We are asking that Congress approve a $4 million increase for Title VI programs in this year’s Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations bill. This increase will restore funding for The Institute for International Public Policy Fellowship, a Title VI program that seeks to enhance U.S. national security and global competitiveness by preparing students from underrepresented groups for international affairs careers.
The Institute for International Public Policy Fellowship (IIPP) has cultivated a generation of highly skilled professionals that are multilingual, socially responsible and represent the broad spectrum of America's diversity.
Without funding, the IIPP Fellowship, which provided educational and career development opportunities for young, talented individuals for over 16 years, will end. Congress’ decision to cut this program represents an abandonment of its commitment to increasing diversity in government, especially in foreign policy.
Since its inception, IIPP has provided funding for study abroad and advanced graduate degrees to over 350 fellows. Fellows have risen to senior positions in the State Department, foreign policy think tanks, political office, international non-governmental organizations, academia, and the private sector.
Many current and former members of the U.S. State Department have recognized how critical diversity is to US foreign policy objectives and have committed their careers to increasing it. As former Secretary of State Colin Powell once said, “America overseas ought to look more like America at home.”
Letitia Long, who played a crucial role in the Bin Laden Mission in Pakistan and is Director of the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency has said, "What I want to accomplish is that it is natural for women and minorities to be in leadership positions across the intelligence community... I would like to be at a point where we are no longer saying,[she or he is] 'the first.'"
The U.S. government has attested to the advantages of having a more diverse work force and has actively supported these efforts for years. Tell Congress that its actions should continue to support the view that diversity is an asset to U.S. foreign policy interests.
With your help, the IIPP Fellowship will continue to provide a talent pool of well-trained, language-proficient professionals from which U.S. international affairs agencies and organizations can draw highly qualified personnel at a time when diversity is proving to be a great asset to U.S. foreign policy interests.
Diversity Counts: Ask Congress to Restore International Education Funding
Dear Chairman Rehberg and Ranking Member DeLauro:
As you begin work on the Fiscal Year 2013 Labor-Health and Human Services-Education Appropriations bill, we respectfully request that you provide $72.3 million for Title VI programs, a $4 million increase from the current level of $68.3 million contained in the President’s budget. This increase will restore funding for The Institute for International Public Policy Fellowship Program (IIPP), a program of the United Negro College Fund Special Programs Corporation (UNCFSP).
The IIPP Fellowship program enhances U.S. national security and global competitiveness by promoting excellence, international service, and awareness among a representative cross-section of the American citizenry. The Institute was established in 1994 with a multi-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education, awarded pursuant to Title VI of the Higher Education Act.
The IIPP Fellowship program addresses the identified national need to create a more diverse talent pool of well-trained, language-proficient professionals from which U.S. international affairs agencies and organizations can draw highly qualified personnel. The Institute also offers a Faculty Fellows Program and Curriculum Development, Implementation, and Sustainability (CDIS) Grants to assist faculty from Minority Serving Institutions to enhance or create curricula on Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTLs), area studies, international relations, and other relevant subjects.
This six-year intensive program has provided more than 350 minority students with education and training experiences critical to entry and advancement in international affairs careers. This program has produced both congressional foreign policy and Congressional Research Service minority staff in recent years and will continue to offer employment opportunities in international careers for minorities and others at a time when diversity is proving to be a great asset to U.S. foreign policy interests.
We appreciate your continued leadership on these issues and respectfully ask that you provide $72.3 million in FY2013 for Title VI programs.