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US Trained
Succeed In SA

Just prior to independence in South Africa, the Patricia Roberts Harris Public Affairs Program, in cooperation with Georgetown University and the University of the Western Cape, conducted a training Program for a group of non-white South Africans to become diplomats in that country’s foreign service.

Among the most successful of USAID funded tertiary education projects, according to agency evaluations, the program trained individuals who are now scattered around the world as accomplished diplomats.

Derick Moyo, for example, has just arrived in Sao Paolo, Brazil, as Consul General. He served previously in Toronto, Canada, and was most recently deputy chief of logistics at the UN World Conference Against Racism in Durban.

The new SA Counselor in Algiers is Deon Seals. Lebogang Sefolo, who served until recently as Second Secretary at the SA mission in Algiers, is in line for assignment in Maputo, where he may succeed another of the program participants, Thanukwazi Nyadose (then Felix Makhantini) as First Secretary.

Nyadose is now Counselor of the South African Mission in Buenos Aries.

Thami Brian Mfundisi was until recently SA Trade Representative in Brussels. He is reported to be headed for an important business position in the private sector.

In government, but not diplomacy, Hermoine Cronje has worked in the South African Parliament. She recently was drafted by the National Director of Prosecutions to assist in legal work related to the seizure of assets belonging to criminals.

Harris Fellow Blazes Trails, Sets Record

Claudia Gordon

Claudia Lorraine Gordon passed the Maryland bar examination last November. In doing so, she became one on only 50 deaf individuals now qualified to practice law in the United States and Canada, according to The American Weekly. She is the only African – American woman in this category and the first deaf student to graduate from the American University School of Law.

Ms. Gordon was graduated cum laude in 1995 from Howard University, where she was a Patricia Robert Harris Public Affairs Fellow. She also was a member of the Golden Key National Honor Society and the Political Science Honor Society.
At the American University Law School, she was an Equal Justice Foundation Fellow; twice holder of the Myers Law Scholarship; and winner of the J. Franklin Bourne Scholarship and the Renee Hamilton – Gwaltney Book Award.

Ms. Gordon is a Skadden Fellow at the National Association of the Deaf in Silver Spring, Maryland,

where she also serves as staff attorney.

"It does not surprise us," says Mr. Howard Hardy, Special Assistant in the Patricia Roberts Harris Public Affairs Program, "that Ms. Gordon has done well.

"She was one of our most active and effective Fellows when she did her internship at the Department of Housing and Urban Development in 1993. Reports from her supervisors were glowing!"

Mr. Hardy observed that what others called "handicaps," Ms. Gordon tended to regard as challenges. "She requested no special privileges but wished only to be regarded, treated and judged on her own merit."

Hardy pointed out that Ms. Gordon stayed on the honor roll throughout her days at Howard, engaged in campus activities, including joining a sorority (Delta Sigma Theta), and did community service.

"She showed up for the 10th anniversary observance of the Harris program in 1998," he observed "and we were all delighted to see her, sharing her experiences and enjoying the return to Howard.

"Claudia will be a great lawyer," Mr. Hardy said.

Caribbean Studies Minor is Offered

Howard University now fosters a multidisciplinary minor in Caribbean Studies. It consists of an interdepartmental, integrative curriculum designed to promote a comprehensive study of the complex societies of the multi-linguistic region of the Caribbean.

Students take six courses from the program’s listing, which must include History of the Caribbean, Modern Caribbean Literature, Caribbean Fine Arts, and a Senior Seminar in the topic discipline that results in a thesis paper.

Two electives from the program’s course listings or one course and an internship arranged through an advisor satisfy the remaining hours. Students normally should declare this minor during the second semester of the sophomore year.

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