The Mandela Washington Fellowship, the flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), empowers young African leaders through academic coursework, leadership training, mentoring, networking, professional opportunities, and support for activities in their communities. It is a program of the U.S. government and is supported in its implementation by IREX. The Ohio State University is a sub-grantee of IREX and is supporting the U.S.-based academic program of the Fellowship. Contact: Laura Joseph at email@example.com.
Laura Joseph of the Center for African Studies and Esther Gottlieb of the Office of International Affairs recently met with Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown during his monthly constituent coffee at his office in Washington D.C. As Young African Leaders Institute partners, Jospeh and Gottlieb went to Capitol Hill to share stories about how the Mandela Washington Fellowship has impacted The Ohio State University and Columbus, Ohio. In 2016, Mandela Washington Fellows contributed more than 13,000 hours of community service to their university communities across the country, connected with thousands of Americans, and left an indelible impact on those they met.
Since their Young African Leaders Institute leadership training at The Ohio State University during the summer of 2016, the Mandela Washington Fellows have continued to advance their causes and been recognized for their accomplishments. Detailed below is a list of the accomplishments.
The Washington Mandela Fellows delivered Ignite Talks on Wednesday, July 28 to honored guests of the Young African Leaders Institute on The Ohio State University campus. Photos are of the Fellows and guests networking after the presentations.
The Mandela Washington Fellows visited with The Ohio State University President Michael Drake in his Bricker Hall office on Monday, July 26, 2016. President Drake thanked the fellows for bringing international perspectives to the Ohio State campus and discussed the values he brings to his life and how to apply those ideals to leadership opportunities. The six-week long Young African Leaders Institute is wrapping up its time at Ohio State and the Fellows soon head off to Washington, D.C. for a summit to conclude the program.
Ohio State's visiting Mandela Washington Fellows will share their visions for Progress and Change in Africa on July 27 at 9 a.m. in Page Hall 20.
For the last month, 25 Mandela Washington Fellows have been engaged in a Public Management Institute co-hosted by the Glenn College of Public Affairs and the Center for African Studies. The Mandela Washington Fellowship, the flagship program of President Barack Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), empowers young African leaders through academic coursework, leadership training, mentoring, networking, professional opportunities, and support for activities in their communities. You can follow their activities at https://oia.osu.edu/yali. As part of the program, Fellows develop and deliver Ignite talks, short 3-5 minute presentations which articulate their personal vision around specific themes. Many of these will be shared at the Presidential Summit in Washington in early August.
The Washington Mandela Fellows toured the Ohio Statehouse on June 22, 2016.
The Washington Mandela Fellows visited City Hall on July 11, 2016 and met with Columbus City Department leaders and elected officials. The fellows were welcomed by Councilmember Shannon Hardin, Councilmember President Protemp Priscilla Tyson, Mayor's Chiefs of Staff Dawn Tyler-Lee and Kimber Perfect. City Department presentations included Carla Williams-Scott discussing the Department of Neighborhoods, Bill Hedrick explaining the role of the City Attorney, Auditor Hugh Dorrian giving an overview of government structure, Joe Lombardi explaining the Department of Finance, Steve Francis laying out the role of Diversity and Inclusion and Anthony Celebrezze talking about Building and Zoning. The Fellows asked many questions about the Columbus government structure and also attended a City Council Meeting.