Michigan State University to host 2022 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

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Michigan State University (MSU) is proud to announce its selection as an Institute Partner for the 2022 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders.  Beginning in mid-June, MSU will host 25 of Africa’s bright, emerging Civic Engagement leaders for a six-week Leadership Institute, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

The Mandela Washington Fellowship, the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), empowers young African leaders through academic coursework, leadership training, mentoring, networking, professional opportunities, and local community engagement.  YALI was created in 2010 and supports young Africans as they spur economic growth and prosperity, strengthen democratic governance, and enhance peace and security across Africa.  Since 2014, the U.S. Department of State has supported nearly 5,100 Mandela Washington Fellows from across Sub-Saharan Africa to develop their leadership skills and foster connections and collaboration with U.S. professionals.  The cohort of Fellows hosted by MSU will be part of a group of 700 Mandela Washington Fellows hosted at 27 educational institutions across the United States.

After their Leadership Institutes, Fellows will participate in the Mandela Washington Fellowship Summit, where they will take part in networking and panel discussions with each other and with U.S. leaders from the public, private, and non-profit sectors.  Following the Summit, up to 100 competitively-selected Fellows will participate in four weeks of professional development with U.S. non-governmental organizations, private companies, and government agencies.

Funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and implemented by IREX, Leadership Institutes will offer programs that will challenge, motivate, and empower young leaders from Africa to tackle the challenges of the 21st century.

Alliance for African Partnership (AAP), Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities (GSAH), Global Youth Advancement Network (GYAN), and Visiting International Professional Programs (VIPP) have come together to design a Leadership Institute grounded in MSU’s established commitment to collaboration with African scholars, community organizers, and young professionals. Fellows selected for the 2022 Leadership Institute at MSU will participate in a range of academic, cultural, and skills-based activities aimed at supporting projects in their home communities.

“Our Institute’s focus on civic engagement draws on MSU’s record in the areas of community outreach, global studies, and leadership training. This type of multi-dimensional international exchange is essential to addressing our shared global challenges,” said Salah Hassan, director of MSU’s GSAH program.

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Salah Hassan

For additional information about the Mandela Washington Fellowship Leadership Institute at MSU, please contact Derek Tobias at tobiasde@msu.edu 

The Mandela Washington Fellowship is a program of the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and administered by IREX.  For more information about the Mandela Washington Fellowship, visit mandelawashingtonfellowship.org and join the conversation at #YALI2022.