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Ohio State to host Mandela Washington Fellows

2016 Cohort of Mandela Washington FellowsFor the second year in a row, The Ohio State University is one of just 38 academic institutions across the United States that will host a cohort of 25 Mandela Washington Fellows from the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative. The fellows will participate in a six-week academic and leadership institute from June 16 – July 28 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 leadership. Ohio State’s program weaves a sequence of leadership development modules into the institute’s classroom activities, site visits, community service, cultural immersion, and professional networking opportunities, both on and off campus. Esther Gottlieb, special advisor with the Office of International Affairs, will serve as the academic director for Ohio State’s Mandela Washington Fellowship on Public Management.

“Ohio State is honored to host such exceptional and accomplished young leaders on our campus,” said Gifty Ako-Adounvo, assistant vice provost for global strategies and international affairs. “We are committed to making a lasting impact on our fellows, creating unique opportunities for mentoring and networking, and providing the necessary leadership training and coursework to enhance their skills.”

The fellows are accomplished leaders in promoting innovation and positive change in their organizations, institutions, communities and countries. Once the fellows complete their studies at their respective institutes and travel to the Mandela Washington Fellowship Summit in Washington, D.C., a select group of 100 fellows will remain in the United States for an additional six weeks to participate in a professional development experience in the public, private, or nonprofit sectors.

"We are so pleased to have been selected once again as a host campus 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 former academic director for Ohio State’s Washington Fellowship on Public Management.

Since their Young African Leaders Institute leadership training at Ohio State during the summer of 2016, the university’s first cohort of Mandela Washington Fellows has continued to advance their causes and been recognized for their accomplishments. A number of fellows are continuing research and exchange with Ohio State students and faculty.

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 yali.state.gov and join the conversation with #YALI2017.