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Consul General meets 'Leadership for Change' students

Consul General Earl Miller and officers from the Consulate Johannesburg pose with the Program participants

Consul General Earl Miller and officers from the Consulate Johannesburg pose with the Program participants

Qwa Qwa, February 1- Consul General (CG) Earl Miller and officers from the Consulate Johannesburg visited the University of the Free State’s (UFS) Qwa Qwa campus to greet students who had recently returned from the U.S. on the University's 'Leadership for Change Program' that explores race, gender, religious and sexual orientation diversity issues on college campuses.

In total, over 90 students traveled to 11 different U.S. colleges and universities where they engaged with student organizations, professors and administration officials. UFS, recipient of the 2010 World Universities Forum Award for Best Practice in Higher Education, has been the nation’s leader in confronting the post-apartheid challenges that face South Africans throughout the country.

After hearing from the students how their experiences in the U.S. affected their outlook on race relations in South Africa, the CG shared personal stories about his own experiences growing up in a racially integrated part of the United States. The CG then joined the students for an informal lunch where he discussed issues and answered questions.

At the end of the session, both the students and staff of the U.S. Mission to South Africa came away with a greater understanding of the common challenges that face both of our diverse nations.

The meeting took place during an outreach trip to university campuses in the Free State to inform students of U.S. education exchange opportunities, including the prestigeous Fulbright Program that enables South Africans to pursue graduate study and research at U.S. colleges.