diversity and inclusion in foreign policy will advance quickly and effectively with more and better graduate school curricula and courses that enable students to understand the centrality of the topic to success in international affairs, and provide them with practical tools to advance the agenda in their careers. By boosting graduate international affairs curricula with adequate attention to these topics students will complete their studies better prepared to effectively confront today’s foreign policy challenges.

The projects are being led by GIWPS Senior Fellow Carla Koppell. For more information on these initiatives please contact Carla.

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