News about the Mandela Washington Fellowship Program at UC Davis


Imagination Deficit Disorder

During their Fellowship at UC Davis, Mandela Washington Fellows develop Ignite Talks, short and poignant speeches that spotlight issues facing their communities, their lives and the world. The 2023 cohort chose Faith Tokologo Mdhluli's Ignite Talk to represent them at the Mandela Washington Fellowship Summit in Washington, D.C. Here, in her own words, is Ms. Mdhluli's speech.

The 2023 UC Davis Mandela Washington Fellowship Begins

UC Davis welcomes 25 Fellows from 15 African countries for its seventh cohort of the Mandela Washington Fellowship. Fellows will participate in the Leadership in Public Management Institute at UC Davis for six weeks, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. Global Affairs encourages the campus community to connect with this year’s cohort members for information exchange, collaborations and other networking now through the end of July.  

UC Davis Mandela Washington Fellowship Inspires Global Change

In June, UC Davis welcomed the 2022 cohort of Mandela Washington Fellows, 25 young leaders from sub-Saharan Africa who are dedicated to promoting positive impact in their home countries. The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), administered by the U.S. Department of State. UC Davis is one of 27 campuses across the United States selected to hold an Institute this summer.

Improving Patient Care in Ghana with Lessons from the Mandela Washington Fellowship

I am Marilyn Mawusi Azumah, a senior nursing officer at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, Ghana. Health access and improving patient outcomes with better post-discharge care is my passion. My focus is to reduce the complications of non-communicable diseases. Thus, I was inspired to become a Mandela Washington Fellow to receive mentorship on creating sustainable solutions towards these goals. My experience with the program has been wonderful.