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 Education 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 heterogeneous world. Hundreds of academic leaders added their names and their call to action was featured in an op-ed in Inside Higher Ed.

In March 2021, Carla Koppell co-authored a report for the Council on Foreign Relations on why and how to transform international affairs education to address diversity, equity and inclusion. The report argues that insufficient leadership, outdated curricula, and alienating school climates leave future foreign policy experts ill prepared to address the social forces contributing to fragility and unrest globally. 

In 2022, the University Leadership Council continues its conversations about reforming curricula, culture, and school composition. 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 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.

View the list of participating Deans and adminstrators on the 2021-2022 Membership page

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