James Madison's Montpelier We The People Fall 2014 - Page 13

from leading universities, participants deepened their understanding of democratic government and considered how constitutional reforms in their own nations could propel economic growth, prosperity, and democracy in Africa. The 25 Fellows were selected from an applicant pool of more than 50,000 for their leadership in progressive civic initiatives in their home countries—many of which address issues of governance, law, health care, gender equality, education, and natural resource management. Mila Vertseeg, J.D., University of Virginia Law School, and Heinz Klug, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, opened the program with an engaging and provocative workshop about constitution-making, good governance, and citizenship. The Washington Fellows included 13 women and 12 men ranging in age from 23-35, from 18 different African nation-states. With 60% of Africa’s population under the age of 35, it is recognized that young leaders will shape the future of the continent. Touring Montpelier, the Fellows considered the American paradox of slavery and gained a greater appreciation of how the definition of citizenship has changed through amendments to the U.S. Constitution. We T he People at home and abroad 13