The Hamilton Lugar School has prioritized promotion of diversity in faculty, students, and staff since its founding. As a global school that builds on this university’s singular commitment to global studies, HLS self-identifies and describes itself to others as committed to “celebrating differences and seeking shared understanding.”
This ethos was reinforced with the naming of the school in 2018 after the late Sen. Dick Lugar and Rep. Lee Hamilton who, during their government careers and following, understood the fundamental importance of cross-cultural understanding and area expertise to the conduct of principled and effective foreign policy.
The school’s commitment to diversity is a consequence of this ethos, and formal policies and guidelines adopted by the faculty, staff, and administration consistent with the school’s values. These policies are framed by the school’s first strategic plan, HLS 2023, which included among its four faculty-led working groups, one dedicated to “Diversity, Inclusion, and Collaboration.” Our school Diversity and Inclusion Committee continues implementing and expanding these plans, and is dedicated to enhancing and reporting on diversity and inclusion efforts all at levels, including implementing a range of initiatives aligned with our mission and values.