LUBBOCK, Texas (PRESS RELEASE) — Here is a press release from Texas Tech University:

Texas Tech University is proud to announce its selection as an institute partner for the 2022 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. Beginning in mid-June, Texas Tech’s Office of International Affairs will host 25 of Africa’s brightest emerging public management leaders for a six-week Leadership Institute, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

“We are delighted to welcome the 2022 Mandela Washington Fellows and help develop the skills and experiences of a talented group of young African leaders who will serve the future of their communities and nations,” said Sukant Misra, vice-president for international affairs in Texas. Technology. “The program provides unique opportunities for Scholars as well as Texas Tech faculty and staff, local organizations, and the greater Lubbock community to grow globally through networks, partnerships, and friendships with emerging young African leaders.”

The Mandela Washington Fellowship, the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), empowers young African leaders through academic coursework, leadership training, mentorship, networking, professional opportunities, and local community engagement . YALI was established in 2010 to help young Africans 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 fellows hosted by Texas Tech will be part of a group of 700 Mandela Washington Fellows hosted at 27 educational institutions across the United States.

Following their leadership institutes, fellows will participate in the Mandela Washington Fellowship Summit, where they will engage in networking discussions and panel discussions with each other and with American leaders from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. After the summit, up to 100 competitively selected fellows will participate in four weeks of professional development with U.S. nongovernmental organizations, private companies, and government agencies.

Funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and implemented by IREX, the Leadership Institutes will offer programs to challenge, motivate, and empower young African leaders to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

Texas Tech University is also pleased to announce that it has been selected to host a Fellow for the Professional Development Experience (PDE) Stream of the Fellowship from January 31 to March 11, 2022, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, and with the health, safety, and well-being of fellows and partners a top priority, the Mandela Washington Fellowship was conducted virtually in 2021. New for this year, 30 alumni 2021 fellows have been selected to participate in the Spring 2022 PDEs – six-week virtual professional internships with U.S. non-governmental organizations, private companies, and government agencies. PDEs allow fellows to learn and grow as young professionals while providing U.S. organizations with rewarding opportunities to participate in collaborative exchanges.

For more information about the Mandela Washington Fellowship Leadership Institute at Texas Tech, contact Michael Johnson at (806) 834-4622 or visit the YALI website.

(Texas Tech University press release)