Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging

Our Mission

At Jackson, we recognize and celebrate the rich diversity of perspectives and experiences that make up our community of students, faculty, staff, fellows, and alumni. We are committed to understanding and supporting all of the dimensions of diversity necessary for a truly global perspective on the challenges we face around the world today. Central to our commitment are the principles of respect, belonging, equity, and inclusion.

We aim to elevate underrepresented voices in addressing global issues, and to acknowledge how historical and current injustices against marginalized groups shapes the context and complexity of the world’s most pressing concerns. Our goal is to prepare our community for ethical engagement in the field of global affairs, with understanding and compassion for our common humanity.


DEI Council

Jackson’s DEI Council, launched in 2021, plays a key role in advancing Jackson’s DEI initiatives. The Council — made up of students, staff, faculty and alumni — aims to improve diversity, equity, inclusion and global understanding for the entire Jackson community.

Each year the Council will be focused on addressing at least one of the following DEI aspirations:

  • Increasing the demographic diversity of the Jackson community and visitors
  • Creating an inclusive student, faculty, staff and alumni culture and developing programs to deepen the sense of belonging felt by all members of the community
  • Foster opportunities to amplify the experiences of regions of the world, with a particular focus on regions of the world underrepresented in the curriculum and co-curricular experiences
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From the Director

At its core, Jackson’s mission is to educate and train the next generation of leaders in global affairs. To solve the most complex global problems requires thoughtful, responsible, and ethical leadership and the bravery to directly confront the realities of the world in which we live today.

Issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion are foundational to our worldview as we prepare our graduates to lead diverse communities around the globe. At Jackson, these issues are present throughout the curriculum, for we recognize how closely intertwined diversity, equity, and inclusion are with so many of the pressing challenges in global affairs.

Jackson is, in essence, a community. It is hugely important to me that this community be both diverse and inclusive across the many dimensions of diversity.  This means intentionality when convening our community and it means always working to make sure everyone feels a welcome part of the effort.  I am fully committed to just that.

It’s an honor for me to chair Jackson’s inaugural Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council.  It is an exciting time to lead these efforts at Jackson as we transition to becoming a school and set the direction for our future. With the expertise and energy of Jackson’s small, interdisciplinary, and diverse community of scholars, practitioners, staff and alumni, I welcome the challenges ahead.

—Jim Levinsohn, Director, Jackson Institute for Global Affairs

Get to Know the Jackson Community

Journalist shares insight on tensions between India and China

On November 11, 2021, International Security Studies hosted a Discussion Forum focused on the complex, volatile relationship between India and China featuring one of India’s most prominent foreign affairs journalists, Sushant Singh.

A Senior Fellow at the Centre for Policy Research in India, founder of The India Cable, and former Deputy Editor of The Indian Express newspaper, Singh is currently at Yale this semester as a lecturer in Political Science and South Asian Studies.

Singh gave a brief presentation on the current situation unfolding along the China-India border. In August, troops clashed over a contested boundary area, exchanging gunfire.

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Di Giovanni sheds light on embattled Christian communities, her own faith journey

On November 2, 2021, the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs hosted a discussion with award-winning journalist and Jackson Senior Fellow Janine di Giovanni about her new book, “The Vanishing: Faith, Loss, and the Twilight of Christianity in the Land of the Prophets.”

Di Giovanni opened the discussion by sharing her motivations for writing about the ancient religions of the Middle East, where many Christian communities are facing extinction after 2,000 years in their historical homeland.

Born and raised as a Roman Catholic, di Giovanni talked about attending church in war zones—not only for a sense of peace, but also because spaces of faith provide “a handle on how people are thinking and living,” she said.

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Creating a working economy for all, with Black women at the center

When it became clear to me as the term ‘essential worker’ was being coined, that most of the people who are being appreciated as such, are women of color and especially Black women, it dawned on me  immediately, that they certainly are not treated as such. The disconnect between this language and what economic policy actually is, is peculiar to me. After all, if they are absolutely necessary for the governing of our economy during a global pandemic, should it not be easier for them to do so through offering paid sick leave, and paying them a livable wage? 

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Jackson Women group creates ‘brave space’ for personal, professional growth

It started in 2015 with a simple idea—to build connections between the women of the Jackson community.

After hosting a number of successful on-campus events, the student group received an offer they couldn’t refuse: to hold a 40-person gathering at the New York City apartment of Jackson Senior Fellow Blair Miller. Over appetizers and wine, Jackson Women took shape.

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Former ambassadors address protests, demands for equality worldwide

Nearly 200 attendees tuned in for Jackson’s online panel discussion, “The Power of Protest: Human Rights at Home and Abroad,” on June 25, 2020.

Participants discussed the current protests and events surrounding the murders of Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks, and George Floyd, among others and how they may translate into policy change both within the United States and abroad.

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Timothy Snyder shares perspectives on health care, equity and freedom

More than 150 attendees tuned in for the September 28 talk, “Our Malady: Lessons in Liberty from a Hospital Diary,” with Yale professor and historian Timothy Snyder. The discussion centered on Snyder’s recently published book of the same name.

Dwayne Betts, poet, lawyer and director of the Million Book Project at Yale Law School, joined the conversation. Jackson Institute director Jim Levinsohn served as moderator.

Snyder and Betts grappled with issues of race and equity in the American health care system.

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