N.C. A&T Student Named Frederick Douglas Global Fellow; Will Study in South Africa

Joshua BlackwellGREENSBORO, N.C. (Nov. 13, 2017) - Joshua Blackwell, a sophomore Industrial and Systems Engineering student at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, was named Thursday as one of 10 students chosen nationally for the Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship (FDGF) Program

The program is part of a three-year strategic partnership between the Council on International Educational Exchange and the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions. It is designed to break down the barriers of cost, curriculum and culture and to provide study abroad opportunities to students from minority serving institutions. 

Nominated by the College of Engineering at North Carolina A&T, Blackwell will be afforded the opportunity to experience and interact with the culture, community and citizenry of Cape Town, South Africa, along with the other nine members of the cohort. That four-week experience will in turn provide a repository of distinctive and recent advice, recommendations and motivation for inspiring other under-represented students to pursue similar opportunities. 

“We are excited to participate in the development of leaders that are taught the value of intercultural awareness and molded to be change agents in their communities like our great ancestor, Frederick Douglass,” shares Nettie Washington Douglass, chairwoman and co-founder of Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives. 

FDGF encourages students to model the bold, globally conscious and service-oriented life and legacy of Frederick Douglass, who gained significant acclaim for his dedication to national and international social reform and abolition in a time when most African-American’s were not afforded such opportunities, rather were systemically prohibited. 

Selected from a large pool of national applicants, each fellow is noted to have demonstrated high academic achievement, possess exemplary communication skills, display the hallmarks of self-determination, exhibit characteristics of bold leadership and have a history of service to others. 

Excited for the upcoming journey, Blackwell hopes that the fellowship will allow him to grow as an individual and reflect on ways he could improve using his global perspective.