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Mandela Washington Fellowship

LSU is proud to announce its selection as an Institute Partner for the 2024 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. This summer, LSU is hosting 25 of Africa’s bright, emerging Civic Engagement leaders for a six-week Leadership Institute sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

During their six-week visit to LSU, the Mandela Washington Fellows will establish meaningful professional networks in Louisiana. Through both classroom discussions and hands-on projects, Fellows will engage with locals on the topics of community development, advocacy and social change, leadership, and collaboration. The goal of the six-week Institute is to provide mutual learning: LSU aims to support the Fellows’ leadership development and to learn from their valuable expertise, experience, and cultural context.


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Meet the Fellows

The Mandela Washington Fellows visiting LSU's campus hail from twenty African countries. They are trailblazers in technology, art, and sustainability. They advocate for the rights of women, of people with disabilities, and of those struggling with their mental health. They care for people facing addiction, youth incarceration, and serious medical concerns. And they are shaping the future of agriculture, science education, and opportunities for youth. In the face of humanity’s most pressing needs, they take action – as leaders and problem-solvers. LSU is deeply grateful for the opportunity to connect and collaborate with this remarkable group of Fellows. 


Institute Planning Team

The Office of Global Engagement and LSU's Center for Community Engagement, Learning and Leadership (CCELL) are leading the programming for the Mandela Washington Fellows' visit and are collaborating with many LSU departments, colleges, and institutes; Southern University leaders and academic units; and a network of Baton Rouge community programs.

The LSU faculty and staff members directing the program are Dr. Sarah Becker, Academic Director; Laura Dean, Administrative Director; and Dr. Oliver Crocco, Leadership Director (pictured).

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The Mandela Washington Fellowship is a program of the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and administered by IREX. For more information about the Mandela Washington Fellowship, visit and join the conversation at #YALI2024.