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Mandela Fellows tour Ohio StatehouseThe Mandela Washington Fellows toured Capitol Square, a complex that includes the Ohio Statehouse, Senate Building and Atrium, on July 13, 2017. The guided tour included viewing the buildings of Ohio's working government offices and learning about the period during which Ohio's democracy was founded and formed. The tour included time in the Map Room, the Grand Stair Hall, the Rotunda and the George Washington Williams Memorial Room, a room that honors Ohio's first African-American legislator. The Fellows also enjoyed the opportunity to view the House and Senate Chambers.

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Justice Judith French Hosts Mandela Fellows at Supreme Court of OhioJustice Judith French hosted the Mandela Washington Fellows for a discussion about the Ohio Judicial system at the Supreme Court of Ohio on July 10, 2017. The Mandela Fellows learned what the process is for a case to be brought to the Supreme Court of Ohio and how justices are elected to the court. In addition to explaining how the legal system in Ohio works, Justice French discussed her background in public service and interest in civic education. The Fellows asked numerous questions about the legal process and what it's like to be a Justice on the highest court in Ohio.

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Mandela Washington FellowsThe 25 Mandela Washington Fellows hosted by Ohio State will present their Ignite Talks on Monday, July 24 from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. in Saxbe Auditorium in Drinko Hall. Fellows will each share their personal vision for progress and change in Africa during a three to five minute presentation. The Ignite Talks are a culmination of the fellows' six-week stay in Columbus to participate in a Public Management Institute coordinated by the John Glenn College of Public Affairs and the Center for African Studies.

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Civic engagement and servant leadership workshopAshley L. Pryor, interim director for Social Change at The Ohio State University, and La'Rez Wilson, program coordinator, led the Mandela Washington Fellows through a discussion of social change and social justice. The workshop especially focused on the Mandela Fellows community service experiences in the Near East Side and engaged in a reflection on civic engagement and servant leadership theory. The Fellows explored the constructs of social change, re-evaluated their own expectations and agency, and identified practical steps to benefit their own and community members’ experiences.

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Leon McDougle, MD, MPH, chief diversity officer and associate dean for Diversity and Inclusion, recently served as a College of Medicine representative to Mandela Washington Fellows, where he presented information about U.S. health disparities.

Dr. McDougle’s presentation, “HIV and African Americans: Relationship to Cultural Competence, Implicit Bias and U.S. Jails and Prisons,” brought recognition to the significance of racism and modern day health care disparities and the relationship between incarceration rates of African Americans. Dr. McDougle also defined cultural competence and its role in eliminating HIV health disparities among African Americans as well as the impact that implicit bias has on health disparities among African Americans.

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One Health Summer Institute FacultyThe goals of Ohio State’s One Health Summer Institute are to build capacity among East African public health professionals and make a grassroots impact on high priority diseases. Now in its sixth year, the 2017 summer institute boasts eight training modules, seven workshops and seven active projects for hands-on training activities. Workshops include One Health communications strategies, international trade and risk analysis, molecular epidemiology of infectious diseases and environmental and occupational health, among many other topics.

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Ohio State and the All India Institutes of Medical Sciences Delhi will be working together in the fields of clinical cancer research, the treatment and prevention of cancer and patient care delivery. A team from Ohio State’s Department of Radiation Oncology and AIIMS-Delhi recently signed a Memoranda of Understanding to formalize the partnership.

Julie Sussi, chief administrative officer of the Department of Radiation Oncology and G. Rath, MD and B.R. Amdekar, MD, all signed the MOU on June 23. Others on hand for the signing ceremony included Kimberly Mahler, Erica Bell, MD, Nilendu Gupta, MD from the Department of Radiation Oncology and Priya Kurle with the Ohio State India Gateway. The group also interviewed six candidates from AIIMS-Delhi for a postdoctoral fellowship available at Ohio State.

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Mandela Fellows discuss leadership with President Drake

President Michael Drake hosted the Washington Mandela Fellows for a luncheon at the Faculty Club on July 3, 2017. During their time together, President Drake discussed leadership skills and management techniques that heave helped him be an effective leader. Many Mandela Fellows took the opportunity to ask questions about Drake's experiences and challenges he has faced as the leader of a large university.

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Guy Worley discusses how public-private partnership revitalized ColumbusThe Washington Mandela Fellows learned about the redevelopment of downtown Columbus from Guy V. Worley, CEO/President of Columbus Downtown Development Corporation and Capitol South Urban Redevelopment Corporation. On Monday, June 26 Worley hosted a luncheon for the Fellows on the Columbus Bicentennial Pavilion in Columbus Commons. He discussed the efforts to revitalize Columbus via public-private partnerships that brought residential, retail and cultural development to the area.

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Ratnesh BhattacharyaRatnesh Bhattacharya spoke as an invited panelist at the U.S. Consulate General Mumbai “DirectLine for American Business” webinar on “Waste-to-Energy: Opportunities for U.S. Businesses in India.” The DirectLine webinar was hosted by the US-Consul General, Thomas Vajda, in Mumbai and forty American companies registered for the event. Director at the India Gateway, Bhattacharya spoke about the role of universities in facilitating technology partnerships with local partners to develop research-driven commercial opportunities for market entry with local corporate partners. Bharat Kris “BK” Rao, chairman & CEO, Bharco Ecotechnologies; Stewart Klevan, technology consultant at Antony Lara Enviro Solutions; and Sonal Thengane, post-doctoral fellow at IIT-Bombay, also served on the panel with Bhattacharya.

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