Diversity Initiative in Foreign Policy

Conference on Diversity in International Affairs 2013

About the Conference

CFR hosted the first Conference on Diversity in International Affairs in collaboration with the Global Access Pipeline (GAP) and the International Career Advancement Program (ICAP) on April 26–27, 2013 in Washington, DC. The event was designed to connect professionals and students from underrepresented backgrounds with career opportunities in international affairs and included plenary and breakout sessions on a variety of topics:

Plenary Sessions
• A View from the State Department
• International Cooperation at NASA

Breakout Sessions

• World Demographics and Economic Challenges
• "Speed Networking" Activity
• Strengthening Negotiation and Presentation Skills
• Defining Your Brand: Making Your Mark in International Careers
• U.S. Education and Global Competitiveness
• Scholarships and Fellowships in International Affairs Careers
• Making Yourself Marketable for International Careers
• Getting Things Done in Washington: Public-Private Perspectives
• Congress and U.S. Foreign Policy
• Study Abroad and Funding Opportunities
• Strengthening Professional Writing Skills
• Recruiting Diverse Talent in International Careers

Conference on Diversity in International Affairs Agenda (PDF)

Rapporteur's Reports for the Conference on Diversity in International Careers (PDF)

CFR Convenes Conference to Encourage Diversity in International Affairs, The Chronicle, June 2013 (PDF)

The conference was made possible by the generous support of the Robina Foundation. Additional support for the conference was provided by the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs, the NEA Foundation, and OIC International.

A Conversation with Charles F. Bolden

Charles F. Bolden Jr., Administrator, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, International Cooperation at NASA
Frank Klotz, Senior Fellow, Strategic Studies and Arms Control, Council on Foreign Relations

A View from the State Department

 Carmen Lomellin, Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States, U.S. Department of State
Kimberly McClure, Foreign Services Office, State Department