Mandela Washington Fellowship Events

Mandela Washington Fellowship Events

In 2019, UC Davis hosted the Mandela Washington Fellows for a Leadership in Public Management Institute. The institute will engage fellows to explore several themes of leadership and public management through experiential learning that combines guest speakers from academia and the public and private sectors, case studies and field visits to government institutions and private sector facilities, and projects that allow fellows to actively develop skills and address relevant issues in their home country or region.

Mandela Fellow bike tour
2019 UC Davis Mandela Fellows on a bike tour with Robb Davis, former mayor of Davis and current director of intercultural programs in Global Affairs at UC Davis. 

Academic, Leadership, and Professional Development Sessions

  • HR Management and Community Engagement (Robb Davis, international student advisor in Global Affairs and former Davis mayor, and Mike Webb, Davis city manager)
  • Energy Efficiency and Zero Net Energy at UC Davis and Beyond (Kurt Kornbluth, assistant adjunct professor in the College of Engineering)

Mandela Fellow looking at tools
During a site visit to UC Davis Program for International Energy Technologies.
  • Transportation Infrastructure and Project Management (Austin Brown, executive director of the Policy Institute for Energy, the Environment, and the Economy)
  • Public Utility Regulation (Nicholas Bowden, Transportation Technology and Policy Ph.D. student)
  • Youth and Young Leadership (UC Davis Chancellor Gary S. May)
  • Business in Africa (Grant Harris, CEO of Harris Africa Partners LLC.)
  • International Perspectives on Informal Water Systems (Pete Hartsough, assistant project scientist in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, and Yasmina Choueri, Geography Graduate Group Ph.D. student)
  • Water Resources: Energy and Policy Considerations (Sam Sandoval, assistant professor in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences)
  • Agriculture and Climate Change (Ermias Kebreab, professor and endowed chair in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, and associate dean of global engagement and director of the World Food Center)
  • Water Rights (Beth Rose Middleton, associate professor of Native American Studies at UC Davis)
  • Impact Evaluations to Improve Policy (Arman Rezaee, assistant professor in the College of Letters and Science)
  • Climate Issues (Dr. Helene Margolis, associate adjunct professor in the UC Davis School of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine and Sara Nichols, associate director of strategic initiatives at the UC Davis John Muir Institute of the Environment)
  • Intercultural Communication (Tina Castillo, academic/associate director and interim co-director of the International English and Professional Programs in UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education)
  • Leadership Challenge (Dan Schwab, UC Davis Human Resources)
  • Putting it all Together: Leading with Purpose and Strength (Oliver Hack, director of project development, Social Good Fund)

Community Service Events

Mandela Fellows planting trees
Planting trees with the Woodland Tree Foundation.
  • Davis Community Meals
  • Urban Forest Project
  • Woodland Tree Foundation
  • Yolo Food Bank

Select Site Visits and Partnerships

At Capitol Building
2019 UC Davis Mandela Washington Fellows visiting the California State Capitol in Sacramento.
  • California State Capitol
  • Bike tour of Davis with former City of Davis Mayor Robb Davis
  • California ISO
  • Crocker Art Museum
  • Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District
  • San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency
  • Tesla
  • UC Davis Global Affairs and Davis Network for Africa Networking Reception
  • UC Davis Horticulture Innovation Lab

Fellows at site visit
2019 UC Davis Mandela Washington Fellows visiting the Horticulture Innovation Lab.
  • UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center (TERC)
  • Woodland-Davis Clean Water Agency
  • Yolo County Landfill 

Fellows at site visit
2019 UC Davis Mandela Washington Fellows visiting the Woodland-Davis Clean Water Agency.

More Information

Please contact Jennie Konsella-Norene, administrative director of the Mandela Washington Fellowship and assistant director of global professional programs in Global Affairs, at jknorene@ucdavis.edu, with any questions.

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