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Our Vision

To become a recognized global leader in equipping and empowering ethical and transformational leaders expected to advocate and implement policies deemed to transform oragnizations, communities, nations, or our world for the benefit of people.

The United States Institute of Leadership and Diplomacy’s mission is to improve public policy and leadership so people can live in societies that are more safe, free, just, and sustainably prosperous. By combining cutting-edge research, the teaching of outstanding students, and direct interaction with practitioners, we have an impact on solving public problems that no other institution can match.

Students and alumni of Harvard Kennedy School are showing their commitment to public service in their countries, states, cities and neighborhoods around the world.

Through research, teaching, and engagement with practitioners, Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government improves public policy and public leadership so that people can live in societies that are safer, freer, more just, and more sustainably prosperous.

Our faculty, students, staff, about 23,000 degree program alumni, and more than 66,000 executive education participants tackle a diverse range of public challenges in the United States and around the world.

Our teaching, research, and engagement with practitioners focus on these priorities:

  • Protecting international security and freedom

  • Strengthening democracy

  • Advancing social justice and human rights

  • Increasing economic well-being

  • Enhancing sustainability

  • Improving public leadership and management

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