2020 Rangel Fellows Selected!

Congratulations to the 2020 Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellows!

On November 22, 2019 the Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship selection panel chose 30 2020 Rangel Fellows in a highly-competitive nationwide selection process.  The selection panel was extremely impressed by the new fellows’ educational, extracurricular, and professional experiences, as well as their commitment to serve the United States as Foreign Service Officers in the U.S. Department of State. The Rangel Program will support the 2020 Rangel Fellows to obtain a graduate degree and hone their professional skills through internships in the U.S. Congress and overseas at U.S. embassies and consulates.  The program also provides mentorship from current Foreign Service Officers and professional development activities.  The 2020 Rangel Fellows are scheduled to enter the Foreign Service in summer 2022, embarking on a uniquely rewarding career to promote U.S. interests in global peace, prosperity and justice.   The Rangel Program is a U.S. Department of State program administered by Howard University.

The 2020 Rangel Fellows represent the Rangel Program goals of excellence and diversity.  The group brings outstanding academics, professional experiences, community service, and cross-cultural experiences.  Fellows have demonstrated a strong commitment to public service and an interest in promoting positive change around the world.  With highly diverse backgrounds, the fellows speak 30 different foreign languages, including Arabic, Chinese, Luganda, Yoruba, Igbo, Korean, Russian, Haitian Creole, Vietnamese, Tigrinya, French, Spanish, and German. Embodying the Rangel program goals of representing the United States abroad, they come from communities across the country.  The fellows hail from 20 states plus the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands, including Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The 2020 Rangel Fellows attend or attended 30 different universities, including large state universities, Minority Serving Institutions, and smaller private colleges.  The 2020 fellows include both graduating seniors and professionals with post-undergraduate work experience.  Prior work experience includes teaching, U.S. government agencies, academia, the military, non-governmental organizations, international organizations, and business.  Many have benefited from State Department programs, including internships, the Fulbright Program, the Critical Language Scholarship, the Rangel Summer Enrichment Program, and the Gilman Scholarship. Fellows are currently applying for graduate programs in areas related to the Foreign Service in U.S. universities across the country.  They will unite for the first time in May 2020 for orientation and Congressional internship in Washington, DC.

Congratulations to our 2020 Rangel Fellows!

Fellow Name Undergraduate University
Martha Amaya University of Nevada-Las Vegas
Iskandar Atajanow Wright State University
Kawther Berhanu Georgetown University
Mara Brody Bethune-Cookman University
Felipe Bueno Seton Hall University
Jada Bullen Georgetown University
Honor Donnie Clark Atlanta University
Shamarcus Doty Colgate University
Carolina Echeverri Florida State University
Schonn Franklin Savannah State University
Deja Gainey Willam Peace University
Emma Giron Willamette University
Abisola James Agnes Scott College
Desmond Jordan George Mason University
Tiffany King American University
Nephthaly Leonidas Georgia State University
Jeremy Luna State University of New York at New Paltz
Gabriella Mucerino Baylor University
Patricia Mulondo George Washington University
Kiana Nedele Wellesley College
Mary Frances Odukwe Texas A & M University-College Station
Ivan Pineda University of South Florida-Main Campus
Shersil Prentice University of Miami
Santiago Rios University of Maryland-College Park
Luna Ruiz University of Arizona
Lee-Ann Sims University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Rachel Tang University of California-Los Angeles
Broderick Turner Texas State University
Catalina Wedman University of Kansas
Rui Qi Angela Zheng State University of New York Stony Brook


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