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About Us

MCID Washington

Since 1998, the Washington, DC office of the Mississippi Consortium for International Development (MCID) 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 Washington is one of several nonprofit National Program Agencies based in Washington, DC that administers the IVLP. 

What We Do


International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP)

IVLP, 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, sciences, 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.

Global Ties U.S. Network

MCID Washington works closely with member nonprofit organizations of Global Ties U.S. 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.

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MCID Jackson

1225 Robinson Street
Jackson, MS 39203
Telephone: (601) 979-8648

The Mississippi Consortium for International Development (MCID), established in 1989 in Jackson, Mississippi, represents a collaborative endeavor of four historically Black institutions of higher learning in Mississippi: Alcorn State UniversityJackson State UniversityMississippi Valley State University; and Tougaloo College. 

HBCUs are U.S. higher education institutions that were established before the Civil Rights Act of 1964 with the primary purpose of serving African American students. After the abolition of slavery in the U.S. and the end of the American Civil War in 1865, Black students were still barred from or offered limited enrollment at American colleges and universities. HBCUs played a critical role in ensuring that students, regardless of race, received a quality education. Today, there are over 100 HBCUs in the U.S. that enroll students of myriad races and backgrounds. Famous HBCU alumni include American Civil Rights Leader, Martin Luther King Jr., who attended Morehouse College, and U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, who graduated from Howard University.

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