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Josef Korbel School of International Studies

Josef Korbel School building

About our School

The Josef Korbel School of International Studies is one of the world's leading schools for the study of international relations. Located in the vibrant city of Denver, Colorado, our innovative programs provide students the skills, knowledge and expertise needed to become global leaders in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. 

Since its founding in 1964,the Josef Korbel School has challenged students to think independently and innovatively to create change. Indeed, graduates of the Josef Korbel School are shaping the world and tackling some of today's most challenging issues.

Mission, Vision, and Values

MISSION: To educate skilled, ethical, and innovative global leaders who think critically and advance the common good.

VISION: Our dynamic and inclusive intellectual community will reflect the diversity of the world and address its political, economic, and social challenges.

• Inclusivity and Diversity
• Integrity
• Respect
• Collaboration
• Engagement

Diversity Statement

The Josef Korbel School of International Studies is committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and inclusive learning environment for all students, staff and faculty. We value the diversity of backgrounds, ideas and individuals that enrich our community. By diversity, we include the broad range of identities that individuals and groups bring, including (but not limited to) race, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, class, language, culture, national origin, generation/age, ability, veteran status, documentation status, academic experience, and intellectual perspective.

We also recognize a special responsibility to undertake particular efforts to include the participation and voices of those from historically underrepresented groups who have experienced systematic marginalization, oppression, and lack of access. Diversity and inclusivity, therefore, also entail a commitment to equity, to understanding that not all individuals have had the same opportunity of access, and a collective responsibility to try to make such access more equitable.

In all of this, diversity alone is not the only goal; we also strive to hear, listen to, and incorporate all respectful and inclusive voices in our teaching, research, and service. Diversity and inclusivity must also be accompanied by the provision of resources and an openness to listening to and making space for new voices. We hold that embracing and supporting new perspectives, individuals, and ideas invigorates academic excellence and pushes our entire community forward in today's rapidly changing global marketplace. As a school of international studies, within a university dedicated to the public good, a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence is critical for preparing and ensuring the success of the next generation of community and global practitioners, scholars, and leaders.

Fiscal Year 2019 Korbel Tactical Plan

During academic year 2017-2018, Korbel School faculty, staff, and students participated in an inclusive and detailed strategic planning process. An extensive amount of data collection, research, and analysis was done to ensure each initiative is thoughtful, inclusive, and targeted toward the driving outcome — to improve the student experience.

The fiscal year 2019 Korbel tactical plan reflects the foundational directions and subsequent tactical initiatives that were seen as critical to immediate implementation as work continues on a more robust and transformative five-year Korbel strategic plan.

As implementation of these initiatives begin, quarterly updates will be posted for the Korbel School community.

View the plan