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Ohio State selected to host cohort of Mandela Washington Fellows

2016 YALI University HostsThe Ohio State University is one of 36 academic institutions across the United States that will host a cohort of 25 Mandela Washington Fellows from the flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative. The fellows will participate in a six-week academic and leadership institute from June 17 – July 31 on Ohio State’s main campus. The fellowship provides 1,000 young leaders between the ages of 25 and 35 from Sub-Saharan Africa the opportunity to hone their skills at a U.S. higher education institution through academic coursework, leadership training and networking.

The John Glenn College of Public Affairs and the Center for African Studies are organizing programming for the institute focused on public management and five subthemes: health, business and entrepreneurship, agriculture, education, and democracy and governance. Ohio State’s program weaves a sequence of leadership development modules into the institute’s lectures, discussions, interactions with public, private and non-profit organizations, and social and professional networking opportunities, both on and off campus.

"We are so pleased to have been selected as one of the host campuses for this outstanding program. Our faculty, staff and students cannot wait to welcome these rising leaders to Glenn College community and to help introduce them to Ohio State and Columbus,” said Robert Greenbaum, Associate Dean of the Glenn College and Academic Director for Ohio State’s Washington Fellowship on Public Management.

The fellows are accomplished leaders in promoting innovation and positive change in their organizations, institutions, communities and countries. Once the fellows complete their studies in the U.S., they will meet with President Obama at a Town Hall during the Presidential Summit in Washington, D.C.

“Ohio State is honored to host such exceptional and accomplished young leaders on our campus,” said William Brustein, vice provost for global strategies and international affairs. “The Center for African Studies and the Glenn College hope to make a lasting impact not only through academic study but by offering a snapshot of American culture through site visits, community service and cultural programming.”

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 #YALI2016.