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YALI reception 029UW-Madison hosts 25 young African leaders

The 25 young African leaders who have come to the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus for a six-week academic and leadership institute represent a variety of fields, including medicine, public health, law, education and community activism.

The 13 women and 12 men, from 19 countries, are here through the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and hosted here by the African Studies Program.

This summer, the Mandela Washington Fellowship has brought 1,000 leaders – ages 25 to 35 – from across Africa for academic and experiential learning institutes at U.S. institutions. The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), part of U.S. efforts to strengthen democratic institutions in sub-Saharan Africa.

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Alumni: Experiences on campus inspire Lopez, Reed to pursue opportunities abroad

  • Daniella Lopez learned early on how it feels to be different, to be in the minority. But Lopez grew up with a fierce determination to push forward, which has carried her from a small Wisconsin town to the University of Wisconsin–Madison, to Europe, and now in China. Read more
  • His studies at UW–Madison fostered Patrick Reed’s interest in exploring different cultures and perspectives. Add to that a desire to serve others. As one of the latest UW–Madison alumni to sign with the Peace Corps, Reed reported in mid-June as a community health extension volunteer in Swaziland, a small, land-locked country in southern Africa. Read more