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Alumna Cleopatra Warren Selected as Finalist for White House Fellows Program

Cleopatra Warren, MA '99 (Social Studies Educaion) has been selected by the President's Commission on White House Fellows as a Regional Finalist.

Founded in 1964, the White House Fellows program is one of America's most prestigious programs for leadership and public service.  White House Fellowships offer exceptional young men and women first-hand experience working at the highest levels of the federal government.  Selected individuals typically spend a year working as a full-time, paid Fellow to senior White House Staff, Cabinet Secretaries, and other top-ranking government officials.  Fellows also participate in an education program consisting of roundtable discussions with renowned leaders from the private and public sectors, and trips to study U.S. policy in action both domestically and internationally.  Previous White House Fellows include General Colin Powell and Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

Read the White House press release on this year's finalists.

Warren, whose current work involves teaching Advanced Placement U.S. History at Frederick Douglass High School Center for Engineering and Applied Technology in Atlanta Georgia, received an M.A. from Steinhardt's Department of Teaching and Learning and a B.A. in Political Science from Morris Brown College.  She has been the recipient of several awards, including Teacher of the Year, the Association for the Study of African Life and History National Outstanding Educator Award, The Fund for Teachers Award for Leadership and Renewal, The Jegna Teaching Award, 2010-11 Professional Association of Georgia Educators STAR Teacher Award, and the 2010-11 Atlanta winner of the Raymond Plank Award.  Warren has been awarded nationally and internationally recognized study/travel awards through the Fulbright Program to Brazil, Yale University, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Paris Oxbridge Program. Prior to teaching, she worked as a regional field organizer for Amnesty International, USA, and served as Board Member of the Mississippi Worker's Center.  She was the previous recipient of a Ford Fellowship in residence at the W.E.B. DuBois Center in Ghana to research Trokosi a form of ritual servitude.   In 2000, Warren delivered the keynote address at the International Black Women's Roundtable in Harare, Zimbabwe and was a delegate to the 2001 United Nations World Conference Against Racism in South Africa. Previously, Warren served as an intern in the U.S. House of Representatives, and thereafter, was selected to participate in the International Institute for Poltical and Economic Studies in Athens and Olympia, Greece at the International Olympic Academy during the centennial of the 1996 Olympic games.