Diversity Action Plan


Goal 1 | Increase recruitment of historically underrepresented undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, and staff, providing expanded opportunities for success.

Goal 2 | Improve the Elliott School's overall climate of inclusion and retention for undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, and staff.

Goal 3 | Expand diversity, equity, and inclusion in the curriculum and provide learning opportunities to deepen cultural competence and academic excellence.

Goal 4 | Develop and sustain an infrastructure, resources and policies that actively support diversity, equity, and inclusion.


Goal 1 | Build a Supportive Culture and Community


  • Restructure Council on Diversity and Inclusion to include more student representation. 
  • Identify student leadership opportunities.  
  • Establish funding and criteria to support diversity-related programming and research activities for faculty, student organizations, departments, research centers, and institutes.
  • Continue to implement and monitor events policy. 
  • Conduct focus groups with staff to better understand concerns derived from the climate survey. 
  • Implement a diversity and inclusion recognition initiative.    
  • Respond to focus group findings and climate survey results by developing educational programs and initiatives focused on diversity and inclusion for students, faculty, and staff. 
    • Implement an annual school-wide diversity symposium.
    • Establish a Diverse Perspectives in International Affairs Series.
  • Collect and review data from course evaluations. 

Goal 2 | Diversify Our Demographics


  • Engage in community outreach to ethnically and socioeconomically diverse K-12 schools. 
  • Continue partnership with the Public Policy and International Affairs Program (PPIA) and host Public Service Weekend (PSW) and International Affairs Summer Immersion Program for underrepresented undergraduate students. 
    • Establish fellowships for participants completing these programs and enrolling at the Elliott School. 
  • Explore opportunities for partnership with the Charles B. Rangel International Affairs and Thomas R. Pickering Fellowship Programs.
  • Establish partnerships with Minority Serving Institutions including Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs). 
  • Enhance the faculty and staff search process. 
    • Provide training to assist hiring managers and search committee chairs in the recruitment and selection process.     
    • Develop guidance to integrate diversity and inclusion into position descriptions and the interview process. 

Goal 3 | Expand Our Resource Base to Support Our Diversity and Inclusion Plan


  • Identify resources needed to support and actualize the short and long term diversity planning efforts of the school.
  • Identify and leverage existing resources at the University. 
  • Hire Diversity Program Manager. 

Goal 4 | Develop a Communications Plan to Reflect the Elliott School's Ongoing Diversity and Inclusion Efforts


  • Enhance the school’s diversity website.
  • Establish a newsletter that highlights accomplishments and members of our diverse community.


Contact the Diversity and Inclusion Team

Diversity Officer: Jonathan M. Walker

Diversity Program Manager: Kylie Stamm

Email: [email protected]

Phone: (202) 994-2258