The Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship is a nationwide initiative designed to break down the barriers of cost, curriculum, and culture to make study abroad accessible to students from minority-serving institutions (MSIs). Along with Project Passport, the fellowship is part of a strategic three-year partnership between CIEE and the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions (CMSI) to increase study abroad at MSIs. We received many wonderful applications from students around the country and are proud to announce the first-ever Frederick Douglass Global Fellows:
- Georgina Aguilar - University of California, Santa Barbara
- Anna Brogan - Bluefield State College
- Brennan Edwards - Lincoln University, Missouri
- Trey Hawkins - Howard University
- Chinwendu Maduegbunam - Fayetteville State University
- Adebobola Owoseni - Paul Quinn College
- Meghan Sowersby - Cheyney University of Pennsylvania
- Katherine Tran - University of Texas, San Antonio
- Mayra Kahori Vidana - University of Texas, El Paso
- Peire Wilson - LaGuardia Community College
These Frederick Douglass Global Fellows are meritorious individuals who demonstrate high academic achievement, possess exemplary communication skills, display the hallmarks of self-determination, exhibit characteristics of bold leadership, and have a history of service to others. In the spirit of Frederick Douglass, one of America’s most powerful intellectuals, communicators, and scholars, they have committed to sharing their experiences and intercultural growth with peers and classmates before, during, and after their summer abroad.
“These fellows exemplify the wonderful kinds of students that attend minority-serving institutions,” said Marybeth Gasman, professor and director of CMSI. “They’re determined and inspiring, and they represent the future leaders of our increasingly diverse nation.”
This year's cohort of 10 students will take part in a summer study abroad program designed to enhance their leadership and intercultural skills in London, England. Future Frederick Douglass Global Fellows will participate in study abroad programs in Cape Town, South Africa (summer 2018), and Seoul, South Korea (summer 2019).
“Frederick Douglass was an American icon. He escaped from slavery, wrote and spoke widely on issues of human rights and social justice in America and Europe, and became one of the most influential figures of the 19th century concerning the abolition and suffrage movements, as well as domestic and international relations,” stated CIEE's President and CEO Jim Pellow. “We’re honored to partner with Penn CMSI to enable a new generation of student leaders to build on their impressive credentials with an international experience in London, similar to Frederick Douglass’ international experience in 1845.”
Please join us in congratulating these inspiring students!