Howard Universitys Charles Reynolds, a junior from Chamblee, Ga.,
has been selected one of eight students in the US as Goldman Sachs Global
In that capacity, he attended the Summer Leadership Institute in New
York City with other Global Leaders from the U.S. and Canada, July 13-19.
Reynolds prevailed in nationwide competition, which involved written
exercises, interviews, and simulations.
In viewing the selection based on "role playing" in the final
competition, Martha Kavanaugh of the Goldman Sachs Foundation observed,
"You are all exceptional.
"Personally, I feel privileged having met each of you, and I am
inspired by your individual and collective energy to make good things
happen in our world."
Reynolds is a political science major. On the Honors Program in the College
of Arts and Sciences, he also is on the Deans List, belongs to the
National Collegiate Honors Society, the Drew Hall Academic Honor Society,
and has won the Drew Hall Leadership Award, having served as vice president
of the Drew Hall Dormitory Council.
He was selected in the Spring (2002) as a U.S. State Department Thomas
R. Pickering Fellow by the Woodrow Wilson Foreign Affairs Fellows Program.
The complete list of institutions represented among the Goldman Sachs
Global Leaders include: Amherst College, Brown University, Harvard College,
Howard University, Smith College, Stanford University, University of Michigan,
and the University of Texas, Austin.
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President Swygert, HU Board Chairman Frank Savage,
Secretary of State Powell, Congressman Rangel, and Dr. Benedict
share pleasure of $2 million in grants to Howard.
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"Diversity," he said, "is a main goal of the Department
Noting that Howard University students are passing State Department
qualifying examinations in record numbers, President Swygert asserted
that it now is incumbent on the Department to recruit them. He praised
the efforts of Congressman Rangel "over the years" and
said it was "more than fitting" that the new program should
be named in honor of the Congressman from New York. "Howard
University," he said, "is honored to recognized the great
work of Congressman Rangel."
On behalf of the MacArthur Foundation, Dr. Benedict acknowledged
that a very significant effort was taking place at Howard and that
it was the Foundations pleasure to be associated with it.
She praised the aim of a more representative U.S. Foreign Service
In his remarks, Congressman Rangel traced the history of numerous efforts to
bring about a "more inclusive" Foreign Service, "one
that looks more like this great country that we love." He said
the struggle had gone on over the years but that he was "absolutely
elated" that Secretary Powell recognized the need for change
and was engaged in bringing it about."
Congressman Rangel said the new program at Howard would "assist"
the Secretary in this effort and that the development was long overdue.
He praised President Swygert for his leadership and cited "veterans
of the struggle" among African American ambassadors in the
These included, among others, Ambassadors Terence A. Todman, Elliott
P. Skinner, and Horace G. Dawson Jr.
Diplomats Take Exam In Record Numbers
Fear that "9/11"
might adversely affect interest in the U.S. Foreign Service is belied
by the appearance of individuals showing interest by taking the
Foreign Service entrance examination.
In fact, aspirants for the Service took the examination in record
numbers on September 29, 2001, shortly after the events in New York,
Virginia, and Pennsylvania, and this applies to both majority and
minority group "takers".
Department of State records show that 12,807 people took the Foreign
Service Written Examination on that date, the highest number since
1988, and an increase of 63 percent over last
year. An even larger number, 14,033, took the same examination given in April
Minority participation increased from 23 percent in 2000 to 31
percent in 2001; and 4,467 members of minority groups took the examination
in 2002 compared to 4,049 members of these groups who took it the
The number of minorities passing the examination also reached its
highest levels over the past two years. The 652 "passers"
in 2001 represented a record for minorities, as did the even larger
number, 776, in 2002. This was, in fact, a 19% increase from September
2001 to April 2002.
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