Diversity Initiative in Foreign Policy

Conference on Diversity in International Affairs 2016

About the Conference

Conference Participants

CFR hosted the fourth annual Conference on Diversity in International Affairs in collaboration with the Global Access Pipeline (GAP) and the International Career Advancement Program (ICAP) on April 15–16, 2016 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 Conversation with Kalpen Modi
• Gender and Violent Extremism: The Role of Women as Victims and Perpetrators
• Making A Difference: Opportunities for International Service

Breakout Sessions
• The Future of Water 
• Mid-Career Fellowships
• Speed Networking
• Virtual Branding and Storytelling
• Ebola, Zika, and Public Health Crises: How to Respond
• Working in International Affairs as a Diverse Professional: Reflections from the Field
• Advising Political Campaigns
• Honing Your Writing Skills for Professional Success

Conference on Diversity in International Affairs Agenda (PDF)

The conference was made possible by the generous support of the Robina Foundation.

A Conversation with Kalpen Modi

Kalpen Modi, Actor; Former Associate Director, White House Office of Public Engagement
Reuben Brigety II, Adjunct Senior Fellow for African Peace and Security Issues, Council on Foreign Relations; Dean, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University; Former U.S. Representative to the African Union
Jan Mowder Hughes, Vice President, Human Resources and Administration, Council on Foreign Relations

Gender and Violent Extremism: The Role of Women as Victims and Perpetrators

John Campbell, Ralph Bunche Senior Fellow for Africa Policy Studies, Council on Foreign Relations; Former United States Ambassador to Nigeria
Catherine Powell, Fellow, Women and Foreign Policy, Council on Foreign Relations; Former Director, Human rights, National Security Council
Presider: Shireen Hunter, Visiting Scholar, Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Georgetown University

Making A Difference: Opportunities for International Service

Ruth A. Davis, Former Director General, United States Foreign Service
Teresa Chaurand, Director, Intergovernmental and External Affairs, United States Peace Corps
Presider: Nicole Lamb-Hale, Senior Vice President, Albright Stonebridge Group