Elizabeth Stites shares best practices for including gender in university curricula

On August 9, 2017, Elizabeth Stites participated in the curriculum consortium on teaching women, peace, and security (WPS) in higher education.The consortium is responding to an urgent need for students of foreign policy to learn and apply the core principles of WPS in their careers. Despite this need, half of the 36 graduate programs within the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs do not offer even a single gender-focused course, while less than half offer a specific gender concentration within the program.

At this meeting, participants drafted a set of WPS curriculum principles and discussed a plan to dramatically scale up the number of higher education programs offering WPS courses and gender specializations. Elizabeth spoke about the major progress made on getting gender incorporated much more broadly into the curriculum in multiple courses at The Fletcher School in recent years.

The results of the conversation were presented at the 2017 United States Naval War College Conference, The Next Decade: Amplifying the Women, Peace, and Security Agenda.

The event was hosted by The United States Naval War College, Our Secure Future, and Peace is Loud.