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Reynolds Wins
Goldman Leadership

Howard University’s Charles Reynolds, a junior from Chamblee, Ga., has been selected one of eight students in the US as Goldman Sachs Global Leaders.

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 Dean’s 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 of State."

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 Foundation’s pleasure to be associated with it. She praised the aim of a more representative U.S. Foreign Service corps.

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 audience.

These included, among others, Ambassadors Terence A. Todman, Elliott P. Skinner, and Horace G. Dawson Jr.

Aspiring 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 2002.

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 previous year.

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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