Mandela Washington Fellowship at Purdue University Young African Leaders Initiative

Student Ambassadors

2017 Ambassadors

Feroz Mohammed

Feroz Mohammed is a senior in Electrical engineering with a minor in Economics at Purdue University. He is originally from Karnataka, India. In May 2017, he went on a maymester study abroad trip to Spain. While at Purdue, he participated in co-op program and worked at Landis+Gyr, Lafayette as an intern in Product Management department for two terms. He plans to go to graduate school to get an MBA after graduating.

He is excited to work with Mandela Washington fellows this summer to share his passion of entrepreneurship with them and learn from their diverse experiences.

Holly Maize

Holly is a senior pursuing a degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences. During her time at Purdue, she has been actively involved in a multitude of College of Pharmacy organizations such as the Multicultural Association of Pharmacy Students, Pharmaceutical Sciences Club, Career Development Committee, and Pharmacy Student Council. She has become an active member Tomahawk: A Service and Leadership Honor Society, Civic Engagement and Leadership Development Programs, and The National Society of Leadership and Success. Her drive for innovative research and international development has been fostered by her work with the Global Design Team for Quality Medicine Testing in partnership with the Kilimanjaro School of Pharmacy in Moshi, Tanzania, protein aggregation in neurodegenerative disorders (Parkinson’s Disease) through the College of Pharmacy, and participating in the National Science Foundation’s Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Program. After graduation, she plans on continuing her education at the Medical College of Wisconsin’s School of Pharmacy pursuing her Pharm.D. degree.

Judith Martin

Originally from Germany, Judith moved to the U.S. after finishing her Abitur. During her time in the U.S., she earned an Associate’s degree in Agriculture from Ivy Tech Community College and after transferring to Purdue University, she is now working on her Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics through the College of Agriculture, with a minor in Political Science. With a passion for learning about cultures and a deep interest in international agricultural and economic development with special regards to food security, Judith is looking forward to the opportunity to meet and work together with the participants of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders hosted at Purdue University.

Mary Kate Cartwright

Mary Kate Cartwright grew up in West Lafayette and has many family ties to Purdue, including an older brother who graduated in 2016. Mary Kate will be a sophomore during the 2017/2018 school year and is studying marketing in the Krannert School of Management. She loves marketing because it combines her creative and analytic sides. She is also the Historian for her sorority, Alpha Omicron Pi. Mary Kate likes to spend her free time hanging out with her friends, writing, and being outside. She grew up playing basketball and soccer loves to play whenever she gets the chance. Mary Kate is very excited to work with and get to know all the Mandela Washington fellows and staff! 

Sabrina Myoda

Sabrina Myoda is entering her final year at Purdue University, where she is studying Sustainable Food & Farming Systems. After graduation, she would like to volunteer with the Peace Corps or another non-profit organization that specializes in international development. International agriculture interests her because it couples farming with serving people and helping communities improve their own food security. She is from Wilmington, Delaware, where she grew up gardening in her backyard with her mother. This summer she is working at the Purdue Student Farm as well as with the Mandela Washington Fellowship. In her spare time, Sabrina loves to read, sings in a choir, and is learning to swing dance. 

Temi Wright

Temi Wright is a 2015 recipient of the prestigious Fulbright scholarship. He taught language and culture classes at Indiana University on the Fulbright before joining Purdue University as a graduate student. Current research interests are in intersections of Public Relations and Intercultural Communication with the aim of understanding how culture dynamizes strategic communication and relationship building efforts. Recent research has focused on Public Diplomacy and organizations’ use of separation – an image repair strategy –in constructing new identities during crisis. Before coming to the United States, he taught English, Yoruba and Literature in Nigeria and was awarded the National Youth Service certification. He also was an entrepreneur and co-owned an entertainment services organization, Seymil Ventures which provided mostly children’s entertainment. Temi Wright is excited to be a part of the Mandela Washington Fellowship institute at Purdue University and looks forward to lots of exciting experiences and challenges.

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