A Message from the Director

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.
The Center serves, in addition, 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.

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Tonija Hope Navas
Deputy Director
Ralph Bunche International Affairs Center

About Dr. Ralph J. Bunche

Ralph Johnson Bunche was born in Detroit , MI . Following the death of his parents, Bunche was reared in Los Angeles by his maternal grandmother. He graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from UCLA in 1927 and completed a doctorate in Political Science at Harvard in 1934.Bunche served as a professor and founding head of the Political Science Department at Howard University from 1928 to 1941, at which point he entered government service as an analyst with the Office of Strategic Services. In 1944, he became an advisor to the State Department and ultimately the U.S. delegation to the 1945 San Francisco conference that drafted the charter of the new United Nations Organization. He is considered by many to be one of the founding fathers of the United Nations.