Texas Tech University

TTU Chosen to host 2017 Mandela Washington Fellowship program for young African leaders.

TTU has been selected as one of 38 host institutions for a six-week academic and leadership institute for the 2017 Mandela Washington Fellowship program for young African leaders. Beginning in mid-June, Texas Tech will host 25 bright, emerging African leaders, from the ages of 25 to 35, for a six-week institute sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. The Mandela Washington Fellowship is a flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) and empowers young African leaders through academic coursework, leadership training, and networking opportunities. The cohort of fellows hosted by Texas Tech will be part of a larger group of 1,000 Mandela Washington fellows studying at institutions across the U.S. this summer.

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During their time at Texas Tech, the fellows will be introduced to U.S. models and best practices through a broad mix of leadership development and academic activities like classroom sessions, panel discussions, and site visits. They also will connect with local leaders and the community through volunteer activities and service projects.

“One of the unique aspects of the Mandela Washington Fellowship program is its focus on connecting the fellows to local community members through the Peer Collaborators program,” said Amy Boren, assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural Education & Communications. “In the coming weeks, we will seek to engage young local leaders between the ages of 25 and 40 to serve as local connections for our fellows during their stay in Lubbock.”

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