Call to Action: Enhance Diversity & Inclusion in International Affairs Education

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World-class schools of global studies must help students contemplate and navigate the heterogeneity of communities and countries.

Extensive experience, in-depth research, and extended discussions underline that a focus on diversity and inclusion is essential for leadership in international affairs.

Today, the ability to navigate diverse spaces and ideas, and to foster inclusion are core professional skills. Our schools must reflect the world around us, and provide students with this cultural competency.

To ensure a focus on diversity and inclusion, we recommend that universities, departments, and programs intentionally strive to:

  • Ensure a culture of inclusion where people of different backgrounds and perspectives thrive, including those of different socio-economic status; political perspective; sexes; races; religions; ethnicities; nationalities; ability statuses; gender identities; and sexual orientations.
  • Foster diversity among faculty, students, and staff so that the composition of school communities reflects the world around us, with its range of perspectives and priorities.
  • Broaden curricula to reflect and address how diversity affects international affairs and how inclusion benefits societies globally.

Particularly important to progress are:

  • Explicit leadership–in word and deed–across the scholarly community to celebrate and advance the focus on diversity and the emphasis on inclusion within our communities and across our coursework.
  • Recognition that school culture, composition, and curricula go hand-in-hand: diversity and inclusiveness must be prioritized in all three domains for durable progress to be achieved.
  • Intentionality in approach. The designation or appointment of responsible individuals, the creation of plans, and the tracking of progress are essential to transformation.

We invite and encourage colleagues to join us in strengthening the teaching and practice of international affairs.

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We welcome additional sign-on from deans, directors, professors and scholars in global affairs education in the US and around the world. Learn more about the University Leadership Council on Diversity and Inclusion in International Affairs that developed this call to action.

Over 220 academic leaders from 86 schools spanning 20 countries, including 31 deans and 4 provosts, have signed their names to date.

Signatories

Amitav Acharya, Professor, American University

Fiona Adamson, Associate Professor, SOAS, University of London, England

Fida Adely, Associate Professor, Georgetown University

Annjanette Alejano-Steele, Associate Dean, Metropolitan State University of Denver

Leigh Anderson, Marc Lindenberg Endowed Professor, Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Washington

Kyle Anderson, Senior Lecturer, College of Business, Clemson University

Christopher Ankersen, Clinical Associate Professor, Center for Global Affairs, New York University

Anthony Clark Arend, Professor, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

Sandra Archibald, Dean, Evans School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Washington

Ariel Armony, Vice Provost for Global Affairs, University of Pittsburgh

Deborah Avant, Professor, Josef Korbel School, University of Denver

Fanta Aw, Vice President of Campus Life & Inclusive Excellence and Hurst Senior Professorial Lecturer, School of International Service, American University

Eileen Babbitt, Professor of the Practice, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University

M. V. Lee Badgett, Professor, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Alexandra Bain, Associate Professor, Department of Religious Studies, St. Thomas University

Naazneen Barma, Associate Professor, Naval Postgraduate School

Diana Beck, Director of Academic Programs, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota

Andrew Bennett, Professor, Georgetown University

Marie Berry, Assistant Professor, Josef Korbel School, University of Denver

Thomas Biersteker, Professor and Director for Policy Research, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Switzerland

Pinar Bilgin, Professor, Bilkent University, Turkey

Gerardo Blanco, Assistant Professor, Neag School of Education, University of Connecticut

Mia Bloom, Professor, Communication, Middle East Studies Center, Georgia State University

Laura Bloomberg, Dean, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota

Marcelo Bohrt, Assistant Professor, School of International Service, American University

Michael J Bosia, Associate Professor, Saint Michael’s College of Vermont

Emily Bove, Instructor, University of Maryland

Reuben Brigety, Dean, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University

Robin Broad, Professor, School of International Service, American University

Jonathan A.C. Brown, Associate Professor and Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Chair of Islamic Civilization, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

Katrina Burgess, Associate Professor, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University

Melody Brown Burkins, Associate Director, John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding, Dartmouth

Jana Byars, Academic Director, SIT Amsterdam, Netherlands

Daniel Byman, Professor and Vice Dean, Georgetown University

Charles Call, Associate Professor, School of International Service, American University

Susanna Campbell, Assistant Professor, School of International Service, American University

Maria Cancian, Dean, McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University

Jennifer Capps, Dean, Metropolitan State University of Denver

Erin Carriere-Kretschmer, Visiting Associate Professor, College of Arts & Sciences, Trinity Washington University

Matthew Carnes, Director of the Center for Latin American Studies and Associate Professor, Department of Government and Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

Shaun Casey, Director, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, Georgetown University

Joshua Castellino, Professor and Former Dean, School of Law, Middlesex University London, England

Christine BN Chin, Dean, School of International Service, American University

Miguel A. Centeno, Vice Dean, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University

John Cerone, Visiting Professor, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University

Erica Chenoweth, Berthold Beitz Professor in Human Rights and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University

Patrick Christie, Professor, University of Washington

Patricia Cloonan, Dean, School of Nursing & Health Studies, Georgetown University

Julius Coles, Director, Andrew Young Center for Global Leadership (Retired), Morehouse College

Ken Conca, Professor, School of International Service, American University

Rebecca Coughlin, Co-Chair, SIS Dean’s Advisory Council on Diversity and Inclusion, School of International Service, American University

Mark Crescenzi, Professor, University of North Carolina

Mary Curtin, Diplomat in Residence, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota

Christian Davenport, Professor, University of Michigan

Rochelle Davis, Associate Professor, Georgetown University

Anjali Dayal, Assistant Professor, Fordham University

Maria De Jesus, Associate Professor, American University

George DeMartino, Professor, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver

Anil Deolalikar, Founding Dean, School of Public Policy, University of California, Riverside

Stephanie Doscher, Associate Director, Office of Global Learning Initiatives, Florida International University

Tim Dunne, Professor and Pro-Vice-Chancellor, University Queensland, Australia

Brent Durbin, Associate Professor, Smith College

David Edelstein, Associate Professor and Vice Dean of Faculty, Georgetown University

Mary Ellsberg, Professor and Director of the Global Women’s Institute, Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University

Angela Evans, Dean, LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas, Austin

Carol C. Fair, Provost’s Distinguished Associate Professor, Georgetown University

Theo Farrell, Executive Dean of Law, Humanities and the Arts, University of Wollongong, Australia

Christina Fattore, Associate Professor, West Virginia University

Lee Feinstein, Dean, Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies, Indiana University

Jonathan Fox, Director, Accountability Research Center, School of International Service, American University

Damon Freeman, Program Chair, History and African American Studies, University of Maryland Global Campus

Carolyn Gallaher, Senior Associate Dean, American University

Carolina Garriga, Lecturer, Department of Government, University of Essex, England

Christoph Giebel, Associate Professor, Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington

Desha Girod, Associate Professor, Georgetown University

Terri Givens, Provost and Professor, Menlo College, University of Texas at Austin

James Goldgeier, Professor and Former Dean, School of International Service, American University

Vicki L. Golich, Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs, Metropolitan State University of Denver

Ilene Grabel, Distinguished Professor, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver

Shirley Graham, Director of the Gender Equality Initiative in International Affairs, Elliott School of International Affairs,George Washington University 

Michael J. Green, Director of Asian Studies and Chair in Modern and Contemporary Japanese Politics and Foreign Policy, Georgetown University

William W. Grimes, Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, Boston University

Sumera Haque, Director, The Global Women’s Institute, George Washington University

Anders Hardig, Professorial Lecturer, School of International Service, American University

Christian Hardigree, Dean, School of Hospitality, Metropolitan State University of Denver

Heidi Hardt, Associate Professor, University of California, Irvine

Eric Hartman, Executive Director, Center for Peace and Global Citizenship, Haverford College

Virginia Haufler, Associate Professor, University of Maryland College Park

Jacqueline L. Hazelton, Assistant Professor, U.S. Naval War College

Gabrielle Hecht, Frank Stanton Foundation Professor of Nuclear Security, Stanford University

Joel Hellman, Dean, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

Errol Henderson, Associate Professor, Pennsylvania State University

Ryshell Henderson, Associate Professor, Northern Virginia Community College

Cullen Hendrix, Director, Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security and Diplomacy, University of Denver

Malik S. Henfield, Dean, School of Education, Loyola University Chicago

Michael C. Horowitz, Professor and Associate Director, Perry World House, University of Pennsylvania

Lise Morjé Howard, Associate Professor, Georgetown University

Judy Howard, Professor, University of Washington

Nikitah Imani, Professor, University of Nebraska-Omaha

Merit Janow, Dean, School of Public and International Affairs, Columbia University

Ian Johnstone, Acting Dean, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University

Seth Jolly, Associate Professor, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University

Jeet Joshee, Dean, College of Continuing and Professional Education, California State University Long Beach

Miles Kahler, Distinguished Professor, American University

Morgan Kaplan, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University

Mitch Kaneda, Senior Associate Dean and Director of Undergraduate Program, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

Reşat Kasaba, Director, Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington

Josephine Kearney, Professor, Genesee Community College

John Keeler, Dean, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh

Ibram Kendi, Professor, American University

Sanjeev Khagram, Dean, Thunderbird School of Global Management, Arizona State University

Charles King, Professor and Chair, Department of Government, Georgetown University

Nektaria Klapaki, Lecturer, Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington

Audie Klotz, Professor, The Maxwell School, Syracuse University

Jeni Klugman, Managing Director, Institute for Women, Peace and Security, Georgetown 

University

Jonathan Koppell, Dean, Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions, Arizona State University

Ramayya Krishnan, Dean, Heinz College Of Information Systems And Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University

Rachel Kyte, Dean Elect, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University

Sabine Lang, Associate Professor, Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington

Theresa de Langis, Associate Professor, American University of Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Huong Le Thu, Visiting Fellow, Strategic and Defence Studies Center, Australian National University, Australia

Brett Ashley Leeds, Professor, Rice University

Peggy Lewis, Executive Dean, School of Business and Graduate Programs and the School of Professional Studies, Trinity Washington University

Theresa Loar, Lecturer, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University

Meredith Loken, Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Rob Maat, Senior International Officer, Windesheim University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands

Jade Madrid, Librarian, Georgetown University

Pardis Mahdavi, Professor and Director, School of Social Transformation, Arizona State University

Jane Marcus-Delgado, Professor, College of Staten Island, City University of New York

Frederick Mayer, Dean, Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver

Sithembile Mbete, Lecturer, University of Pretoria, South Africa

R. David McHardy, President, Algonquin College, Kuwait

Nancy McEldowney, Director, Masters of Science in Foreign Service, Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

Patricia McGuire, President, Trinity Washington University

Karen McGuinness, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University

Kathleen R. McNamara, Professor, Georgetown University

Claudia Escobar Mejía, Centennial Fellow, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

Sarah E. Mendelson, Distinguished Service Professor of Public Policy, Head of Heinz College in DC, Carnegie Mellon University

Stephen Meyers, Assistant Professor, University of Washington, Seattle

Carmen Iezzi Mezzera, Executive Director, Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs

Alexandra Middleton, Visiting Professor, University of Oulu, Finland

James Millward, Professor, Georgetown University

Guamguami Mohammed, Professor, Mohammed First University, Morocco

Kimberly Monroe, Assistant Professor of Global Affairs, Trinity Washington University

Anna Deeny Morales, Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University

Theodore Moran, Professor, Georgetown University

Dani Nedal, Post-Doctoral Fellow and Researcher, Carnegie Mellon University

Abraham Newman, Professor, Georgetown University

Carlota Ocampo, Provost, Trinity Washington University

Karen O’Connor, Distinguished Professor, American University

Chantal de Jonge Oudraat, President, Women In International Security, George Washington University

T.V. Paul, James McGill Professor of International Relations, McGill University, Canada

Elizabeth Parmelee, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Metropolitan State University of Denver

Marina Pereira, Associate Dean, CLAS, Metropolitan State University of Denver

Randolph Persaud, Associate Professor, American University

Allen Petriebon, Assistant Professor of Global Affairs, Trinity Washington University

Jon Pevehouse, Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Brian J. Phillips, Senior Lecturer, Department of Government, University of Essex, England

Sharon Pickering, Dean, Faculty of Arts, Monash University, Australia

Anthony Pinder, Associate Vice President, Internationalization & Global Engagement, Emerson College

Anna Powles, Senior Lecturer, Massey University, New Zealand

Elisabeth Prügl, Professor, Graduate Institute, Geneva, Switzerland

George Psacharopoulos, Adjunct Professor, Global Human Development Program, Georgetown University

Ratu Ayu Asih Kusuma Putri, Deputy Head, International Relations Department, Bina Nusantara University Indonesia, Indonesia

Steven Radelet, Distinguished Professor of the Practice, Georgetown University

Fatima Radhouani, Professor, University of Tunis ElManar, Tunisia

Sita Ramamurti, Dean, College of Arts & Sciences, Trinity Washington University

Malini Ranganathan, Assistant Professor, School of International Service, American University

Chen Reis, Director, Humanitarian Assistance Program, Josef Korbel School, University of Denver

Roberto Chyou Ren-Rang, Dean, College of International Affairs, National Chengchi University, Taiwan

Hilde Eliassen Restad, Associate Professor, Bjorknes University College, Norway

Jesse Ribot, Professor, American University

Susan Harris Rimmer, Associate Professor, Griffith University

Rachel Sullivan Robinson, Associate Professor, School of International Service, American University

Cecilia Rouse, Dean, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University

Maria Rost Rublee, Associate Professor, Monash University, Australia

Sheila Rucki, Professor, Metropolitan State University of Denver

Lisa Schirch, Visiting Scholar, George Mason University

Madison Schramm, Fellow, Institute for Women, Peace and Security, Georgetown University

Michael Schroeder, Associate Dean for Masters Education, School of International Service, American University

Mary Hope Schwoebel, Associate Professor, Nova Southeastern University, Australia

Daniel Serwer, Professor and Director of American Foreign Policy and Conflict Management, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies

Gerard Sheehan, Executive Associate Dean, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University

Susan Shepler, Associate Professor, School of International Service, American University

Arlene Sgoutas, Interim Dean, College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, Metropolitan State University of Denver

Rosemary Shinko, Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Education, American University

Meaghan Shoemaker, Policy Analyst, Queen’s University Kingston, Canada

Adam Sichta, Director of Global Engagement, Office of International Education, University of Texas Arlington

Katrin Sieg, Professor, Georgetown University

Anne Simmons-Benton, Executive Director – Global Business Strategy and Development, Arizona State University

David M. Van Slyke, Dean, The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University

Amy Erica Smith, Professor, Iowa State University

Jacqueline Speedy, Associate Dean, Carnegie Mellon University

Paul Staniland, Associate Professor and Faculty Chair, Committee on International Relations, University of Chicago

Anne Steen, Executive Director, SFS Career Center, Georgetown University

Niklaus Steiner, Director, Center for Global Initiatives, University of North Carolina

James Stocker, Associate Professor of International Affairs and Executive Director, Trinity Global Leadership Initiative, Trinity Washington University

Sarah Stroup, Associate Professor, Middlebury College

Dara Strolovitch, Professor, Princeton University

Jordan Tama, Associate Professor, School of International Service, American University

Kai M. Thaler, Assistant Professor, University of California, Santa Barbara

Cameron G. Thies, Professor, Director of School of Politics and Global Studies, Arizona State University, President of the International Studies Association (ISA)

Thomas Tieku, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, King’s University College-Western University, Canada

Jennifer Tobin, Associate Professor, McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University

Colleen B. Toomey, Senior Associate Dean, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

Ann Towns, Professor of Political Science, University of Gothenburg

Rebecca Trammell, Associate Dean, Metropolitan State University of Denver

Jacqui True, Professor, Monash University

Robert Vitalis, Professor, University of Pennsylvania

Donna Weeks, Professor and Chair, Department of Political Science, Musashino University, Japan

Jessica Weeks, Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Mark A. Welsh, Dean, Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University

Alexandre White, Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins

Wanda Wigfall-Williams, Assistant Professor, American University

Nathalie Williams, Associate Professor, University of Washington

Kimberley Wilson, Lecturer, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University

Hope H Windle, Community Development Lead, COIL Center of Virtual Exchange, State University of New York

Holly Wise, Associate Professor, Global Human Development Program, Georgetown University

Tamara Cofman Wittes, Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University

Eduardo Vélez Bustillo, Adjunct Professor, Global Human Development Program, Georgetown University

Melanne Verveer, Director, Institute for Women, Peace and Security, Georgetown University

Štěpánka Zemanová, Associate Professor, University of Economics, Prague, Czech Republic

Uzra Zeya, Senior Non-Resident Fellow, Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, Georgetown University