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.
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