Meet the 2011 World Fellows

Just recently settled in from locations around the globe — among them Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Sri Lanka, France and India — Yale’s newest group of World Fellows is eager to become acquainted with the campus as they begin their coursework and share in conversations with members of the Yale community.

They will begin that process of exchange on Thursday, Sept. 15, at an open house — more formally known as World Fellows Night — at 5 p.m. at Betts House, 393 Prospect St. All are welcome. For those needing transportation to the event, a shuttle bus — starting at Phelps Gate — will then run along Prospect Street to and from Betts House throughout the evening.

This year, 16 emerging global leaders are studying at Yale for the semester as World Fellows. They include the medical director of a non-profit drug development organization in India, the leader of the Brazilian chapter of Greenpeace, the chief aide to Zimbabwe’s speaker of the house assembly of Parliament and the co-founder of an initiative for at-risk youth in Canada that uses art and music (especially hip hop) to help them develop individual skills.

Throughout the semester, World Fellows will take part in the annual “Hot Coffee, Hot Issues” series, during which they discuss significant global topics. These talks will run on select Fridays 9-10 a.m. Dates for the series and other events can be found at

Now celebrating its 10th year, the Yale World Fellows Program is the University’s signature global leadership development initiative and a core element of Yale’s ongoing commitment to internationalization. From August to December, the 2011 World Fellows enroll in a specially designed seminar taught by leading Yale faculty; audit any of the approximately 3,000 courses offered at the University; receive individualized skill-building training; and meet with U.S. and foreign leaders, as well as engage with Yale students, faculty and staff in formal and informal conversations.

Click here for profiles of this year’s World Fellows.

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