PHILADELPHIA, PA – The Forum on Education Abroad Annual Conference, the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) and the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions (CMSI) announced the third cohort for the Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship program. The following outstanding freshmen and sophomores from Minority Serving Institutions, chosen for their academic achievement, communication skills, and service to others, will participate in a four-week experiential education program at CIEE”s London Global Institute this summer:

  • Jessica Allen, City College of San Francisco
  • Jibril Bing, CUNY Stella and Charles Guttman Community College
  • Alisa Fowler, Paul Quinn College
  • John Francois, CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • Jasmine Garcia, California State University, Fullerton
  • Daniela Quinones, The University of Texas at El Paso
  • Henry Seyue, Benedict College
  • Hali Smith, Clark Atlanta University
  • Briya (Malia) Todd, Spelman College
  • Frederick Uy, Claflin University

Five of those students selected are from Historically Black Colleges and Universities including Paul Quinn College, Spelman College, Claflin University, Clark Atlanta University, and Benedict College.

The Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship is a part of a three-year strategic partnership between CIEE and CMSI, designed to break down the barriers of cost, curriculum, and culture to make study abroad accessible to students from Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs).

Each year, the Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship, named in honor of Frederick Douglass, the renowned African-American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and international statesman, covers all program fees and travel cost for 10 outstanding MSI students to participate in an intensive summer study abroad program focused on leadership and intercultural communication.

The Frederick Douglass Global Fellows were nominated by their college leadership and selected from a pool of more than 250 applicants in a national competition. When they return to their campuses after studying abroad, they will use their experiences to motivate other underrepresented students to pursue similar study abroad opportunities.

”We are thrilled with the number, quality, and diversity of applications we received this year,” said Marybeth Gasman, the Judy and Howard Berkowitz Professor of Education and Director of CMSI. ”We had students from many different backgrounds and academic majors apply for the program, and all types of MSIs were represented, including Asian American Native Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions (AANAPISI), Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), and Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCU).

“The students selected for the Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship are ten exemplary student leaders who demonstrate the iconic leadership, keen intellect, and natural change-agent attributes of Frederick Douglass,” said James P. Pellow, President and CEO of CIEE. “These students will be the next generation of leaders and I know that the intercultural competence and global perspective they will gain during the London program will benefit them throughout their lives.”

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About the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions
The Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions brings together researchers and practitioners from Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions. The Center’s goals include: elevating the educational contributions of MSIs; ensuring that they are a part of national conversations; bringing awareness to the vital role MSIs play in the nation’s economic development; increasing the rigorous scholarship of MSIs; connecting MSIs’ academic and administrative leadership to promote reform initiatives; and strengthening efforts to close educational achievement gaps among disadvantaged communities. For further information about the Center, please visit
About CIEE
CIEE, the country’s oldest and largest nonprofit study abroad and intercultural exchange organization, transforms lives and builds bridges by promoting the exchange of ideas and experiences. To help people develop skills for living in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world, CIEE sponsors a wide variety of opportunities for cultural exchange, including work exchange programs, teach abroad programs, and a worldwide portfolio of study abroad and internship programs for college and high school students. Visit

This summer, ten students from Minority Serving Institutions have been selected to spend the summer in Cape Town, South Africa, as a Frederick Douglass Fellow. Six of those students attend a historically black college or university including: Kloe Harris, Lincoln University of Missouri; Joshua Blackwell, North Carolina A&T State University; Chiagoziem Sylvester Agu, Albany State University; Carmen E. Cursoe, Howard University; DeVon Jackson, Virginia State University; and Jorian Reeves, Xavier University of Louisiana.

A partnership between the Council on International Educational Exchange and the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions, the Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship program provides scholarships for the most financially challenged students from the nation’s nearly 600 MSIs. Each year for the next three years, the scholarship funds will cover 100 percent of program fees and travel costs for 10 students from MSIs. Each cohort of 10 students will take part in summer study abroad program designed to enhance their leadership and intercultural skills in one of three locations: London, England (Summer 2017), Cape Town, South Africa (Summer 2018), and Seoul, South Korea (Summer 2019). The CMSI will award the study abroad scholarships annually based on a combination of financial need, academic achievement, and nominations from students’ MSI presidents.

The scholarship is named in honor of Frederick Douglass — The African-American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and international statesman to highlight the characteristics that today’s young leaders need most a: keen intellect, a strong work ethic, and a global perspective. Consistent with Douglass’ legacy, Frederick Douglass Global Fellows are meritorious individuals who demonstrate 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. In the spirit of one of America’s most powerful intellectuals, communicators, and scholars, Frederick Douglass Global Fellows commit to sharing their experience and intercultural growth with peers and classmates before, during, and after the fellowship.

To learn more about the Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship, please visit