Who We Are
The Public Policy and International Affairs Program (PPIA) is a not-for-profit that has been supporting efforts to increase diversity in public service for over 30 years. PPIA believes that our society is best served by public managers, policy makers, and community leaders who represent diverse backgrounds and perspectives. To achieve this goal, PPIA has an outreach focus on students from groups who are underrepresented in leadership positions in government, nonprofits, international organizations and other institutional settings. Furthermore, international affairs are increasingly mixed with local concerns. Addressing such global issues make diversity a critical goal in professional public service.
So what is PPIA?
- A fellowship program that provides student training and financial support for graduate school and facilitates ongoing professional development.
- A consortium of the top public and international affairs graduate programs in the nation.
- An outreach program that seeks to educate and inspire young people of all ages and from all backgrounds about public service.
- An alumni association of approximately 4,000 PPIA Fellows from all across the nation.