To address today’s global challenges, we need professionals who have a strong grounding in history and social science and who can apply that knowledge to complex practical problems.” John Ciorciari, director of the Weiser Diplomacy Center
The Weiser Diplomacy Center was established in 2018 at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy with a $10 million gift from University of Michigan alumni Ron and Eileen Weiser. We aim to serve as a leading hub for practical student training in foreign affairs and as a bridge for engagement with the foreign policy community. The Center brings leading diplomats and foreign policy experts to campus and offers practical training sessions and simulations. It sponsors a program for Weiser Diplomacy Fellows, supports student internships and other student-led initiatives pertaining to foreign affairs and engages students in research via Diplomacy Lab. The Center also convenes dialogues connecting experts at the Ford School and University of Michigan with the foreign policy community.
"Diplomacy is not just relationships between countries, it's about relationships between people... it can change the direction of a country, affecting tens of millions of people."