(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) – The week, the University of Virginia Center for Politics is holding the Leaders Advancing Democracy – Mongolia (LEAD Mongolia) fellowship featuring 30 high-achieving young professionals from across Mongolia. The program is operated by the Center’s Global Perspectives on Democracy Program in partnership with World Learning and sponsored by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
This will be the 29th exchange group to come to UVA as a part of the Center’s Global Perspectives on Democracy program. The fellows arrived on Friday, Sept. 6 and have been participating in a number of educational events and programs focusing on leadership training and civic engagement through the themes of environment and urbanization, unemployment and poverty alleviation, and anti-corruption and transparency.
There will be a welcome and networking reception for the delegates from 6 p.m. to 6:40 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 11 followed by a UVA Center for Politics Ambassador Series lecture from 6:45 p.m. to 8 p.m. by His Excellency Otgonbayar Yondon, Ambassador of Mongolia to the U.S. These events are open to the public and will take place in the UVA Minor Hall foyer and Room 125.
Members of the media interested in LEAD Mongolia are welcome to attend the reception and event with Ambassador Yondon and any of the following:
• Tuesday, Sept. 10: Panel of LEAD-Mongolia fellows during Introduction to Global Politics class at James Madison University from 3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. in JMU’s Harrison Hall 1261 followed by a reception with JMU President Jonathan Alger from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Madison Union 405.
• Wednesday, Sept. 11: Lecture on U.S. politics by UVA Center for Politics Director Larry J. Sabato from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the UVA Zehmer Hall Room C/D.
• Wednesday, Sept. 11: Networking and Welcome Reception with addresses by His Excellency Otgonbayar Yondon, Ambassador of Mongolia, and UVA Vice Provost for Global Affairs Stephen Mull at the UVA Minor Hall lobby and Room 125 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Addresses will begin at 6:45 p.m.
• Thursday, Sept. 12: Visit to the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Staunton, VA.
• Monday, Sept. 16: Tour and presentation at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center from 2:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The Charlottesville portion of the LEAD Mongolia is coordinated by the Center for Politics’ Global Perspectives on Democracy program. GPD fosters dialogue between the United States and other countries through public events and international exchanges. Visit www.centerforpolitics.org/gpd.html for more information about GPD programming.