The Program at Notre Dame

YALI Group Photo

The African Fellows' U.S experience begins with a six-week academic course at one of several university campuses across the country. At Notre Dame, a collaborative group guides the program, highlighting the university's expertise in global development and entrepreneurship. 

NDIGD unites the existing strengths of these programs with a dedicated staff of experienced international development professionals, administrators and researchers in the areas of training and capacity building, monitoring and evaluation, and policy analysis.The fellowship participants are hosted by the Mendoza College of Business, which has a proven leadership record in ethics, corporate social responsibility, business for good and value-based leadership. The ESTEEM program combines science and technology with business expertise to encourage outside-the-box thought processes that lead to innovative ventures in a complex world. The Ford Program has established strong relationships with universities in East Africa, and seeks to work with partners to build local capacity for solving the challenges associated with extreme poverty.The collaborators are led by Notre Dame’s Initiative for Global Development (NDIGD), and include the Mendoza College of Business, the University’s Engineering, Science, Technology and Entrepreneurship Excellence Masters (ESTEEM) program, and Kellogg Institute for International Studies’ Ford Family Program in Human Development Studies and Solidarity.

The YALI Film Project, led by Notre Dame corporate partner Bisk of Tampa, Florida, was there to capture each moment of the 2015 institute. View the trailer and full film here.

Become a Host Family for Mandela Washington Fellows!

The YALI Notre Dame Program is seeking members of the Michiana community to get involved with the 25 young business leaders from Africa who will be hosted at the University in summer 2017. The program seeks local families interested in meeting with the Fellows for fun, hospitality, sharing and a meal. The program will match 2-3 fellows with each host family on Saturday evenings. Families can host the Fellows one or two times during the fellowship.

Host families provide a unique opportunity for Fellows to get introduced to the American way of life as well as share their culture. The program welcomes families of all sizes, different ethnic and religious backgrounds to get involved. In addition to this, we ask host families to: complete an application form, attend an orientation meeting to introduce Fellows to families, and pick up and drop off Fellows from the Notre Dame campus.  If you are interested in participating in this program as a host family, please complete an application form here.

The Mandela Washington Fellowship Team

  • Melissa Paulsen, Director
  • Grace Munene, Program Coordination
  • Jennifer Krauser, Program Coordination
  • John Pinter, Community Outreach