A Letter From Dean Merit E. Janow


SIPA’s mission–to educate the next generation of leaders and problem-solvers and contribute our knowledge to advance human progress–has never been more relevant, nor your support more essential to our success.

Whether seeking to reduce poverty, improve economic growth, foster well-governed and more sustainable cities, or understand and reduce conflict, we work around the globe to bring fresh ideas and new approaches to policy analysis and implementation in the 21st century. Our community spans the globe but we share a common commitment: to drive progress on the critical challenges facing humanity.

SIPA’s new multi-year fundraising campaign–What Can Be–builds upon our 72-year history to imagine a new era of impact in the world. What Can Be will fund areas essential to SIPA’s future. It will increase financial aid for our students, support the high-impact research that is the hallmark of our academic community, ensure new hiring in critical fields, and create new programs. Our success will also support key University priorities in areas such as climate response, data and society, global solutions, and just societies.

SIPA is one of the special places in the world that can bridge the gap between the academy and public policy and work for global solutions, informed by deep knowledge of the world and local conditions.  We hope our work will inspire you to join us in this effort. There has never been a more important time.

Merit E. Janow
Dean, School of International and Public Affairs
Professor of Professional Practice in International Economic Law and International Affairs