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