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Frederick Douglass Global Fellows say look again at studying abroad

CIEE launches social media campaign celebrating the brilliance of Frederick Douglass Global Fellows and the benefits of studying abroad

This week, the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) launched a social media campaign – #CIEEmpower #MSInspirational #FrederickDouglassGlobalFellows – to share the personal reflections of 20 extraordinary students who have studied abroad in the Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship program, which is sponsored jointly by CIEE and the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions.

Each year, the Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship awards 10 students from the nation’s 600-plus Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) full scholarships to a summer study abroad program designed to enhance their leadership and intercultural communication skills.  Named in honor of Frederick Douglass, the renowned African American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer and international statesman, the Fellowship was launched in 2017.

A goal of this social media campaign is to showcase the diverse stories of the Frederick Douglass Global Fellows, in the hopes that students of many different ethnic, socioeconomic, and academic backgrounds will see someone like themselves who has had a life-changing study abroad experience and will be inspired to apply for a 2019 Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship. The campaign launched with a video testimonial from Carmen Crusoe, a junior at Howard University. The public is asked to view and share her inspirational video.

In addition to Crusoe, the campaign will also highlight the experiences of the following students:

2018 Frederick Douglass Fellows – Studied in Cape Town, South Africa

Chiagoziem Agu, Albany State University

Joshua Blackwell, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University

Andres Colmenares, Miami Dade College

Darielis Cruz, Mercy College

Juan Jose Duran, California State University, San Marcos

Kloe Harris, Lincoln University, Missouri

Malena Her, California State University, Sacramento

DeVon Jackson, Virginia State University

Jorian Reeves, Xavier University of Louisiana

Data recently released by the Institute of International Education found that less than 30 percent of the 332,727 students who studied abroad in 2017 were students of color, and only 6.1 percent were African Americans. The Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship was designed to break down barriers of cost, curriculum, and culture to make study abroad programs more accessible to students traditionally underrepresented in study abroad.

Students selected for the 2019 Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship will participate in an intensive four-week, three credit summer study abroad program at CIEE’s London Global Institute. New this year, all qualified students who apply for the Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship but are not selected as Fellows will still receive $1,500 grants toward select study abroad programs.

Chiagoziem Agu, a 20-year-old student at Albany State University, called his experience as a 2018 Frederick Douglass Fellow in Cape Town, South Africa, “nothing short of amazing, intellectually challenging, and overall enlightening.”

“In a four-week span, I was afforded the opportunity to engage in some of the most necessary and thought-provoking conversations I have ever had with some of the brightest minds,” Chiagoziem said. “Every day, I was exposed to something different.”

Online applications for the 2019 Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship are due by February 14, 2019, and can be found Applicants must be freshmen or sophomores from MSI institutions and the additional requirements are on the website.

Student’s interested in applying should reach out to the Penn Center’s Associate Director for Programs, Paola Esmieu, at [email protected] with any questions.

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