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Mandela Washington Fellows Opening Ceremony

Join us for a brief opening program in Town Hall followed by a reception. Heavy hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be served.
Having just arrived to the community, Fellows will be seeking connections and energy will be high. We look forward to this event each year to get to know them and learn about each Fellows’ “leadership for what?”. They look forward to this time to get to know our K-State community. Spend time networking with them and learning what passion they bring to their particular area of interest and how they plan to utilize leadership to impact change.
Kansas State University will host 25 Mandela Washington Fellows for a Civic Leadership Institute facilitated by the Staley School of Leadership. The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of the U.S. Department of State’s Young African Leaders Initiative. Fellows come from more than 20 different Sub-Saharan African nations and were selected for the program because of their civic leadership work.
The fellows bring diverse experiences. Their work includes these topics:
  • rural community development
  • youth development
  • education
  • women and girl’s rights
  • disability advocacy
  • sustainable agriculture development
  • environmental sustainability
While they are in Manhattan, fellows will build a professional network. They will meet with community members who share a passion for civic leadership and leading change. This network can and will cultivate relationships focused on sharing best practices, working through leadership challenges, and building cross-cultural professional relationships.

Friday, June 21 at 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Leadership Studies Building ( Map)
1300 Mid Campus Dr North Manhattan, KS 66506‐6800

Event Type

Social Gathering


Civic Engagement, Diversity and Inclusion


Current students, Faculty, Staff



Staley School of Leadership Studies


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