Texas Tech University

International Affairs to Host Mandela Washington Fellows Program Graduation, Send Off

Paul Tubbs

July 12, 2022

Mandela Fellows

24 Fellows from 20 African countries close out six weeks of experience-based study on Texas Tech campus.

WHAT:  Mandela Fellowship Program Graduation and Send-Off Ceremony

WHEN:  4 pm Thursday (July 14)

WHERE:  Texas Tech University International Cultural Center Hall of Nations, 601 Indiana Ave.

Mandela Fellows

EVENT:  Twenty-four young professionals from across Africa will be honored in a graduation and farewell reception upon completing the Mandela Washington Fellows program. During the ceremony, hosted by Texas Tech University's Office of International Affairs (OIA), the fellows will receive their institution certificate of completion from Texas Tech Provost Ron Hendrick. Hendrick and Vice Provost of International Affairs Elizabeth Trejos-Castillo are scheduled to speak. 

OIA has been hosting the fellows since June 9 as part of a six-week academic and leadership training program. The Mandela Washington Fellowship began in 2014 in conjunction with the Young African Leaders Initiative to cultivate leaders between the ages of 25 and 35 from the Sub-Saharan region of the continent. OIA started its relationship with Mandela Washington Fellowship back in 2017 and hosted the fellows again this year for the first time since the global COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. The fellows have been involved in various activities since their arrival such as leadership skill development, academic study, workshops, mentoring and networking, and cultural events in the Texas Panhandle.


CONTACT:  Michael Johnson
Associate Director of International Grants Administration and Partnerships
Office of International Affairs, Texas Tech University
(806) 742-3667