Frederick Douglass was a former slave who became a distinguished orator, journalist, author, and statesman. After gaining his freedom, Douglass traveled throughout the North giving abolitionist speeches in many cities and towns, including Wellsboro, PA, in 1871.
The Frederick Douglass Institute at Mansfield University promotes programs that will enhance the learning experience at Mansfield University and help students develop an understanding and appreciation of human dignity and diversity. By presenting and cultivating the spirit of Frederick Douglass's teachings to our campus community, we hope to encourage and produce leaders who are well prepared and predisposed to active participation in the advancement of a democratic world.
Recent Events: Fall 2010
Mansfield University and the Frederick Douglass Institute are committed to promoting equity and advancing diversity to create a more welcoming environment for Mansfield, its community, and the region. This fall FDI furthered that goal by sponsoring a Mansfield Growers Market Panel Discussion. The freshman summer book this semester was Barbara Kingsolver's Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. The event was held Sept. 2, 2010 and was well attended by both students and members of the community.
Past Guest Speakers/Performers
Fall 2004: Julian Bond
Fall 2005: Fred Morsell
Fall 2006: Bernice Johnson Reagon
Fall 2007: Daniel Beaty
Fall 2008: Margaret Rozga
Fall 2009: Francis Bok
First and foremost FDI is represented by its student scholars.This year the funding sources that we usually depend on for student scholarships dried up due to the economic downturn. However, Mansfield’s FDI Steering Committee remains committed to supporting scholarships for excellent students. Committee members donated $500 to ensure that we can continue our scholarship tradition, and the Mansfield Foundation contributed another $500. This year Emeka Anosike, Angeline Abraham, and Krista Hutcherson received Douglass scholarships for their academic excellence and their commitment to diversity on the M.U. campus. These new FDI scholars were honored at the multicultural recognition banquet on April 30, 2010.
FDI has joined with Bloomsburg University to promote an exchange program to the University of Buea in Cameroon, Africa. This summer two Mansfield students, Kathë Scott and Ashley Wallis, studied abroad for a month, taking classes such as The Geography of Africa, Gender and Development in Sub-Sahara Africa, Environmental Geology, and Non-Western Literature: African Women and Their Stories. For Information on the 2011 trip contact our director, Dr. Lynn Pifer.
From the representation of our scholars, the opportunities to go abroad, the promotion of diversity through collaborative scholarship, to offering classes from visiting professors, FDI is promoting equity through diversity. For more information about going abroad to Africa in the summer of 2010 or to learn how you can become involved in FDI, contact our director, Dr. Lynn Pifer.