“The primary objective of Cultural Ideas Exchange Program or CIEP is to provide informative insight and reports on those issues and events that ultimately affect the lives and welfare of minority and ethnic student populations.” Primary Objective Historically, the "ideas" to include opinions and societal contributions of African Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans, as well as other diverse cultural groups have often been underrepresented in the North American social and political scheme. The Cultural Ideas Exchange Program or CIEP is based on global communication and has been developed in an effort to:
• Provide informative insight and reports on those issues and events that ultimately affect the lives and welfare of minority and ethnic student populations.
• Promote the understanding of those complexities and issues inherent in the recruitment, education and retention of minority students.
• Offer a continuous open literary and verbal forum where students, faculty, staff, administrators and the general populations can share their ideas and experiences.
• Research, assess and monitor the implications of lifestyle values to include socioeconomic, political and those internal and external elements that affect these diverse groups.
• Insure that all students are participants in this initiative to explore culture on a macro level.
• Heighten cultural awareness on campus by confronting and resolving issues that tend to polarize students.
Walker, Monika L., "The Cultural Ideas Exchange Program Model" (1998). Teacher Education Faculty Proceedings & Presentations. 9.