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The 2016 Conference on Diversity in International Affairs was held at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, DC on April 15-16, 2016. The annual event is the collaborative effort by the International Career Advancement Program, the Council on Foreign Affairs, and the Global Access Pipeline project, which aims to connect students and professionals from diverse backgrounds to career opportunities in international affairs. The Conference brings together college students, graduate students, mid-career professionals and senior officials from think tanks, non-profits, the private sector and government agencies. This year’s event included over 350 participants from across the country, with 34 senior executives and foreign policy subject matter experts as speakers and moderators for the 11 session program. This year’s feature keynote speaker was Kalpin Modi, actor and former Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, who discussed experiences in the field of international service, focusing on issues of diversity and public service. The Presider at the keynote session was Ambassador Reuben E. Brigety II, Dean of the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. For further information on this session and other aspects of the Conference, visit

The two days concluded with the 2016 ICAP mid-year reunion and the ICAP Alumni Association Annual Diversity Award, with this year’s recipient being Stacy Williams (ICAP 02). Stacy has an extraordinary record working to advance diversity, especially within the US State Department, and he leads the Thursday Luncheon Group there. The Mid-Year Reunion and Awards Ceremony was held on Saturday evening, April 16, 2016, at the Raben Group in Washington, DC.  The Raben Group fully sponsored the event, providing both wonderful facilities and food and drink.  ICAP is deeply indebted to the Raben Group and to Cleve Mesidor for making this event possible.


For a report on the previous year’s Conference on Diversity in International Affairs, also jointly sponsored by ICAP, GAP and CFR, including the final agenda and videos from Carla Harris’ wonderful keynote address and the plenary sessions, go to

Additionally, for pictures by the CFR photographer, go to

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