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Inclusive Global Leadership Initiative

The Inclusive Global Leadership Initiative (IGLI), hosted by the Sié Chéou-Kang Center at the University of Denver, initiates research, education, and programming aimed at elevating and amplifying the work that women-identified activists are doing at the grassroots to promote peace, justice, and human rights around the world. IGLI embraces a commitment to nonviolence and feminist principles of leadership.

Through IGLI programming, we bring social science research and expertise on how to most effectively wage movements for social change to activists working to effect this change in their communities. IGLI has three core components: (1) a cutting-edge research program; (2) a speakers series and practitioner-in-residence program; and (3) the annual IGLI Summer Institute.


The Micro-Mobilization (MicroMob) Research Project is IGLI's flagship research endeavor. MicroMob harnesses the power of participant photos from mass protest events to better analyze the gendered dynamics of the protests themselves. The MicroMob dataset, once constructed, will identify the percentage of women present in mass protest events on a day-by-day basis during the duration of protest campaigns. The data will cover 33 mass protest campaigns from around the world since 2010, including the 2011 mass mobilization of Egyptians in Tahrir Square, the 2014 EuroMaidan protests in Ukraine, and the ongoing mass mobilization in Burundi. Learn more about the MicroMob Research Project.

Speaker Series

The IGLI speaker series brings speakers and practitioners-in-residence to the University of Denver as part of an effort to convene conversations that catalyze inclusive leadership related to global peace and security. These guests conduct innovative programming that actively includes members of the broader community in Denver and beyond.

Self-Defense, De-Escalation, and Healing Space: A Workshop with IGLI Alumna Rana Abdelhamid

November 9, 2018 

The Inclusive Global Leadership Initiative (IGLI) at the Sié Center was pleased to invite the DU Community to join IGLI alumna Rana Abdelhamid for a dynamic self-defense, de-escalation, and healing space workshop.

Rana is the founder of MALIKAH, a global collective of women committed to building security and power for ourselves and our communities. Over the past eight years, MALIKAH has conducted healing spaces and trained over 3,000 women in self-defense, economic empowerment, and organizing. MALIKAH believes that it is our human right to exist in the world free from all forms of violence, providing women and non-binary folks with skills to de-escalate violent situations.

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Book Talk: War, Women, and Power with Marie Berry 

April 10, 2018 

This talk and panel convened experts in the field of gender, peace, and security to discuss the themes in Marie Berry's book - War, Women, and Power: From Violence to Mobilization in Rwanda and Bosnia-Herzegovina. This panel featured Yolande Bouka, Erica Chenoweth, Milli Lake, and Zoe Marks. The introduction was by Josef Korbel School Acting Dean Pardis Mahdavi. 

IGLI Summer Institute

The Inclusive Global Leadership Initiative's annual Summer Institute brings women-identified activists working on the frontlines to promote peace, justice, and human rights around the world to Colorado to receive advanced training in waging successful nonviolent movements for social change. The Institute is designed to strengthen their role as leaders in movements by offering women activists evidence-based training, networking opportunities, and a space to exchange stories about their particular struggles and successes. Learn more about the IGLI Summer Institute here >>

Project Team

IGLI is directed by Professor Marie Berry, and was co-founded by Erica Chenoweth (Harvard Kennedy School).

A number of graduate students compile research for the MicroMob research project. Learn more about the about the MicroMob project team.

Project Partners

IGLI has received support from:

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