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Mandela Washington Fellowship Alumni Trip to UMass Amherst in Summer 2022: UMass Amherst


AMHERST, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Amherst Civic Initiative is proud to announce its selection as an Alumni Enrichment Institute Partner for the 2022 Alumni Enrichment Institutes, an opportunity for alumni of the Mandela Washington Fellowship 2021 to travel to the United States in the summer of 2022 to collaborate with and with their American counterparts and to continue to develop the professional and leadership skills they have developed during their virtual leadership institutes 2021. Beginning in late July, the University of Massachusetts Amherst Civic Initiative will host 25 of Africa’s brightest emerging leaders for a two-week Graduate Enrichment Institute, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State .


Graduate Enrichment Institutes are an opportunity to follow up on the Mandela Washington Fellowshipthe flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). YALI was established in 2010 and supports young Africans as they drive economic growth and prosperity, strengthen democratic governance, and strengthen peace and security in Africa. Since 2014, the U.S. Department of State has helped nearly 5,100 Mandela Washington Scholars from across sub-Saharan Africa develop their leadership skills and foster relationships and collaboration with U.S. professionals.

The cohort of 25 participants housed by the UMass Civic Initiative will be part of a larger group of 200 2021 Mandela Washington Scholars alumni housed at eight educational institutions across the United States. These institutions represent the diversity of American higher education, including public and private schools, rural and urban campuses, and small and large student populations.

The two-week Alumni Enrichment Institutes will leverage experiential and discussion-based learning to provide participants with broadly applicable knowledge of American culture and society and immerse them in an American community through community service. , cultural exchanges, strategic networks and site visits. Participants will also participate in programs on topics such as America’s diverse culture and society, resilience and ethics in leadership, and principles of social justice.

Prior to their arrival at UMass Amherst, participants will attend welcome events in Washington, D.C., where they will engage with U.S. nongovernmental organizations, private businesses, and government agencies with an interest in Africa to develop an understanding mutual through high-level sessions and workshops, forming a lasting and prestigious network of effective leaders in critical sectors in sub-Saharan Africa and the United States.

Funded by the United States Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and implemented by IREXAlumni Enrichment Institutes offer unique professional development that will challenge, motivate and empower young African leaders to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

Some highlights of the UMass Amherst Civic Initiative program will include connecting participants with the local community through different sessions with local scholars, homestay dinners with families, and panels with students.

Participants will also learn about the history of Western Massachusetts through site visits to Old Deerfield Village, Historic Holyoke, and a day trip to Boston to visit different historic sites.

You can meet attendees at the on-campus networking event, public school panel, or volunteer at the Amherst Survival Center.

For more information about the 2022 Alumni Enrichment Institute with the UMass Amherst Civic Initiative, please contact Director Michael Hannahan at: [email protected] or visit: https://donahue.umass.edu/civic.

the Mandela Washington Fellowship is a program of US State Department with funding provided by the US government and administered by IREX. For more information on the Mandela Washington Fellowship, visit: mandelawashingtonfellowship.org.