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Mandela Fellows Honored by City Council, Conclude Texas Tech Institute

Amanda Castro-Crist

July 24, 2017

The group will receive honorary citizenship from the Lubbock City Council and wrap up their time at Texas Tech with a closing ceremony.

Mandela Fellows

WHAT: The cohort of 25 Texas Tech University Mandela Washington Fellows will be presented with honorary citizenship by the Lubbock City Council this week, followed by a ceremony concluding the six-week leadership institute hosted by the university.


  • City council meeting: 5:15 p.m. Thursday (July 27)
  • Closing ceremony: 4-5:30 p.m. Friday (July 28)


  • City council meeting: City Council chambers, 1625 13th St.
  • Closing ceremony: Helen DeVitt Jones Sculpture Court, Museum of Texas Tech University, 601 Indiana Ave.

EVENTS: The Lubbock City Council will present honorary citizenship certificates at its regular meeting to the scholars of the Mandela Washington Fellowship. The fellows also will be presented with a special recognition of friendship and goodwill.

The Office of International Affairs will conclude the six-week Public Management Academic and Leadership Institute with a closing ceremony at the Museum of Texas Tech.

About the Mandela Washington Fellowship

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. The program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and its implementing partner, the International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX).

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, were involved in the planning and logistics of the institute, which was split into three, two-week blocks of related classroom sessions, site visits and community service projects.

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