2018 YAALI South Africa Fellow

My name is Seneca Williams. I am a Senior Political Science major, Administration of Justice minor at Howard University and I am from Stafford, Virginia. I have been selected to be a 2018 South Africa Fellow through the Young AfricanA Leadership Initiative (YAALI). As a South Africa Fellow, I will have the opportunity to travel to both Cape Town and Johannesburg from December 7-18, 2018.

The Young AfricanA Leadership Initiative (YAALI) aligns with President Obama’s YALI initiative committed to investing in developing partnerships in Africa. The mission of YAALI is to allow young Africana (African American, Caribbean, and Latin American) student leaders to obtain the skills, research and service learning experiences we need to be global citizens. Through learning, researching and visiting Africa, the origin of civilization, we gain an educational and enlightening experience.

During my time at Howard University I have studied abroad in Oaxaca Mexico,  worked at the Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center, held a leadership position as a member in student government,  became a member of The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. Alpha Chapter and  was captain of the Howard University Men’s Lacrosse team, all the while maintaining a GPA of  3.34.

One of my most memorable and rewarding experiences during my time at Howard University was studying abroad. I was able to not only expand my language skills but also expand my worldly and global views. The YAALI program will allow me to do this again but with a more personal focus on the African diaspora, and allow me to expand my knowledge of the continent where life originated.

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Seneca Williams
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Seneca Williams 
Hyattsville, MD

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