SFS Senior Advisor for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security Distinguished Fellow Carla Koppell discussed her forthcoming edited book at a virtual event on October 29, 2021. Titled Untapped Power: Leveraging Diversity and Inclusion for Conflict and Development, the book assembles contributions from leaders around the world to attest to the value of a global commitment to diversity and inclusion.
During the conversation about the work, Koppell discussed its cross-cutting themes of shifting demographics, evolving technology and growing economic and environmental imperatives, as well as the enormous benefits that societies stand to gain when they leverage the skills, expertise and voices of everyone within.
Koppell also mentioned that she has begun to incorporate selections from the book into her own teaching as a roadmap for more inclusive development and conflict resolution. “I hope that the book will be used in that way, and make it significantly easier for instructors, students and practitioners to learn about issues they are otherwise not learning and hearing about,” she said. “And that will, in turn, move the field towards better appreciating the importance of these issues to success in guiding development, guiding conflict resolution and shaping the field of international affairs.”