Kellogg Fellows Study Education in S. Africa

May 15th, 2006 | By | Category: 17-4: Reforming Our Schools, Native Style, Tribal College News

Seventeen former Kellogg MSI Leadership Fellows and current staff members traveled to South Africa last November as part of a Fulbright-Hays seminar series. Two of those 17 represented the American Indian Higher Education Consortium: Dr. Maggie George (a 2002-2003 fellow) and Dr. Deborah His Horse is Thunder (project director).

Faculty who participate in Fulbright-Hays seminars are expected to incorporate international people, scholarship, language, and culture into their curriculum.

The MSI Leadership Fellowship program was funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation for 3 years to match mentors with fellows from minority-serving institutions.

For the South Africa seminar series, the participants read books and articles and heard exemplary speakers such as Ralph Hines of the Fulbright-Hays Program and Dick Fehnel, the Ford Foundation’s former program officer for higher education in South Africa. They visited several universities, including a historically disadvantaged university in Cape Town and a historically advantaged university in Pretoria.

Some of South Africa’s foremost scholars and leaders in higher education led the educational sessions. While in South Africa, the participants studied how to define student success and higher education institutions’ role in addressing poverty and health disparities. Since their return, the participants are continuing to collaborate with South African educators on these topics.

“It has been only 11 years since apartheid ended in South Africa and Blacks, who make up the vast majority of the population, became eligible to vote. The higher education system in South Africa struggles as it works toward a democratic, free, non-racial society,” according to His Horse is Thunder.

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