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DENVER, CO | June 4th, 2018 
The Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security and Diplomacy at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver, received a generous grant from the Jewish Women's Fund of Colorado, a donor-advised fund of Rose Community Foundation, to support research, education, and programming aimed at elevating and amplifying the work that women activists do in leading nonviolent movements to advance peace and security across the world. The project, titled the "Inclusive Global Leadership Initiative," or "IGLI," is co-directed by Professors Marie Berry and Erica Chenoweth, both of whom are faculty affiliates of the Sié Center.

"IGLI is premised on the finding that movements that are able to bring large, diverse sectors of the population into their fold are the best positioned to overthrow authoritarian regimes and usher in transitions to more democratic systems of government," said Berry, an Assistant Professor at the Josef Korbel School. "Through IGLI, we recognize the important role of women as conveners and leaders in nonviolent movements, uniquely positioned to bring diverse sectors of the population together to catalyze peaceful, transformative change."

In addition to supporting research, the work of graduate students, and a speaker series, the grant will fund a visiting scholar program that will bring a leader in the field of gender, peace and security to the Josef Korbel School to teach, conduct research, and engage with the broader Denver community.

"This set of programs will connect Denver to the world and further strengthen our ability to raise awareness of women's important roles in global peace and security," said Deborah Avant, the Sié Chair, and Director of the Sié Center. "We are grateful for the support of the Jewish Women's Fund of Colorado and for its leadership in this area," said Avant.

The Jewish Women's Fund (JWF) is a donor-advised fund of Rose Community Foundation with the purpose to empower women to create systematic change in their lives and in our communities. JWF's vision is for women to be effective catalysts for change in the public, private and social sectors. This vision dovetails that of the University of Denver's IGLI program, and leaders of the JWF have been working with IGLI's co-directors to design programming that allows research findings to inform the work that women leaders are doing at the grassroots to cultivate social change around the world.

Founded in 1964, the Josef Korbel School of International Studies—housed at the University of Denver—is one of the world's leading schools for the study of international relations. The School offers degree programs in international affairs and public policy and is named in honor of its founder and first dean, Josef Korbel. Follow the Korbel School on Facebook and Twitter. For more information, please contact the school's Communications Department at [email protected] or by phone at 303-871-3513.