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Applied Diplomacy

The Grace School of Applied Diplomacy
The Grace School of Applied Diplomacy, Chicago, skyline

At DePaul We Are Changing the Face of Diplomacy

The practice of diplomacy in the 21st Century requires new and creative responses to the complex nature of bridge building, community formation and conflict resolution.

The Grace School of Applied Diplomacy at DePaul prepares students for diplomacy careers not only in the foreign service, but in their work as business people, scientists, artists, community organizers, activists, clergy and educators. Because here, diplomacy is truly transprofessional.

We offer innovative undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Applied Diplomacy that are designed to train a new generation of diplomats. Our curriculum is multidisciplinary, deeply rooted in an ethic of collaboration and designed to serve the needs of bridge builders across multiple boundaries of difference.

Urban Diplomacy + City Diplomacy: From the Micro to the Macro

The Grace School's 2023 Conference
The Fourth Annual International Conference of The Grace School of Applied Diplomacy   
October 19-20, 2023, DePaul University, Chicago   
To what degree do local acts of diplomacy taking place within cities serve to impact the ways a city diplomatically projects itself at the national as well as international levels? The concept of Urban Diplomacy, which The Grace School defines as diplomatic acts which take place within the boundaries of a single city, examines a broad array of activities ranging from the diplomatic efforts of municipal political leaders to the work of private sector actors, community organizers, artists, religious leaders and the intimate acts of diplomacy which take place among neighbors. While City Diplomacy, as conceived by authors such as Saskia Sassen and Michele Acuto, has made an extraordinary contribution to our understanding of how cities project themselves as national and international diplomatic actors, the field of Diplomatic Studies has yet to systematically focus on the relationship between the work of local urban diplomatic actors and those charged with diplomatically representing cities to the wider world. This conference aims to examine this relationship, via a set of keynote talks and roundtables from several cities around the world, including Mexico City, Paris, Chicago, Nicosia, Nairobi, Akko and Bethlehem.    

A Conversation w/ Mohamed Abubakr and Ilja Sichrovsky, Grace School Practitioners in Residence 2023

​A discussion with two dynamic citizen diplomats regarding their work with the Director of The Grace School, David Wellman.​

​TEDx: Citizen Diplomacy at The Grace School

David Wellman, Director of the Grace School of Applied Diplomacy, presented "How to Build Bridges in a World of Difference" at this year's TEDx DePaul University series.


Master’s in Applied Diplomacy

Eight​ concentrations offer rich professional development opportunities and open pathways to dynamic, meaningful careers.

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Our Faculty

Our faculty are leading scholars and dynamic teachers drawn from diverse, complementary fields across the liberal arts and social sciences.

Our Students

Our students benefit from a rich array of study abroad and domestic study away trips, internships, and engagements with professional and citizen diplomats in residence at the Grace School.

The Grace School of Applied Diplomacy’s Practitioners in Residence
The School’s Practitioners in Residence program fosters innovative partnerships between professional and citizen diplomats and DePaul faculty and students. Lecture series, classroom engagement, and collaborative projects will foster public dialogue about diplomatic practice and offer powerful examples of the variety of ways that individuals do this work.

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