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Academics & Research Program


Our Academics and Research Program (ARP) is foundational to the existence of the IMID and represents one of the core pillars of IMID operations. Our academics and research team (ART) members in the ARP serve as dedicated subject matter and field experts actively engage in leading or participating in existing, evolving, and emerging research. Collectively, their work advances IMID's goals, mission, and vision across various regions of globe in the context of culture and diaspora-related topics. 

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Photo credit: Olivia Wargo, IMID Spring-Summer 2019 Intern | Dr. Nick Miller, History Professor at Boise State University (Boise, Idaho) presents an overview of diaspora in historic perspective at IMID's February 2019 inaugural stakeholder meeting. giving birth to the IMID's academics and research team.



  • Boise State University (Boise, Idaho) invited as a partner to expand the vision of IMID's founder.


  • Following the February 2019 IMID inaugural stakeholder meeting and launch of the IMID as a nonprofit corporation, Boise State University academics convened in the summer with faculty and interns from both University of Delaware (Newark, Delaware) and Dickinson College (Carlisle, Pennsylvania) to launch an Idaho-based project, Arrivals: What's Left Behind, What Lies Ahead.

  • IMID launches its Global Diaspora Curriculum pilot course at Boise State University Honors College, Cross-Cultural Voices of Diaspora


  • IMID's Global Diaspora Curriculum launches its second course, Cross-Border Voices of Diaspora. 

  • Expansion of the Arrivals project resulting in the formation of an academic- and research-based program – IMID Academics and Research Program (ARP).


  • IMID gains international attention during a presentation at the Public Diplomacy Congress, hosted by Donostia Kultura (Donostia / San Sebastian, Spain) where IMID Founder and Executive Director highlights IMID's academic-based programs resulting in multinational and multisectoral partnerships in the Basque Country (Spain), Canada, Ireland, and Slovakia.

  • In partnership with Matej Bel University (MBU) in Banská Bystrica, Slovakia, IMID launches its Global Diaspora Curriculum in MBU's Faculty of Arts in fall 2021. 


  • Formation of IMID's Global Leadership Council.

  • Planning commenced to develop our signature global conference, Museums: The Future of Diaspora Engagement – a congress style conference designed and supported by both IMID’s Global Leadership Council and ART.

  • IMID and MBU co-presented at the Innovation in Language Learning International Conference in Florence, Italy resulting in IMID's expansion of its ART and Global Diaspora Curriculum.


  • IMID introduces its Global Diaspora Curriculum across universities in Laos.

  • IMID's global conference, Museums: The Future of Diaspora Engagement, (co-hosted by City of Banská Bystrica and our Central Europe legacy partner – Matej Bel University (MBU) and MBU Faculty of Arts) scheduled for September 20-23 in Banská Bystrica, Slovakia.

  • Professor Jon Cox at University of Delaware (Newark, Delaware) received the Fulbright Specialist Program award to complete an academic-based project at Matej Bel University. 

  • Professor Andy Bale at Dickinson College (Carlisle, Pennsylvania) received a grant from the Engaged Scholarship Consortium to support the growing Arrivals project. 

  • IMID commenced planning to launch its second annual global conference in 2024.

Academics & Research Team (ART)

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