Draper Hills Class 2021

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Meet the Draper Hills Summer Fellows Class of 2021

Fellows were selected from among thousands of applicants for their ground-breaking work to defend democracy

These 34 leaders drawn from 30 countries around the world are pioneering new approaches and models to advance social and political change in some of the most challenging global contexts. Representing business, government, and the nonprofit sector, our fellows are working on the frontlines of democratic change to combat the global rise of authoritarianism and populism. In countries moving towards democracy, our fellows are working to institutionalize new systems and practices to support democratic transitions.

Fellows will participate in a three-week training program led by an interdisciplinary team of faculty to study new theories and approaches to democratic development. Due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19, this will be the first-ever virtual iteration of the Program. These leaders will join a network of over 350 alumni from over 82 countries who have participated in the Draper Hills Summer Fellows Program since its launch in 2005. The program is generously funded by Bill and Phyllis Draper and Ingrid von Mangoldt Hills.