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Consortium of Institutions Promoting International Education for Minorities

The Consortium of Institutions Promoting International Education for Minorities (CIPIEM) seeks to advance international education and study abroad for underrepresented students of ethnic minority communities. The Consortium originated through a dialogue between Lincoln University, Morehouse College, Clark Atlanta University (CAU) and Knowledge Exchange Institute (KEI) and open to higher education institutions and non-academic institutions committed to advancing the mission and goals of the organization.


The Consortium was established for the purposes of advancing international opportunities at colleges and universities in the United States of America that have strong traditions and emphasis on educating students from ethnic minorities. The Consortium aims to address the long standing disparity of minority participation in international education by serving as a resource center and provider of quality programs abroad that respond to the academic, professional and social needs of the minority community. The Consortium membership will primarily consist of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) and other higher education institutions with a serious commitment to advancing global opportunities for minority student populations.


The goal of the Consortium is to increase the number of ethnic minority students participating in academic, service learning and internship programs outside of the United States of America. The Consortium proposes to achieve its goals by offering member universities/colleges access to quality programs for undergraduate and graduate students; offering members recruitment tools to meet enrollment targets for their own education abroad programs, working with administrative staff to create and/or expand campus infrastructure for international education and opportunities; and assisting faculty with curricular integration. The Consortium will also partner with school districts to create college pathway programs that infuse international elements into STEM and literacy education to increase assessment scores and college attendance post graduation.


CIPIEM was established as a collaborative tool by Lincoln University, Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College and KEI. Membership will be open to other HBCUs, HSIs and other higher education institutions committed to advancing the mission and goals of the Consortium. For more information about CIPIEM and membership, please contact:

April Hibbler
Director, CIPIEM