Drake University is dedicated to grooming future leaders of tomorrow — including those who, one-day, will be responsible for guiding and crafting international policies.

The Rolland and Mary Nelson Institute for Diplomacy and International Affairs prepares students interested in international public affairs with hands-on experiences including:

  • Extensive research and understanding of specific international issues
  • Strengthening negotiation and oratory skills
  • Connecting and sharing with visiting foreign diplomats 

Upcoming Events

April 5-8Nelson Institute Conference - please register here
-    April 5, Ambassador Stephen Rapp
     Topic: Bringing War Crimes Perpetrators to Justice

     Location:  Sussman Theater
     Time: 7-8:30 p.m.
-    April 6: Fulbright event

     Location:  Cowles Library Reading Room            
     Time: Welcome 2-2:30 p.m.; Breakouts 2:30-3:30 p.m., Reception/Panel 3:30-6 p.m.
-    April 7: Global Connectivity Launch
     Location:  Shivers Hospitality Suite
     Time: 5:30-7:00 p.m.
-   April 8:
  Student research panels and other presentations
     Location:  Cowles Library Reading Room
     Time: 9 a.m-12:30 p.m.