The six-week program at Howard University’s Public Management Institute encompasses a blend of academic lectures from Howard University’s esteemed faculty and community partners and institutes, 

Service learning opportunities, and cultural and civic engagement activities that have been uniquely designed to ensure a diverse and enriching learning opportunity. 

Additionally, the program is designed to include several opportunities for networking such as: a weekly designated day for personal network exploration; organized visits with organizations/ professionals in relevant field areas; assigned individual Peer Collaborators; and networking events hosted by community organizations.

The objectives of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders are achieved in the academic component by utilizing an integrated approach. 

The faculty are, through their teaching, research and service, committed to the development of distinguished, historically aware, and compassionate graduates and to the discovery of solutions to human problems in the United States and throughout the world.  As such, various departments throughout our institution will provide valuable lectures and facilitate interesting discussions with the Fellows around historical events that impact contemporary public management issues. Specific objectives include:

  • Understanding of the core competencies of public management and administration; personnel administration, policy development and analysis, organizational development and behavior as they apply to a diverse workforce and citizenry.
  • Utilization of interdisciplinary approaches to address global and local public management issues.
  • Effective written, verbal, interpersonal and information management skills, essential for public administrators
  • Improve the management of workplace behaviors (leadership, team work, motivation, and personal ethics) needed to strengthen organizations and enhance effective performance.

Our program is multidisciplinary, including but not limited to faculty from:

  • School of Business
  • School of Divinity
  • School of Education
  • School of Social Work
  • College of Engineering, Architecture, & Computer Science
  • School of Communications
  • African Studies Department
  • The Ronald W. Walters Leadership & Public Policy Center