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ITHACA, NY — A 2014 Ithaca College graduate is spending the year helping distribute food to refugee camps in Rwanda, thanks to a fellowship from an independent non-profit committed to Africa’s advancement.

One of 52 fellows selected for the program this year, Malcolm Temple is working with the United Nations World Food Programme in Rwanda.

“Through my travels, my view on poverty in the developing world pivoted and I came to understand the inequality between the global north and south as an issue of global justice rather than a natural phenomenon,” Temple said. “I wanted to be an ally in empowering communities in the global south and knew that in order to do that I had to go there and engage with the communities.”

Founded in 1999, Princeton in Africa develops young leaders by offering yearlong fellowship opportunities with a variety of organizations that work across the continent. The program is open to graduating seniors and young alumni from U.S. colleges and universities.

Temple earned his bachelor’s degree in Culture and Communication from Ithaca College’s School of Humanities and Sciences. He says his experiences studying abroad and working with the Model United Nations team helped to prepare him for this experience and influenced his choice to pursue service work, including the Princeton in Africa Fellowship.

For more information on the fellowship, visit www.princetoninafrica.org.


From day one, Ithaca College prepares students for personal and professional success through hands-on experience with internships, research and study abroad. Its integrative curriculum builds bridges across disciplines and uniquely blends liberal arts and professional study. Located in New York’s Finger Lakes region, the College is home to 6,100 undergraduate and 460 graduate students and offers over 100 degree programs in its schools of Business, Communications, Humanities and Sciences, Health Sciences and Human Performance, and Music.

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Michael Smith

Michael Smith reports on politics and local news for the Ithaca Voice. He can be reached via email at msmith@ithacavoice.com, by cell at (607) 229-0885, or via Google Voice at (518) 650-3639.