For the past 11 years, the United Negro College Fund Special Programs Corporation (UNCFSP) and Middlebury have worked in partnership to support diversity in the international affairs workforce. Through the UNCFSP Institute for International Public Policy Fellowship Program (IIPP), this partnership has brought more than 70 promising students and professionals with backgrounds in international affairs to hone their foreign-language skills at Middlebury's summer Language Schools.
Adding to an already strong focus on student-centered programming, the UNCFSP-Middlebury relationship has recently expanded to include faculty from Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs). In summer 2010 a cohort of faculty members from MSIs will take part in a new initiative, the UNCFSP Faculty Fellows Program. Designed to help participants enhance or create curricula on Less Commonly Taught Languages, area studies, international relations, and other relevant subjects, the program will expose them to replicable models used to engage IIPP students at the Language Schools. Fellows will then draw on this experience to design curricula that enhance international affairs infrastructure at their home institutions.
Middlebury is playing a leading role in the development of the Faculty Fellows program. According to Nicholas M. Bassey, Director of the Institute for International Public Policy, "From joint sponsorship of our language training program to participation in our fellowship selection process, the Middlebury team is a joy to work with. They are a valued partner in our efforts to promote diversity within the international affairs workforce."