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About Us - Ralph J. Bunche
Ralph J. Bunche was the first African American to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1950 and was a former chair of the Howard University Department of Political Science.Howard University established an International Affairs Center in 1993 to serve as a focal point for the University's many and varied international activities and interests. Substantial financial support was provided by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, which made the Center one of only 10 Kellogg-supported Centers of Excellence in the United States. In 1996, with United Nations Secretary-General Boutros Boutros Ghali and members of the Bunche family in attendance, the Center, was re-christened The Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center. Ambassador Horace G. Dawson has served as Director of the Bunche Center since 1996.

The mission of the Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center is to make available--and to insure the Center's long-term capacity to make available--to Howard University students, faculty and senior administrators, as well as certain constituencies beyond the University, valuable international affairs support, services, information and opportunities. In so doing, the Center helps Howard University produce for America and the global community a never-ending stream of valuable international affairs knowledge, ideas and, especially, individuals fully prepared to make positive contributions to national and international society.

The Bunche Center serves as:
  • The point of contact for a range of inquiries from entities outside the University; foreign embassies, foreign and U.S. government agencies, universities, corporations, and private individuals.
  • The site for conferences and meetings exploring different aspects of international affairs, including one of the founding gatherings of the White House Initiative on South Africa.
  • The home of the Patricia Roberts Harris Public Affairs Program, which honors one of the University's most notable graduates with a celebrated annual lecture, internships, and distinguished visitors.
  • A resource devoted to mentoring Howard University students interested in international affairs, including serving as the home of Howard University's Study Abroad Program, the International Affairs Summer Enrichment Programs for high school and undergraduate students, and the U.S. Department of State Diplomat in Residence.
  • The home of the Charles B. Rangel International Affairs, a unique cooperative initiative with the U.S. Department of State, that identifies and prepares outstanding young people for careers in the U.S. Department of State.


Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program . 2218 6th Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20059
Tel: (202) 806-4367 or (877) 633-0002 . Fax: (202) 806-5424 .