African professionals, activists among 2017 Mandela Washington Fellows at UW-Madison

In mid-June, the University of Wisconsin–Madison will welcome 25 young African leaders to campus, representing 20 countries and diverse professional fields including healthcare, law, journalism, social services, human rights and public administration.

The African Studies Program has released the names and biographies of the 25 young leaders who will spend six weeks on the UW–Madison campus as part of the Mandela Washington Fellowship.

The fellowship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, brings 1,000 leaders between the ages of 25 and 35 from across Africa to complete a six-week academic and experiential learning institute at U.S. institutions. UW–Madison will host 25 fellows — 15 women and 10 men. They will arrive on June 16.

“We anticipated a high-caliber group after hosting the fellowship for the first time in summer 2016,” African Studies Program Associate Director Aleia McCord said. “Once again, we are pleased to welcome a cohort of inspirational young leaders and change makers to Wisconsin.”

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