The Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center is the focal point for the University’s many and varied international activities and interests. It serves as Howard’s point of contact for a range of inquiries from entities outside the University: foreign embassies, governments, universities and corporations, as well as U.S. government agencies. As lecturers, the Center hosts heads of state and government; Cabinet officers; and a broad range of scholars and officials involved in international affairs.
The mission of the Center is to be a catalyst for enhancing international engagement for the benefit of the HU community. In doing so, the Center integrates global perspectives into the HU experience, promotes education abroad, facilitates deeper scholarship on global issues, supports cross-cultural dialogue and respect for cultural diversity, and prepares leaders who can find solutions to global problems.
Dr. Bunche was one of the founding members of the Department of Government (later Department of Political Science) at Howard. He was the first African American to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.