This summer the Center for Integrative Leadership at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota is hosting a group of 25 young African leaders for a six-week academic and leadership institute. The institute is part of the Mandela Washington Fellowship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative.
The interdisciplinary training will focus on providing fellows the skills they need to serve as public managers and improve service to their communities. In addition to coursework on the University of Minnesota campus, the young Africans will participate in programs with local businesses, nonprofits, and government agencies.
“We are honored to join with the State Department for the second year of this exciting global partnership,” said Eric Schwartz, dean of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. “It is a perfect fit for the Center for Integrative Leadership’s experience in educating, cultivating and empowering leaders.”
The cohort of 25 fellows hosted by the University of Minnesota hail from Mali, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Rwanda, South Africa, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea-Bissau, Botswana, Madagascar, Zambia, Cameroon, Tanzania, and Liberia.
Below is a video providing more information on the Mandela Washington Fellowship program.