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Rangel Scholars Attend First Institute


Charles B. Rangel Scholars Aster Allen-Brown (HU); Christine Appah
(CUNY); Helen Watson (American U); Kenneth Harris (HU); and
Takiyah Perkins (Tougaloo) chat informally with economics professor
Dr. Kofi Donpere.

The first Summer Enrichment Institute in International Affairs took place at the Bunche Center over a six weeks period from May 15 to June 28, 2002.

Thirty-eight students from 16 primarily Historically Black Colleges and Universities made up the group of Charles B. Rangel Scholars, the first under the new program involving the Department of State and Howard funded by a $1 million grant from the U.S. Congress.

Designed to increase interest in international affairs and to promote public service careers, the program provided intensive instruction in three courses: History of U.S. Foreign Relations, International Economics, and Argumentative Writing.

Also included were a number of "enrichment" features such as visiting lecturers, panel discussions, and visits to such institutions as The Department of State, the Central Intelligence Agency, Capitol Hill, and the United Nations in New York.

A highlight among enrichment activities was a visit to Capitol Hill, where the group received a briefing from Congressman Charles B. Rangel, the legislator most responsible for the sponsoring grant and for whom the program is named.

The group also met with counterparts enrolled in similar internationally oriented programs at the University of Maryland.


Takiyah Perkins (Tougaloo); Takira Morris
(Jackson State); and Simone Symonette
(Bethune-Cookman) enjoy a moment of
leisure during Enrichment Program.

Professors Kofi Donpere, Alan McPherson, and Kitty Ellison of the departments of history, economics, and English respectively taught the three courses; and Dr. Harold Scott, deputy director of the Bunche Center, served as acting program manager for the Institute.

In addition to Howard, colleges and universities represented by students in the program included: Dillard, University of Maryland, Morehouse, Jackson State, Rust College, JC Smith, Lincoln, Boston University, Tuskegee, Bethune Cookman, American University, Tougaloo and City College of New York.

 

High Schoolers Are in Eighth Session
The group of 40 secondary school
students from Washington, New
York, California, and Louisiana, in
the Summer Enrichment Program
are shown above with program
director, Ms.Kali Jones, right,
bottom row.

The Eighth Annual Summer Enrichment Program in International Affairs is taking place in the Bunche Center at Howard in an expanded format.

For the first time, the program extends over three weeks rather than two; participants have been invited from outside the District area; and all are in residence on campus.

The 40 carefully selected participants come from the Washington area as well as from California, Louisiana, and New York.

The enrichment program is language based with all participants receiving an introduction to one of five foreign languages in daily classes.

In addition, in a series of lectures and panel discussions, they are being introduced to foreign affairs issues, such as globalization, the Middle East, international nuclear safety and cooperation, intelligence gathering, international business and marketing, and the Kashmir problem.

Diplomatic mission visits include the embassies of Pakistan, India, China, and Russia; and "field

trips" are scheduled also for the World Bank, CBS News, the National Institutes of Health, State Department, Capitol Hill, and the United Nations headquarters in New York.

While in New York, the group will see "Les Miserable" on Broadway.

Ms. Kali Jones, Associate Director for Programs at the Bunche Center, is directing the Enrichment Program for Secondary School Students.


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