CASNR aids in prestigious emerging young African leaders program
By: Norman Martin
Texas Tech University Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics faculty members Darren Hudson, Conrad Lyford and Jamie Pavlik are part of a wide-ranging team hosting the 2019 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. Beginning next week the university will host 25 emerging African leaders for a six-week academic and leadership institute sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.
"This is a great opportunity to collaborate with young African leaders to address key challenges they face in managing public programs, markets, charities, and other key aspects of their social systems," said Hudson, Tech's Larry Combest Endowed Chair for Agricultural Competitiveness and Director of the International Center for Agricultural Competitiveness.
"While Texas Tech and the local community will be a great source of ideas and knowledge about these issues, we look forward to also learning more about their countries and cultures and the unique challenges they face in increasing their incomes and improving their qualities of life," he said.
Texas Tech is one of 27 educational institutions in the United States chosen as an institute partner by the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. The fellowship is the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative, which was designed to empower young African leaders through academic coursework, leadership training, mentoring and professional and networking opportunities.
Other members of the Texas Tech program team include:
• Ralph Ferguson, managing director, Texas Tech Ethics Center
• Ian Lertora, assistant professor, College of Education
• Nitasha Misra, international grants administrator, Office of International Affairs
• Mary Murimi, professor in nutritional sciences, Nutritional Sciences Department
• Reagan Ribordy, director for international programs, Office of International Affairs
• Victoria Sutton, director, Center for Biodefense, Law and Public Policy, Texas Tech School of Law
At the conclusion of their leadership institutes, the fellows will meet in Washington, D.C., for their annual Mandela Washington Fellowship Summit, where they'll participate in networking and panel discussions with each other and with U.S. leaders from the public, private and nonprofit sectors.
Since 2014, the U.S. Department of State has supported some 3,700 young leaders from 49 countries across Sub-Saharan Africa to develop their leadership skills and foster connections and collaborations with U.S. professionals. Texas Tech previously hosted a cohort of 25 fellows in 2017.
CONTACT: Darren Hudson, Professor and Larry Combest Chair, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Texas Tech University at (806) 834-0546 or firstname.lastname@example.org
0611NM19 / Editor's Note: For more information about the Mandela Washington Fellowship, visit here
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