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Mandela Washington Fellows Arrive for Six-Week Public Management Institute

Amanda Castro-Crist

June 20, 2017


During their time at Texas Tech University, 25 bright, emerging African leaders will participate in classroom sessions, complete site visits and serve the local community.

Mandela Washington Fellows

WHAT: Texas Tech University hosts a cohort of 25 African fellows who will complete a six-week Public Management Academic and Leadership Institute, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and its implementing partner, the International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX).

WHEN: Through July 30

WHERE: Various locations on campus and around Lubbock

EVENTS: Created in 2014, the Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) and empowers young African leaders through academic coursework, leadership training and networking opportunities. YALI was created by President Barack Obama in 2010 and aims to support the growth and prosperity of young African leaders, strengthen democratic governance and increase peace and security across Africa. 

Mandela Washington Fellows

Faculty and staff from several areas, including the Office of International Affairs, the Department of Agricultural Education & Communications in the College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources and the Educational Psychology and Leadership graduate program in the College of Education, have been involved in the planning and logistics of the institute. The institute is split into three, two-week blocks of related classroom sessions, site visits and community service projects.

The first two weeks will focus on innovative problem solving, with visits to the Spirit Ranch (June 21), the South Plains Food Bank (June 26) and the Guadalupe Neighborhood Center (June 29), where fellows will complete a service project. Classroom sessions include topics like innovation in public systems, aspects of public speaking and networking and professional development.

Mandela Washington Fellows

The next two weeks will focus on leading transformations and include participation in Lubbock's Fourth of July festivities, a service project with the Center for Superheroes at Covenant Children's Hospital (July 10) and a visit to the Llano River Field Station at the TTU Center at Junction (July 13-15). Classroom sessions include discussions on crisis communication, innovations for effective community outreach and leading change.

The final two weeks will focus on ethical decision making and will include a trip to the University of Texas in Austin to meet with Mandela Fellows there (July 16-18), a networking event at the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce (July 20) and a service project with Lubbock Meals on Wheels (July 26). Classroom sessions include information on creating and honoring a code of ethics, leadership and planning ethical change.

For media availability, contact Amanda Castro-Crist in the Office of Communications and Marketing.

CONTACT: Amy Boren, assistant professor, Department of Agricultural Education and Communications, College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources, Texas Tech University (806) 834-7273 or amy.boren@ttu.edu 

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