The La Follette School of Public Affairs is coordinating a day at the State Capitol for 25 young African leaders visiting the University of Wisconsin–Madison for six weeks as part of the Mandela Washington Fellowship. La Follette School Director Don Moynihan, Emeritus Professor Dennis Dresang, Assistant Professor Emilia Tjernström, and Associate Director Hilary Shager also will share their expertise with the 15 women and 10 men from 20 countries.
UW-Madison’s African Studies Program developed the academic curriculum for the 25 fellows with the La Follette School of Public Affairs, Global Health Institute, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, Office of Quality Improvement, Law School, and School of Education.
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 in the United States. Participants represent diverse professional fields, including healthcare, law, journalism, social services, human rights, and public administration.
On June 22, the young African leaders will meet with State Rep. Joan Ballweg, State Sen. Fred Risser, and the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families. They also will visit the Legislative Audit Bureau and tour the Capitol. Heidi Normandin (MPA ’98), associate director of the Family Impact Seminars and Committee Connect at the La Follette School, organized the Capitol visits.
The fellows will be in Madison from June 16 to June 30, when they will fly to Washington, D.C. for a three-day summit with all 1,000 fellows. The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI).