WASHINGTON (July 17, 2014) – Participants in the Obama administration’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Fellowship program at Howard University will join the South African Embassy for its International Nelson Mandela Day Celebration on July 18, as a continuation of the Howard University Republic of South Africa’s (HURSAP’s) partnership with the embassy to commemorate the legacy and values of Nelson Mandela.
In 2009, the United Nations declared July 18, as Nelson Mandela International Day, and it has since served as a day for community service throughout the world. This year, the embassy of South Africa is partnering with the organizations Martha’s Table and So Other’s May Eat (SOME) to help clean community areas and playground areas, plant flowers and help prepare food for Martha’s Table’s soup kitchen.
The YALI program is the Obama administration’s signature effort to invest in the next generation of African leaders. Howard University and 19 other U.S. universities are hosting nearly 500 young African leaders who are participating in six weeks of academic programs this summer, focused on civic leadership, business and entrepreneurship and public management.
Under the direction of Anthony Wutoh, Ph.D., assistant provost and dean of the College of Pharmacy, Howard University is partnering with alumni and other members of the Howard community on the program. Howard University Interim President Wayne A.I. Frederick serves as program director for the YALI Institute. The interdisciplinary program includes the participation of faculty from several units, including Divinity, Communications, Afro-American Studies, Business, Engineering, African Studies and History.
Twenty-five young African leaders from 20 countries, including Nigeria, Djibouti, Cameroon and South Africa, are participating in the program at Howard University from June 15 to July 25. Program administrators include Dr. Lucinda Acquaye, program manager; Dr. Jean Bailey, YALI Cultural and Educational Outreach Director and HURSAP chair; Jeronimo Augusto, program manager for international programs; Dr. Sonya Smith, chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering; and Dr. Elsie Scott, director, Ronald W. Walters Center for Leadership and Public Policy.
Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at www.howard.edu.