News Release: McDaniel Senior Participates in Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Exchange Program

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February 28, 2017

Feb. 28, 2017

Contact: Cheryl Knauer



Leonard of Baltimore (21239) is one of only 15 students chosen from across the nation

WESTMINSTER, Md. – Alexaundria Leonard, a senior at McDaniel College majoring in political science and international studies, is one of only 15 students from across the nation selected for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Japan exchange program. She resides in Baltimore (21239) and graduated from Baltimore City College in 2013. 

The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) Leadership Institute’s 2017 CBCF Emerging Leaders: Japan Exchange Program “KAKEHASHI Project” is in partnership with the government of Japan. The program consists of an expense-paid trip to Tokyo from March 14–24, 2017. 

There, Leonard will have the opportunity to tour cultural and historic landmarks, participate in lectures on United States-Japan relations and visit high-tech industries and businesses, as well as experience an overnight stay with a Japanese family.

According to the CBCF, this initiative, in conjunction with the Embassy of Japan and the Japanese International Cultural Center (JICE), aims to increase African-American interest in and exposure to the culture of Japan, thereby expanding opportunities for African Americans in an era of increasing globalization.

At McDaniel, Leonard is president of the Student Government Association and a charter member of the Upsilon Gamma Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She is also a member of the Black Student Union and has served on the Peer Mentor Advisory Board and as an Engagement Peer in the Office of Student Engagement. In addition, she is a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa and Trumpeters leadership honor societies. As a junior, she was the recipient of the Ralph Candler and Dorothy Prince John Award for Academic Excellence and Service to the College Community.

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Editor’s Note:  Image of Alexaundria Leonard is available for download.

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