Mass. A staff assistant and press officer to former Navajo
Nation President Kelsey Begaye joined Harvard's Administrative
Fellowship program this fall, the only Native American fellow
among a class of 12.
C. Willie, 26, began a 10-month fellowship on September 2 with the
program detailed to work in the Harvard University Native American
Program (HUNAP) at the John F. Kennedy School of Government. Harvard
offers only 12 such openings each year to outstanding professionals
from across the country.
are delighted and honored to have Mellor join the HUNAP staff as
the Visiting Administrative Fellow," said Carmen Lopez, Interim
Director of the HUNAP.
in 1989 by the Office of the Assistant to the President, the fellowship
program has helped recruit some 100 minorities to work at Harvard
and other universities or continue their education, said Harvard
University Associate vice-president James Hoyte.
a member of the Navajo Nation, served as Begaye's press officer
and executive staff assistant for state affairs and worked as Chief
Development Officer for the Western Health Foundation of Gallup,
New Mexico before starting his fellowship.
this fellowship program, I will attain hands-on experience from
the best school in the world," he said. "It's a great
opportunity and I plan to gain everything I can from this experience."
Administrative Fellowship Program is a 12-month management experience
complemented by a professional development program. The program,
now in year 13 of operation, draws fellows from business, government,
education, and the professions. Each participant receives a salary
from Harvard University and all costs for the required educational
seminar are covered by Harvard University.
student leadership, educational experiences, and professional work
have all focused on advocacy and strengthening programs and opportunities
for Native peoples and communities," Lopez said. "We look
forward to the contributions Mellor will make to HUNAP and we hope
to provide him with a stimulating and unique administrative experience
that will broaden and enrich his professional development."
addition to the honor, Willie was also selected by Professor Joe
Kalt, Ford Foundation Professor of International Economics to serve
as a teaching assistant for his "Native Americans in the 21st
Century: Nation Building I" course offered at Harvard University's
John F. Kennedy School of Government.
is actually an avant-garde kind of government class about American
Indians," Willie said. "It takes it from the perspective
of building Indian tribes from a holistic (point of view) based
upon the whole logic behind the Harvard Project on American Indian
and raised in Window Rock, Ariz., and Blanding, Utah, Willie holds
a Bachelor's of Science degree in Political Science with honors
from Southern Utah University and is the recipient of a congressional
scholarship from the Morris K. Udall Foundation. He was born into
the Yei Diné Tachii'nii clan and born for the Tsenahabilnii
clan. Willie continues to serve his alma mater as an SUU Admissions