Welcome 2016 Mandela Washington Fellows!

Welcome 2016 Mandela Washington Fellows!

Greetings to the International leaders who
will be visiting us this summer. My name is Lynn Okagaki and I am the Deputy Provost for
Academic Affairs at the University of Delaware. On behalf of the students, faculty and staff,
it is my pleasure to welcome you to campus. We’ll be covering a number of different
themes during the six weeks. The first week has a focus on leadership. Then, we will focus
on good governance. Then, we will turn to advocacy and civic organizations. We also
have a week on social media and information and communication technology. We have a week
that focuses on organizational development and aspects of the mechanics of running an
organization. The final week looks at Entrepreneurship. We have identified some very interesting organizations,
where you will have the opportunity to engage with the community through community service.
Among these are AIDS Delaware, Center for Justice, and Easter Seals. We’re also in
conversation with the City Council in Wilmington, and one of the City Counselors will lead a
tour of the inner city during your stay. I’m really excited to meet all of you this
summer. I look forward to hearing about all of your experiences and to learning about
your interest in civic leadership, and how you plan to bring the skills you acquire here
this summer back to your home communities. While you are here at the University of Delaware,
not only will you be able to interact with other Mandela Fellows, but you’ll also have
the chance to interact with other students from the Middle East, North Africa, and Sub-Saharan
Africa who are participating in the MEPI and SUSI programs. Here at UD, you’re at the center of the
East Coast Megalopolis. You’re just hours from New York and Washington, D.C. and just
45 minutes from Philadelphia and Baltimore, all great American cities. As Mandela Washington
Fellows, you’ll have the opportunity to visit all of these places. Well I am standing on Main Street. This is
the best part of Newark. This is where the restaurants and the cafés are. There is also
the University Bookstore. There is a great variety here of restaurants and even the boutiques
and the small stores are a lot of fun. This is where most people spend their evenings
and go out to have fun, not only the students but the professors and the staff of the University. Hey, guys! This is Morris Library, my favorite
place on campus. I can get whatever books and resources I need from this place. I believe
you can also have a great time here. My advice to you would be to explore as much
as you can, to try to meet as many people as you can. Learn about them and learn about
their culture. People are very nice here and very open. I’ve met so many people from
so many countries and it’s pretty enjoyable. At the University of Delaware, we have 20,000
undergraduate and graduate students, more than 3,000 of whom hail from 94 countries
around the globe. Around 30 percent of students study abroad during their career at UD. Our
University is proud to have founded the nation’s first study abroad program in 1923. Our campus
is truly global. Beyond this, our students, staff, and faculty
engage in research and service around the globe. For instance, over the next year our
student-led chapter of Engineers Without Borders, of which I am a very proud advisor, will begin
construction on two water and sanitation projects in Malawi and the Philippines. This year 372
students served sixteen communities in the United States and Abroad through the UD Alternative
Breaks Program, and that’s a service learning effort. Our faculty, some of whom you’ll
meet over the summer, travel abroad or work virtually with 150 plus partner institutions
on six continents. While you are here, you’ll have many opportunities to interact with our
global communities and we know that they are very excited to meet you, too. Safe journeys as you travel here this summer, and I look
forward to meeting you when you arrive in just a few weeks! We are so excited for you to be here in Delaware this
summer, and we’ll see you soon! See you soon! See you soon! See you soon! [Cheering].

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