Announcing the 2019 Frederick Douglass Global Fellows

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Today at the Forum on Education Abroad Annual Conference, the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) and the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions (CMSI) announced the third cohort for the Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship program. The following outstanding freshmen and sophomores from Minority Serving Institutions, chosen for their academic achievement, communication skills, and service to others, will participate in a four-week experiential education program at CIEE’s London Global Institute this summer:

Jessica Allen City College of San Francisco
Jibril Bing CUNY Stella and Charles Guttman Community College
Alisa Fowler Paul Quinn College
John François CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Jasmine Garcia California State University, Fullerton
Daniela Quinones The University of Texas at El Paso
Qiwei Chen The University of Texas at San Antonio
Henry Seyue Benedict College
Hali Smith Clark Atlanta University  
Frederick Uy Claflin University 

The Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship is part of a three-year strategic partnership between CIEE and CMSI, designed to break down the barriers of cost, curriculum, and culture to make study abroad accessible to students from Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs).

Each year, the Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship, named in honor of Frederick Douglass, the renowned African-American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and international statesman, covers all program fees and travel costs for 10 outstanding MSI students to participate in an intensive summer study abroad program focused on leadership and intercultural communication.

The Frederick Douglass Global Fellows were nominated by their college leadership and selected from a pool of more than 250 applicants in a national competition. When they return to their campuses after studying abroad, they will use their experiences to motivate other underrepresented students to pursue similar study abroad opportunities.

“We are thrilled with the number, quality, and diversity of applications we received this year,” said Marybeth Gasman, the Judy and Howard Berkowitz Professor of Education and Director of CMSI. “We had students from many different backgrounds and academic majors apply for the program, and all types of MSIs were represented, including Asian American Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions (AANAPISI), Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), and Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCU).”

“The students selected for the Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship are ten exemplary student leaders who demonstrate the iconic leadership, keen intellect, and natural change-agent attributes of Frederick Douglass,” said James P. Pellow, President and CEO of CIEE. “These students will be the next generation of leaders and the intercultural competence and global perspective they will gain during the London program will benefit them throughout their lives.”

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