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Josef Korbel School of International StudiesSié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security & Diplomacy

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Inclusive Global Leadership Initiative

The Inclusive Global Leadership Initiative (IGLI) at the Sié Center initiates research, education, and programming centered on the goal of highlighting the role that women and other underrepresented groups play in leading movements related to the advancement of peace and security across the world.

IGLI has three core components: (1) cutting-edge empirical research on whether and how the inclusion of women and other underrepresented groups shapes global efforts related to promoting peace and security; (2) academic programs for University of Denver students and the broader Denver community related to inclusivity, peace, and security, including a speakers series and a practitioners-in-residence program; and (3) the annual Inclusive Global Leadership Institute, which will bring women and other marginalized people actively working on the frontlines to promote peace, human rights, and security in countries across the globe (including the U.S.), to the University of Denver for training and dialogue on how best to wage strategic non-violent movements in the current global political climate.


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>>

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.

IGLI Institute

The 2017 IGLI Summer Institute convened 15 women activists from around the world (including the U.S.) who are currently involved in civil resistance campaigns to promote peace, human rights, and freedom. Over the course of the two and a half-day workshop, these activists had the chance to meet each other, share stories about their particular struggles and successes, and receive advanced training on best strategies and tactics from some of the world's leading experts on nonviolent civil resistance campaigns. 

The 2017 IGLI Summer Institute was the first in an annual tradition of bringing frontline activists from marginalized communities to the University of Denver to engage in a training and dialogue workshop on civil resistance. The women selected for the 2017 Summer Institute were invited to participate based on their outstanding contributions to ongoing campaigns around issues such as peace in Libya, displacement in Colombia, government corruption and violence in Burundi, indigenous rights in India, or women's rights in the US.

The 2017 IGLI Summer Institute featured workshops on topics such as developing effective movement strategies, inclusive approaches to coalition building, and harnessing technology for social change. It also presented an opportunity for frontline activists to share with academic researchers the types of data or analysis that would be most useful for their campaigns, in order to bridge the gap between academics, activists, and policymakers. It also featured two events that were open to the public: an evening lecture by a leading movement organizer and a film screening. These community events reflected our goal of establishing the University of Denver as a leading convener for conversations related to women's leadership across the world.

In 2018, our plans will expand: through an open, competitive application process, we envision bringing 25 activists to campus to participate in a 5-day workshop, which will allow more time for the essential work of sharing, 
learning, and networking with other activists around the world.

Project Team

 Dr. Marie Berry and Dr. Erica Chenoweth co-direct the Inclusive Global Leadership Initiative. 

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 the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Korbel Research Expansion Fund, and private donors. Contact for information about investing in the initiative.