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Release Date: Friday, May 24, 2013 4:00 PM
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Howard Freshman Leadership Academy Promotes Global Citizenship with New Delegation to China and Japan

WASHINGTON (July 16, 2012) – This summer, 35 members of the Howard University Freshman Leadership Academy (FLA) will participate in an intensive three-week cultural exchange to China and Japan, July 23 – August 10.  For the second consecutive year, FLA will travel to China and the first to include studies in Japan.

The 2011-2012 FLA cohort will visit universities, businesses as well as cultural and historic sites in both countries. They will explore global trends, business practices and learn about Chinese and Japanese history, education and leadership through lectures and cultural immersion. The experiences are designed to broaden students’ appreciation of world cultures and languages, improve their intercultural communication skills and increase awareness of what it means to be a global citizen.

"The Freshman Leadership Academy's studies and cultural immersion in Asia builds on President Ribeau's vision for expanding Howard's international footprint and answers the call of President Obama's 100,000 Strong Initiative," said Barbara Griffin, Ph.D., vice president for Student Affairs. “Today’s students must become globally competent citizens in order to be competitive and truly effective in our increasingly interconnected world.”

In China, tours and excursions will include visits to the Shanghai World Financial Center, Beijing Normal University, major local corporations, and organizations.
In Japan, students will visit cultural sites and learn about the history through visits to the largest city in Japan, Tokyo, as well as two smaller cities, Hakone and Nikko.

Julie Chang Andrist, a Chinese lecturer and pre-professional advisor in the College of Arts and Sciences, and three staff members will travel with the group. Andrist will lead intense Mandarin sessions and mini-seminars on Chinese culture and education system prior to and during the visit.

Early interest in study abroad is evident in the 2010-2011 Freshman Leadership Academy cohort.

“After last year’s inaugural trip to China, many of the members of FLA were inspired to study critical languages including Mandarin and others are studying abroad this summer and next fall.” Griffin added.

Currently, the FLA has eight students studying abroad:

Tosh Oyerinde - Shanghai, China (Summer), Rising Junior
Catherine Bobolita Alabi - Shanghai, China (Summer), Rising Junior
Janay Winston - Granada, Spain (Academic year), Rising Junior
Jarrod Jackson -  Granada, Spain (Academic year), Rising Junior
Darius Thomas - Granada, Spain (Summer), Rising Junior
Elizabeth Law – Cape Town, South Africa (Summer), Rising Junior
Jasmine Westbrook – Cape Town, South Africa (Summer), Rising Junior
Kyle Burton (Luard Scholar) - London, England (Academic Year), Rising Junior


Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at

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