Croft Institute students Livia Macias and Anthony Yuen were among 22 students nationwide chosen for prestigious fellowships from the Institute for International Public Policy (IIPP) based in Fairfax, Va.
The IIPP fellowships provide specially designed educational experiences critical to entry and advancement in international affairs careers. The U.S. Department of Education funds IIPP specifically to recruit outstanding minority students to work for the federal government, said Michael Metcalf, executive director of the Croft Institute for International Studies.
Last summer, Macias and Yuen completed the first of six program components, the Sophomore Summer Policy Institute at Spelman College in Atlanta. The other components are a Summer Policy Institute at the University of Maryland, a study abroad experience, an internship in a related organization or agency, a summer language institute at Middlebury College in Vermont and financial aid for graduate school.
Macias, who is pursuing a degree in international studies and political science, said this summer they were introduced to the basics of international policy development, foreign affairs and careers in those fields.
“There were lectures, discussions, group assignments, guest speakers, local [Atlanta] site visits, and visits to international agencies and organizations in Washington, D.C., and New York City,” Macias said.
Macias, a Biloxi native, plans to spend the spring semester of her junior year abroad in Chile and says the knowledge she gained in this program has already paid dividends in her understanding of global issues.”
Yuen, who is pursuing a major in international studies and Mandarin Chinese, said the program changed his perspective on the future.
“I got a better idea of how the business of international relations is conducted and was able to clarify what I want to do in the future and how to get there,” said Yuen of Hattiesburg.
Previous Croft students chosen for IIPP fellowships were Charles Yow and the late Rose Bui.