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Washington Fellowship

for Young African Leaders at the University of Delaware

Study Abroad

This summer, twenty-five young Africans will come to UD as part of the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders Program and focus on civic leadership.

About the Program

The Washington Fellowship is the new flagship program of the President’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). This program will bring over 500 young African leaders to the United States each year, beginning in 2014, for leadership training, academic coursework, and mentoring on 20 university campuses across the country. In addition, the program will create unique opportunities for Washington Fellows to put new skills to practical use in propelling economic growth and prosperity and strengthening democratic institutions in Africa.

Washington Fellows will attend US universities for a summer institute in one of three areas: business and entrepreneurship; civic leadership; or public management. Academic coursework and leadership training in each of these sectors will focus on the skills young African leaders need to start and grow businesses, serve their communities, and manage the public sector. The YALI Washington Fellowship will eventually grow to 1,000 young African leaders participating in summer institutes each year.

The University of Delaware Institute will focus on civic leadership. Twenty-five Washington Fellows will spend six weeks at the University of Delaware in an academically grounded program focused on practical skill building. Fellows will engage in community service and participate in site visits and cultural activities in Newark and Wilmington, elsewhere in Delaware and in nearby metropolitan areas. University of Delaware faculty in politics, public policy and administration, communication, black American studies, and applied economics will provide academic sessions and UD professional staff in information technology, human resources, development, communications and marketing and teaching and learning will provide leadership training.

The summer institutes will conclude with all Washington Fellows traveling to Washington D.C. to interact with President Obama during an annual summit. The summit will include senior U.S. government officials and business and civic leaders.

 

 

 

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""Supportors

  • Ravi Ammigan, director of the Office for International Students and Scholars
  • Nii Attoh-Okine, professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Titus Awokuse, professor and chair in the Department of Applied Economics and Statistics.
  • Wayne Batchis, assistant professor in the Department of Political Science and International Relations
  • Paul Brewer, professor in the Department of Communication
  • Deena Burke, Resident Ensemble Players actor, Professional Theater Training Program faculty
  • Joan Buttram, director, DE Education Research and Development Center
  • US Senator Christopher Coons
  • Kathy Corbitt, director, Employee Development and Wellbeing
  • Colette Gaiter, associate professor in the Department of Art
  • Domenico Grasso, provost, University of Delaware
  • Nancy Guerra, director, Institute for Global Studies
  • Patrick Harker, president, University of Delaware
  • Deborah Hayes, vice president, Office of Communications and Marketing
  • Ivan Henderson, curator of education, University Museums
  • Lindsay Hoffman, associate professor in the Department of Communication
  • Paul Hyde, manager, IT Academic Technology Services
  • Raheemah Jabbar Bey, assistant professor in the School of Public Policy and Administration
  • Phil Jones, assistant professor in the Department of Political Science and International Relations
  • Wunyabari Maloba, professor in the Department of History
  • DE Governor Jack Markell
  • Julie McGee, curator of African American Art, University Museums
  • Tony Middlebrooks, associate professor in the School of Public Policy and Administration
  • Jason Mycoff, associate professor in the Department of Political Science and International Relations
  • Nekita Nesmith, director of development, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Babatunde Ogunnaike, dean of the College of Engineering
  • Yasser Payne, associate professor in the Department of Black American Studies
  • Mathieu Plourde, IT project leader, IT Academic Technology Services
  • Claire Rasmussen, associate professor in the Department of Political Science and International Relations
  • Cheryl Richardson, assistant director, Center for Teaching and Assessment of Learning
  • Elaine Salo, associate professor in the Department of POSCIR and Women and Gender Studies
  • Kelebogile Setiloane, associate professor in the Department of Behavioral Health and Nutrition
  • Monica Taylor, vice president, Development and Alumni Relations
  • Leland Ware, Louis Redding Professor of Law and Public Policy in the SPPA
  • Matthew Weinert, associate professor in the Department of Political Science and International Relations

 

Participants From:

Burundi
Cameroon
Comoros
Côte d'Ivoire
Democratic Republic of Congo
Ethiopia
Kenya
Lesotho
Mauritius

Nigeria
Rwanda
Senegal
Sierra Leone
Somalia
South Africa
Swaziland
Uganda
Zambia
Zimbabwe

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