What do 500 introductory-level informatics students, graduate students studying contemporary African American and African pop culture, and researchers developing an app for tourism in the Azores have in common? They are all studying at Indiana University Bloomington and working with the U.S. Department of State this semester.
This unusual set of collaborations is made possible by IU's participation in Diplomacy Lab. This public-private partnership enables the State Department to "course-source" research and innovation related to global policy challenges by harnessing the efforts of students and faculty experts at colleges and universities across the country. This fall, IU Bloomington was awarded a record six Diplomacy Lab projects addressing a wide array of global issues, including diversity in STEM fields, artificial intelligence and human rights, and the impact of dams in Southeast Asia.