Mandela Washington Fellows

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In 2015, the University of Nevada was  awarded a U.S. Department of State program called the Mandela Washington Fellowship (MWF).  This MWF is the flagship program of President Obama's Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). Nationwide, the Mandela Washington Fellowship will provide 500 Sub-Saharan African professionals with unique opportunities to develop expertise in their subject areas, grow their professional networks, and increase their knowledge of the United States.    The participants are highly accomplished leaders in their respective fields.  Most have a Master's Degree and already own their own businesses.  The 500 participants are chosen from 30,000 applicants from every Sub-Saharan country. 

The University of Nevada joined a prestigious group of universities that include the University of Notre Dame, the University of Texas at Austin, Dartmouth College, Rutgers University, Tulane University, Arizona State University, University of California, Berkeley, the University of Virginia, Howard University, Georgia State, Syracuse University, etc. At Nevada, 25 fellows participated in a customized six-week academic Institute that focuses on practical skills-building in the area of business and entrepreneurship.  Dr. Dave Croasdell in the College of Business Administration and Dr. Carina Black at the Northern Nevada International Center will collaborate to implement the project this summer. 

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A key component of the program is for the Young African leaders to meet as many Americans as possible. In 2018 we'll again seek our community's assistance in setting up a professional and cultural program as follows:

1)    Peer Collaborators (young entrepreneurs with similar age and interest will meet with fellows in both formal and informal settings; peers will be paired with like-minded individuals and establish a connection that allows them to meet both on a professional and personal level). Click here for the flyer. 

2)    Mentors (experienced business owners and entrepreneurs will meet with the fellows on a weekly basis to discuss business strategies, and develop individual leadership plans)

3)    Site Visits Providers (will showcase a business or venue that complements thematically the program areas below and/or corresponds to the interests of the fellows)

4)    Workshop Facilitator (will offer a two to three hour workshop in one of the following areas: US History of Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Technology, Convergence of business,  government and civil sectors, conducting market research & public relations, manufacturing, distribution and intellectual property, finance, microfinance, crowd funding, accounting, investments,  leadership and ethics

For more information on the Young African Leaders Initiative, please see

To volunteer in any of the above areas, contact Dr. Croasdell at or Dr. Carina Black at