Since 1998, the Mississippi Consortium of International Development’s (MCID’s) Washington, DC office has partnered with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) to design and implement the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). MCID is one of several nonprofit, National Program Agencies (NPAs) based in Washington, DC that administers the IVLP. The program, designed to enhance mutual understanding through professional and cultural exchange, brings approximately 5,000 current and emerging leaders in government, politics, civil society, business, media, education, the arts, and other fields to the U.S. each year. More than 200 current and former heads of state, 1,500 cabinet-level ministers, and many other distinguished leaders in the public and private sectors have participated in the IVLP since its inception.
MCID works closely with member nonprofit organizations of the National Council for International Visitors (NCIV) to capture the essence of communities across the United States through professional programming, tours that highlight regional history and geography, and hospitality hosted by local families.
The Mississippi Consortium for International Development, established in 1989, represents a collaborative endeavor of four historically Black institutions of higher learning in Mississippi: Alcorn State University; Jackson State University; Mississippi Valley State University; and Tougaloo College. Since its establishment, the Consortium has rapidly gained an outstanding reputation in the management and implementation of international exchange and development training projects.