Texas Tech University

Mandela Washington Fellows Conclude Time at Texas Tech University

Paul Tubbs

July 24, 2023

Two dozen Fellows from 18 African countries finish six weeks of experience-based study with a graduation ceremony.


WHAT:  Mandela Washington Fellowship Graduation and Send-Off Ceremony

WHEN:  3 p.m. Wednesday (July 26)

WHERE:  Texas Tech University International Cultural Center Auditorium, 601 Indiana Ave.

Mandela Washington

EVENT:  Twenty-four young professionals from various countries in Africa will be honored during a graduation and farewell reception. This is the completion the Mandela Washington Fellows program for this cohort. During the ceremony, hosted by Texas Tech University's International Affairs (IA), the fellows will receive their institution certificate of completion from Texas Tech Vice Provost for International Affairs Elizabeth Trejos-Castillo. They will receive their Department of State certificate of completion from Provost Ron Hendrick.  Hendrick and Trejos-Castillo are scheduled to speak. 

IA has been hosting the fellows since June 21 as part of a six-week academic 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. IA started their relationship with Mandela Washington Fellowship in 2017. 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. The Texas Tech fellows will now travel to Washington, D.C. to meet with 700 fellows and staff from institutions across the country for the final component of the Mandela Washington Fellowship before traveling back to their home countries in Africa.


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