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Collaborative to Increase Racial Diversity and Inclusion in Foreign and Security Policy

Developing and Promoting Action and Strategies

Our Vision

Our vision is a foreign and security policy process that is equitable, diverse and inclusive, particularly regarding people of color.

Our Mission

Our mission is to engage, liaise, and collaborate with think tanks, government, nongovernmental organizations, funders, and academic and research institutions to increase diversity and inclusion, particularly regarding people of color, in their professional staff and in positions of decision making, by analyzing the current state, identifying challenges, addressing issues, and developing short-term and long-term actionable strategies.

College and Graduate Level


There is no clear career path entering these fields.  That raises the importance of sponsorship.


Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Fellowship The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program is a program funded by the U.S. Department of State, administered by Howard University, that attracts and prepares outstanding young people for Foreign Service careers in the U.S. Department of State.   It welcomes the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the State Department, women, and those with financial need.

Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program The Rangel Program is a U.S. State Department program administered by Howard University that seeks to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers as diplomats in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State. The program seeks individuals interested in helping to shape a freer, more secure and prosperous world through formulating, representing, and implementing U.S. foreign policy. 

Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship, established in 1987, is a highly-competitive national fellowship program that provides recent college and graduate school alumni with the opportunity to gain a Washington perspective on key issues of peace and security. Twice yearly, the fellowship’s  Board of Directors selects a group of outstanding individuals to spend six to nine months in Washington. Supported by a salary, the fellows serve as full-time junior staff members at the participating organization of their choice.

Senior Professional Level

Halifax Peace With Women Fellowship Halifax International Security Forum is proud to present the Halifax Peace With Women Fellowship, a new 3-week executive tour for senior active-duty female military officers. The Fellowship takes place in late October and November and participants will visit the political and technological capitals of Canada and the United States.


Racial Diversity Among Top House Staff,

Think Tanks

A Note From Brookings President John R. Allen,

Women in International Security Gender Scorecard,


Bonnie Jenkins, Founder and Executive Director, Women of Color Advancing Peace, Security and Conflict Transformation; Nonresident Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution

Brian Finlay, President and CEO, Stimson Center

Richard Weitz, Senior Fellow and Director, Center for Political-Military Affairs, Hudson Institute

Salih Booker, Executive Director, Center for International Policy

Goulda Downer, Assistant Professor, Howard University

Michelle Dover, Director of Programs, Ploughshares Fund

Nakia Bell, Associate Director of Finance, Stimson Center

Karen Ohen, Director of Admissions, John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies

Kevin Scott, Director of Administration, Brookings Institution

John Carl Baker, Ploughshares Fund

Mareena Robinson Snowden, Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Carla Koppell, Distinguished Fellow, Georgetown University for Women, Peace and Security

Benny Garcia, Diplomat/Naval Officer/Attorney (ret)

Alex Toma, Executive Director, Peace and Security Funders Group

Kathleen Nganga, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Sabrina Curtis, WCAPS Fellow & Ph.D. Student and Graduate Research Assistant at The George Washington University