Philippine Minorities Program 2010
"The Past is Always Ahead of Us: Empowering Indigenous and Minority Leaders
in the Southern Philippines"
(Funded by the U.S. State Department - Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs)
Dr. Susan Russell, Professor of Anthropology
Dr. Lina Davide-Ong, Director, International Training Office
Training Staff: Leslie Shive, Rey Ty, Nalika Diyadawagamage, Maimouna Konate,
Anabelle Plantilla and Wendell Avisado
Board of Trustees
International Visitors Program-Philippines Alumni Foundation, Inc.
Second In-Country Partner Organization:
Jason Sibug, President
Tuklas Katutubo - a non-profit organization of young indigenous tribal leaders in the Philippines.
Third In-Country Partner Organization:
U.S. Embassy - Manila
U.S. State Department Program Officer: Karin Brandenburg
This program offered 24 young leaders (community leaders, NGOs, educator, youth influencers, media, religious leaders)
from indigenous and minority communities a three-week institute at Northern Illinois University to engage them in learning
about a range of programs that facilitate the integration of minority populations in the Philippines and in the U.S.
Our in-country partner organizations and their staff recruited applicants from individuals who work with youth groups or are
in a position to influence the next generation throughout the southern Philippines - aiming toward a diversity of ethnic and
religious minority leaders. The 24 finalists who came to the U.S. in June and October 2010 were divided into two batches,
with one follow-on seminar held in Davao City in January 2011 that included ten American professors and one NGO leader.
The major goals of the projects were to a) promote mutual partnerships between key professional groups in the U.S. and
counterparts in the Philippines through exchanges and dialogue; b) transform individual understanding of issues related
to ethnic/racial and religious diversity and the integration of minority and immigrant populations (particularly the youth)
into a modern democratic society; and c) create a cadre of young Filipino leaders from minority communities with a strong
sense of civic responsibility and commitment to strengthening civil society.
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