Director, SIS Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives
SIS defines “historically underrepresented groups” to include people who have been denied access or suffered institutional discrimination in the United States. This includes racialized groups(e.g., African-American, Black, Hispanic, Latinx, Asian-American, and Native American populations), people from low-income families, first-generation college graduates, women (especially in leadership), LGBTQ+ identifying people, people with disabilities, and people in religious groups who have suffered discrimination.
Bertha Nibigira, SIS/MA '22
As graduates of SIS, we must find hope everywhere.
I’m leaving SIS ready—not for a job but for a transformative career in the very agencies I knew as a [refugee] child....SIS teaches us to think critically. Development can be problematic, and institutions are flawed. Despite this, I remain an optimist. It was the people in these institutions that made a difference to me. People matter.
After inadvertently witnessing the attempt on Salman Rushdie's life last week, SIS professor Carl LeVan leads a dialogue on fostering religious understanding and bridgebuilding for intellectual diversity in America. He is joined by Ambassador Akbar Ahmed, SIS professor and Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies, and PEN America’s Washington director, Nadine Farid Johnson, in a conversation also covering the broader implications of the attack.