Diversity and Inclusion at CFR


The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) has a longstanding commitment to making the foreign policy community in the United States more representative of American society as a whole. CFR advances this goal through building a diverse membership, staff, and board, as well as through outreach activities to academic and religious institutions, hosting events on relevant topics, and collaborating with other organizations working towards the same mission.

CFR looks to cultivate the next generation of foreign policy leaders, both within the organization and more broadly. Through the initiatives outlined below, among others, the Council works to attract and develop future leaders in international affairs.

Conference on Diversity in International Affairs
CFR has hosted the Conference on Diversity in International Affairs in collaboration with the Global Access Pipeline (GAP) and the International Career Advancement Program (ICAP) since 2013. The conference is funded by a generous grant from the Robina Foundation. An annual event, the conference connects students and professionals from diverse backgrounds with career opportunities in international affairs.

Speakers have included U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice, actor and former Associate Director for White House Office of Public Engagement Kalpen Modi, Morgan Stanley Vice Chairman and Managing Director Carla Harris, and NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. Conference highlights and videos can be found here.

Franklin Williams Internship Program
The Franklin Williams internship program at CFR was established for undergraduate and graduate students with a serious interest in international relations. Diverse students are strongly encouraged to apply. The internship develops the knowledge and leadership skills necessary for work in the foreign policy arena. Interns can gain experience in program coordination, substantive and business writing, research, and budget management. In addition, they are encouraged to attend CFR meetings and events and participate in training sessions designed to enhance management and leadership skills. For more information and to apply, please visit the internship career page.

Global Kids Summer Institute and Roundtable Series
For the past ten years, CFR has partnered with Global Kids, a high-school and after-school program for youth living in underserved neighborhoods. The United States in the World Initiative is a three-week summer institute that combines Global Kids’ leadership development activities with opportunities to interact with leading CFR experts on critical issues in international affairs. Hosted by CFR, the annual institute takes place during the month of July. The program requires all participants to design and implement projects that educate peers, promote critical thinking, and inspire youth engagement in the discussion of U.S. foreign policy and international relations.

During the course of the academic year, the Global Kids roundtable series brings Global Kids participants together with CFR fellows and staff. The series, consisting of monthly meetings, covers issues such as the global economy, U.S.-Cuba relations, the International Criminal Court, China, terrorism, national security, climate, and humanitarian intervention.

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