Humphrey School News—October 12, 2015

Humphrey School to Serve as National Office of Program to Promote Diversity and Leadership in Public Service

The Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota has been selected as the new host institution for the Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Program National Office. PPIA is a national organization whose mission is to promote the inclusion and full participation of underrepresented groups in public service. 

PPIA was established in 1980 under the auspices of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM), and APPAM was ultimately joined by the Association of Professional Schools in International Affairs (APSIA) as an institutional sponsor of PPIA.  PPIA’s signature fellowship recruits 100 undergraduate students each summer for a seven-week Junior Summer Institute where they engage in intensive skill building to prepare them for graduate school. Fellows are provided with travel expenses, room and board, books and materials, a stipend and financial benefits for graduate school. The organization partners with some of the top graduate schools in the nation. Learn more about PPIA at

Humphrey School Dean Eric P. Schwartz welcomed the new arrangement. “The Humphrey School community is delighted to host this important program.  We have a deep and enduring commitment to diversity and inclusion, and we look forward to this collaboration as a means to enhance our collective effort to ensure that the diversity that increasingly characterizes our society is reflected in our institution and other schools of public and international affairs.”

PPIA Vice Chair, Leigh Morris Sloane, added, "PPIA is excited to partner with the Humphrey School in advancing our vision of diverse and inclusive leadership for America. The School's commitment to diversity is unequivocal, and we look forward to working collaboratively with Dean Schwartz to further both the Humphrey School's and PPIA's mission." 

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