Friday, December 8, 2017

Dear Howard University Community:
On behalf of the entire Howard community, I wish to congratulate Howard University alumna, Chaniqua Nelson (B.A. ’11, M.A. ’13) of Durham, North Carolina on being awarded a 2018 Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship.
Chaniqua is a very talented scholar who is committed to public service. Her experiences at Howard became the realization of her desire to learn more about the plight of people of African descent. A double Political Science alumna, Nelson’s research focuses on ‘Black Politics’ and ‘African Politics.’
Funded by the U.S. Department of State and managed by the Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center at Howard University, the Rangel Fellowship supports extraordinary individuals who intend to pursue a career representing the U.S. Foreign Service, and includes up to $95,000 of graduate school assistance over two years.
Nelson’s long-term goal is to become a Public Diplomacy coned officer and ascend to the rank of Minister Counselor for Public Affairs. Her ultimate goal as a future Foreign Service Officer is to work to bring in more historically underrepresented groups into the Foreign Service, change the perception of what Foreign Service Officer’s look like worldwide, and strengthen the relationship between the U.S. and other countries.
Howard University has produced a total of 20 Rangel Fellows to date—the highest count of any institution nationwide. We applaud Ms. Nelson for this major accomplishment, and wish her well in her future endeavors. I look forward to the positive ways at which she will represent the University and encourage other students who have an interest in foreign service.
Thank you again to our students, faculty, and staff who ensure that Howard University remains the destination for world-class talent.
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Excellence in Truth and Service,

Wayne A. I. Frederick, M.D., MBA