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BPIA Services Focus on FOUR main areas:

  • Education and Academic Exchange Programs
  • Business and Development Programs
  • International Mentoring Programs
  • Professional Development Programs

 

BPIA has planned to undertake many important tasks that are designed to increase the participation of minority professionals and students in international affairs. Accordingly, many programs have been implemented so far and many more are planned for implementation in the future. Some of them are the following. 

 

Education and Academic Exchanges:

 

BPIA launched three new educational initiatives: the Supplemental Study Abroad Program; the Barbara C. Fellowship; and the Ambassador Elliot Percival Skinner Scholars Fellowship. The Supplemental Study Abroad Program awards grants encouraging minority undergraduate students to study abroad and learn about the diverse cultures and people in the global community.  Seventeen (17) undergraduate students, attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) were awarded scholarships over the last two academic years.  These awards are made in collaboration with HBCUs.


 During the 2010 and 2011, BPIA partnered with the following institutions:  Bennett College for Women in Greensboro, North Carolina; Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio; Howard University in Washington, DC; Florida Agricultural and Mechanical
University (FAMU) in Florida; Lincoln University in Pennsylvania; South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, South Carolina; Southern University and A& M College in Louisiana.  Awardees studied in Belgium, Costa Rica, China, Ghana, Italy, Namibia, South Africa, and Venezuela. The Barbara C. Patterson Fellowship is named in honor of BPIAs founder and past president. The aim of this initiative is to provide short-term and needs-based support to qualified recipients requiring  bridge  funding  to continue their education until they are able to acquire more stable stay-in-school support.  This initiative aims at opening doors for the African Diaspora in international affairs.


  The Patterson Fellowship provides an opportunity to for undergraduate student recipients to gain an insiders perspective(s) and a close-up look at the different types of roles (positions) and responsibilities available in the area of international affairs.
 Recipients are selected from a broad range of disciplines including the traditionally identified international affairs.  Duties and responsibilities may vary according to location of assignment.  While some will work in the U.S., other students may be afforded the opportunity of working with organizations overseas.  The 2010 Barbara C. Patterson Fellowship recipient was Mr. Lassine Cherif, a native of Cote divoire and student at Montgomery College in Silver Spring, Maryland.  Through his Fellowship and long-term internship with BPIA, Mr. Cherif contributed substantively to the development of our IT capacities and membership management systems.

 

Business and Economic Development:


BPIA sponsors international business seminars and serves as a clearinghouse to facilitate the development of business relationships between members, and fosters the potential business and economic relationships of members with institutions and firms in both the domestic and international arenas.

 

International Mentoring:


BPIA periodically offers career development workshops and job fairs which allow members to explore international employment opportunities and network with professionals in international affairs.  Our career development workshops provide a venue for members to access employers and to learn how to take advantage of potential employment, internship and consulting opportunities.  These forums allow international NGOs and corporations exposure to highly trained and motivated professionals.

 

Professional Development:


BPIA periodically offers forums, which allow members to explore international employment opportunities and network with professionals in international affairs. Our career development workshops provide a forum for members to gain access to employers and learn how to take advantage of potential employment, internship and consulting opportunities.