University Leadership Council on Diversity and Inclusion in International Affairs


Deans and directors of top U.S. graduate schools in international affairs and public policy participate in our University Leadership Council on Diversity and Inclusion in International Affairs to share best practices for promoting diversity and inclusion in graduate studies programs.

In 2019 this University Leadership Council released a series of recommendations to update global affairs education and better prepare graduates to navigate today’s increasingly heterogenous world. Over 200 academic leaders added their names and their call to action was featured in an oped in Inside Higher Ed.

In 2020 the University Leadership Council continues its conversations about reforming curricula, culture, and school composition. As the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbates existing inequalities, several ULC members joined our webinar on Ensuring Equity and Inclusion in Higher Education During COVID-19.

The University Leadership Council is comprised of academic leaders from Dartmouth College, Carnegie Mellon University, Columbia University, Dartmouth College, Emerson College, Georgetown University, George Washington University, Harvard University, Morehouse College, National War College, New York University, Princeton University, Texas A&M University, Tufts University, University of Denver, University of Minnesota, University of Pittsburgh, University of Texas, Austin, and the University of Washington.

The Council met throughout the 2018-2019 academic year and 2019-2020 academic year at Georgetown University to discuss strategies to integrate curricula; foster diversity among faculty, staff, and students; and cultivate an inclusive atmosphere in graduate schools. The Council considered how to increase equity and examined strategies and tactics that have been successful, as well as those that have disappointed, at their respective institutions.

The Council is led by Carla Koppell, distinguished fellow at Georgetown University’s Institute for Women, Peace and Security and former vice president at the United States Institute for Peace. To complement the work of the Council, Koppell convened leading academics and practitioners in Bellagio, Italy with the support of the Rockefeller Foundation to begin to develop an edited volume on diversity and inclusion in in conflict resolution and development and help identify other curricular tools. In July 2019 she hosted a “Bridging Theory and Practice” symposium at Georgetown to further advance this critical agenda.