For activists everywhere,
the chances for success increase
with a research-backed toolkit.

Building Bridges

WANTED: WOMEN EAGER TO campaign for human rights, advocate for migrants, champion democracy and forge social, political and economic change through nonviolent means.

To prepare these aspiring leaders for the challenges ahead, DU’s Inclusive Global Leadership Initiative (IGLI) runs a summer institute that arms them with a research-backed toolkit for strengthening their respective movements around the world.

“It is a unique and extremely important model for how we bring rigorous academic research and findings to the people that are actually engaged at the grassroots,” said Marie Berry, who co-directs the institute with Erica Chenoweth, co-author of the acclaimed “Why Civil Resistance Works.”

The 2018 institute, the second in IGLI’s history, included extensive training on nonviolent civil resistance through a feminist, gender-sensitive lens, as well as presentations from experts, including Maria Stephan from the U.S. Institute of Peace.

IGLI is based out of the Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security & Diplomacy at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies. Outside of the summer institute, IGLI advances the work of women activists through two research initiatives, public engagement and a forthcoming practitioner-in-residence program, scheduled to launch in fall 2019.