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Nelson Institute

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

The Rolland and Mary Nelson Institute provides in-depth international knowledge and experiences to Drake students, faculty, and staff. The institute offers a solid forum delivering a balance of extensive research and hands-on exercises. Participants learn how to work within a team and build relationships with intercultural entities to find common ground. Participants also gain a better understanding and perspective of the steps involved in building bridges and working towards the common good of humanity on a global scale. 


The institute funds several unique opportunities for Drake faculty and staff. This includes the Facilitating Intercultural Learning program, Global Pressing Issues Grant program, and a faculty conference fund. Learn More


Multiple opportunities are available to students interested in exploring global topics or pursuing a career related to international affairs, including the annual Nelson Student Research Symposia, international simulations and conferences, and student scholarships. Learn More