Speaker Series

Race, Gender & Power in Global Affairs

The Hamilton Lugar School's speaker series on Race, Gender & Power in Global Affairs addresses issues of systemic exclusion that have an outsized and pervasive impact on the development of U.S. foreign policy and the fields of international and area studies.

Roughly 80 percent of the State Department's Foreign Service officers and 60 percent of its Civil Service staff are white, according to a recent report by The New York Times. Further, the American Academy of Diplomacy reports that of 189 ambassadors serving abroad today, only three are African-American career diplomats.

This series goes beyond focusing on those who should have a seat at the table to spotlighting the people, knowledge and perspectives needed to build a new table.

Recap: Rima Shahid, Women4Change

Rima Shahid, Executive Director at Women4Change, discussed current Get Out the Vote efforts in the state of Indiana and opportunities for HLS and IU students. Conversation moderated by HLS senior Ariana Katz. 

The Hamilton Lugar School timed the discussions to maximize student participation and enrichment. The early August events align with scheduled activities for the Hamilton Lugar School’s Living-Learning Center and its fall intersession course on Black Lives Matter as a Global Movement.