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November 14, 2019

Mandela Washington Fellowship to receive International Innovative Educator of the Year award

Submitted by Mary K. Pyle

Mandela Washington Fellowship

The Office of International Programs will present the 2019 International Innovative Educator of the Year award to the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. 

The annual award, presented during International Education Week, recognizes an organization that goes above and beyond promoting international initiatives and/or serving our global student body. Established in 2012, the Innovative Educator of the Year Award is determined by the Office of International Programs leadership team.

K-State and the Staley School of Leadership Studies have had the honor of hosting 100 of Africa's best and brightest young leaders over the course of four Leadership in Civic Engagement Institutes through the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative, known as YALI. YALI was created in 2010 to support young African leaders as they spur growth and prosperity, strengthen democratic governance, and enhance peace and security across sub-Saharan Africa.

The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and administered by IREX. K-State was a sub-grantee of IREX and implemented U.S.-based Leadership Institutes each summer from 2016-2019. For more information about the Mandela Washington Fellowship, please visit mandelawashingtonfellowship.org.

"The OIP team felt strongly that the YALI program is a great demonstration of global collaborative partnerships at the highest level," said Grant Chapman, associate provost of the Office of International Programs. 

"We are thrilled to have the YALI partnership with the Staley School of Leadership Studies leadership be recognized and rewarded," said Marcellus Caldas Office of International Programs assistant provost. 

Charles Taber, provost and executive vice president, Chapman and Caldas will present this award and others at the 2019 International Education Awards Reception from 4:30-6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, in the UMB Theater at the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art.

Noted past recipients of this award:

  • 2012: Ecuador's Ministry of Education and SENESCYT, Ecuador's governing body of higher education for the Go Teacher program. 
  • 2013: The Brazil Ministry of Education, Brazilian Science Mobility Program.
  • 2014: The Center for Higher Education and Research, Centro Studi Citta di Orvieto, in Orvieto, Italy, for K-State's College of Architecture, Planning & Design's Italian Studies Program.
  • 2015: Paraguay's Comite Paraguay Kansas, or CPK, for assisting K-State in increasing our Paraguayan student population.
  • 2016: Chinese Ministry of Education Hanban Confucius Institute.
  • 2017: City of Manhattan Kansas under the leadership of Usha Reddi.
  • 2018: The Australian-American Fulbright Commission and the Oz to Oz Program and K-State hosting the only U.S. Distinguished Fulbright Chair in the U.S.