Philippine Minorities Program (PMP)

The project, entitled “The Past Is Always Ahead of Us: Empowering Indigenous and Minority Leaders in the Southern Philippines”, will bring to NIU 24 young leaders (community leaders, NGOs, educators, youth influencers, journalists, religious leaders) from indigenous and minority communities in the Philippines. The 24 participants are divided into two batches and will be attending a three-week institute at NIU from May 29 to June 19, 2010 and from October 2 to 23, 2010. There will be two follow-on seminars in the Philippines that will include 10 U.S. mentors who have been involved in the NIU training institute.

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The major goals of the project are to (1) promote mutual partnerships between key professional groups in the U.S. and counterparts in the Philippines through exchanges and dialogue;  (2) transform individual understanding of issues related to ethnic/racial and religious diversity and the integration of minority and immigrant populations (particularly the youth) into a modern democratic society; (3) create a cadre of young Filipino leaders from minority communities with a strong sense of civic responsibility and commitment to strengthening civil society. 

  • This project is funded by the U.S. Department of State – Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Youth Programs Division.
    Program Officer:
    Karin Brandenburg
  • Project Director: Dr. Susan Russell
  • Administrative Director: Dr. Lina Davide-Ong
  • Training Staff: Leslie Shive, Rey Ty, Nalika Diyadawagamage, Maimouna Konate, Amando Boncales
  • Partner Organizations in the Philippines: International Visitors Program – Philippines, Inc. & Tuklas Katutubo (a non-profit organization of young indigenous tribal leaders in the Philippines)
    In-Country Coordinators: Wendell Avisado & Annabelle Plantilla