2016 Fellows, Trade Institute of Pittsburgh, Homewood

2016 Fellows, Trade Institute of Pittsburgh, Homewood

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Mandela Washington Fellowship 2017


We are proud to announce that Duquesne University has been selected for its second year as a partner with the "Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders." Beginning in mid-June, Duquesne will host 25 of Africa's brightest emerging Civic Leadership leaders for a six-week academic and leadership institute.

The Mandela Washington Fellowship, the flagship program of President Obama's Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), empowers young African leaders through academic coursework, leadership training, mentoring, networking, professional opportunities, and support for activities in their communities. These 25 chosen Fellows are all young leaders from Sub-Saharan African nations who have established records of accomplishment in promoting innovation and positive change in their organizations, institutions, communities, and countries. The cohort of Fellows hosted by Duquesne will be part of a larger group of 1,000 Mandela Washington Fellows hosted at institutions across the United States this summer. These exceptional young leaders will meet and collaborate with various civic leaders and community figures, lead community service projects, and enjoy the vibrant cultural summer activities that define Pittsburgh. They will culminate their six-week program with the National Summit in Washington, D.C.; select Fellows will also spend six weeks in professional development training with U.S. non-governmental organizations, private companies, and government agencies.

Working closely with the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational Affairs and its implementing partner, IREX, host institutions have designed academic programs that will challenge, inspire, and empower these inspiring young leaders from Africa.

For more information about the Mandela Washington Fellowship or Duquesne University's Fellowship Institute please contact Sam Celotto, Program Coordinator (duqmandela@gmail.com).

The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is a U.S. government program that is supported in its implementation by IREX. For more information about the Mandela Washington Fellowship, visit MandelaWashingtonFellowship.state.gov and join the conversation with #YALI2017.

Duquesne's Mandela Program 2016 Video 

Program Staff:

Dr. Gerald Boodoo
Director, Center for African Studies

Dr. Joe DeCrosta
Director, International Programs

Mr. Samuel Celotto
Program Coordinator

Jourdan Hicks
Program Assistant

Lauryn Robinson
Program Assistant