The Melikian Center serves as a meeting point for dialogue and learning among different communities. Beyond its core staff, The Center has over seventy affiliates engaged in teaching and research on the region, including current ASU faculty and staff as well as emeriti. The Critical Language Institute, which offers intensive proficiency-based language instruction during the summer, is made possible by the commitment and expertise of the CLI faculty, many of whom hold appointments at other institutions.

As well as financial support, the Center’s Advisory Board provides expertise and ideas on strategic planning, board development, and communications.