About

The Weiser Diplomacy Center was established in 2018 at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy with a $10 million gift from University of Michigan alumni Ron and Eileen Weiser. We aim to serve as a leading hub for practical student training in foreign affairs and as a bridge for engagement with the foreign policy community. The Center brings leading diplomats and foreign policy experts to campus and offers practical training sessions and simulations. It sponsors a program for Weiser Diplomacy Fellows and supports student internships and other student-led initiatives pertaining to foreign affairs. The Center also convenes dialogues connecting experts at the Ford School and University of Michigan with the foreign policy community.

John Ciorciari

To address today’s global challenges, we need professionals who have a strong grounding in history and social science and who can apply that knowledge to complex practical problems.” John Ciorciari, director of the Weiser Diplomacy Center

Student experience

How the Weiser Diplomacy Center is preparing the next generation of foreign affairs leaders

When the Weiser Diplomacy Center (WDC) launched in fall 2019, it made a big splash with incredible speakers that included Hillary Clinton, Condoleezza Rice, Stephen Hadley, Susan Rice, Stephen Biegun, and Samantha Power.
Read more
faculty expert

Page reflects on representing America abroad

In the Atlantic, Page said that “being Black and a woman — and the face of America before a fledgling country (in South Sudan) — held enormous significance."
Read more about "Page reflects on representing America abroad"
student experience

Simulations help students hone foreign policy skills

Ford School students take on the EU-sponsored Schuman Challenge and place second. And 16 students participated in the new U.S. Army War College International Strategic Crisis Negotiation Exercise.
Read more about "Simulations help students hone foreign policy skills"
policy engagement

WDC adds Diplomacy Lab

Through a partnership with the U.S. State Department, students will tackle real-world issues.
Read more about "WDC adds Diplomacy Lab"