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In 2012, Rolland and Mary Nelson, founders of Kemin Industries, provided Drake University with a generous donation to support students, faculty, and staff interested in Global Engagement.

The Rolland and Mary Nelson Institute for Diplomacy and International Affairs offers students, faculty, and staff a solid forum which delivers a perfect balance of extensive research and hands-on exercises. Participants learn how to work within a team, build relationships with intercultural entities to find common ground.

Participants in Nelson Institute initiatives gain a better understanding and perspective of steps involved in building bridges and working towards the common good of humanity on a global scale.