International Education Resource Center (IERC) was founded in 1994 to address the minority under-representation in education abroad programs.
Under the leadership of Dr. Raymond H. Giles, during the first six years, IERC managed programs for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to the Dominican Republic. The IERC also had signed agreements with Dominican associations of international investment corporations which promoted early workforce development initiatives that encouraged colleges to allow undergraduate and graduate students attending HBCUs to do internships abroad and receive college credit.
Six years after the IERC was founded, it had been the only organization administering study abroad program in international internship programs for Minority Serving Institutions during the academic year.
Wanting to expand its reach and impact, in May of 2009, IERC Educational Foundation was established as a nonprofit corporate version of IERC with new managment. The agenda: to develop sustainable international programming that would boost education abroad participation and the employability outcomes of more African and Latino American college graduates. In 2014 IERCEF organized with Livingstone College in Salisbury, North Carolina, the Study Abroad/Global Engagement Partnership to represent a community of 42,000 students; 11 institutions to introduce a unique public health education abroad experience in Jamaica. This required partnering with IES Abroad and advise from Global Health Connections International. Although never lauched, the groundwork established frames a model that can be modified for additonal educational communities in addition to Minority Serving Institutions like HBCUs.