Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

May 14, 2009

Whitworth Student Accepted into Prominent International Affairs Institute

Ariella Chi is first Whitworth student to participate in program

Whitworth sophomore Ariella Chi is taking a big step toward achieving her dream of a career in international service with her recent acceptance into a prestigious foreign policy institute. The fellowship program provides college students from underrepresented minority groups with the training necessary to advance in international affairs-related careers.

Chi was one of 15 students from colleges and universities across the U.S. chosen for inclusion in the newest cohort of fellows in the United Negro College Fund Special Programs Corporation's Institute for International Public Policy (IIPP). The selection process was based on applicants' academic achievement, leadership potential, and commitment to international affairs.

"As a Chinese-American, my dream has always been to use my life experiences to help others and promote communication and goodwill between the U.S. and other countries, and to work as a bridge between cultures," Chi says. "The IIPP will be an incredible stepping stone to achieving my goal of excelling in the fields of diplomacy and international service."

Chi and the other fellows will begin their IIPP experience this summer by attending a policy institute at Spelman College, in Atlanta. The institute will introduce fellows to the basics of international policy development, foreign affairs, cultural competence, careers in those fields, and options for graduate study. Over the next six years, the IIPP Fellowship also will include a study abroad program during the students' junior years, intensive foreign language training, internships tied to their areas of interest, and graduate study.

Chi, a resident of Idaho Falls, Idaho, is majoring in marketing and minoring in visual communications, and has worked as a cultural diversity advocate in Arend Hall. She says she became interested in the IIPP when John Templeton, assistant dean for graduate admissions at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, mentioned it and other fellowships during his visit to Whitworth's campus last fall.

"Ariella will make a great IIPP fellow and we know she will represent Whitworth well," says Esther Louie, assistant dean for intercultural student affairs at Whitworth. "She is thoughtful and engaging in her planning and designing of residence hall programs as a cultural diversity advocate, and her passion for and commitment to learning about cultural competence has been well demonstrated."

After attending the policy institute this summer, Chi plans to study in China next spring, followed by attending another policy institute in summer 2010. After she graduates in spring 2011, she plans to enroll in a summer language institute for Mandarin Chinese. She then expects to spend two years at an Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs graduate school.

Chi's long-term career goals include working with China through a corporation or government agency, largely because of her background in Mandarin and her passion for her Chinese heritage. She also hopes to work in the Foreign Service, and she would like to help the International Justice Mission fight global problems such as human trafficking and forced prostitution.

Other students selected for inclusion in the IIPP program hail from schools such as the University of Washington, University of Minnesota, Paine College, Dillard University, the University of Pittsburgh, University of Rochester, and Pomona College.

The IIPP, which is now in its 15th year, is funded by the U.S. Department of Education. It has placed more than 300 fellows in more than 50 countries to study foreign affairs and global policy. Students may apply for the fellowship during their sophomore year of undergraduate study. For more information about the institute, please visit www.uncfs.org/IIPP.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The university, which has an enrollment of 2,600 students, offers 53 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


Esther Louie, assistant dean for intercultural student affairs, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4572 or elouie@whitworth.edu.

Emily Proffitt, public information officer, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4703 or eproffitt@whitworth.edu.

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