Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows Roster Expands; Priority Application Deadline Nears

​​The Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows program roster of distinguished professionals is constantly evolving to align with the changing interests of campuses. The new Fellows below are just four of the more than 125 individuals willing to visit CIC member institutions for a full week of programming in the 2017–2018 academic year. Interested institutions are encouraged to apply by March 6, 2017, for priority consideration.

Walter Blass headshotWalter P. Blass transitioned from being a childhood survivor of the Holocaust, to a refugee, foreign affairs specialist, scholar, corporate executive, professor, and higher education board member. Blass previously served as a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow when he was a director at AT&T, and he has returned to share his lifetime of insights.

Fania Davis headshotFania Davis
’s close childhood connection to victims of the 1963 Sunday School bombing in Birmingham, Alabama, set her career path early in life. She is a long-time social justice activist, restorative justice scholar, civil rights attorney, and co-founder and director of Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth. The Los Angeles Times named Davis a new civil rights leader of the 21st century.

Idelle Howitt headshotIdelle A. Howitt began her career as a banking attorney at the Federal Reserve Board, but her legal experience also includes work on Native American rights, civic engagement, and tax codes, and she has two decades of experience as an entrepreneur. Howitt recently spent 18 months volunteering in the U.S. presidential campaign and is developing a nonpartisan group of women attorneys to become more involved in public service in a variety of forms: elective office, appointive office, campaign management, or pro bono legal counsel to local candidates.

Colin Woodard headshotColin Woodard is a best-selling author and award-winning journalist. He is currently a contributing editor at Politico and writer at the Portland Press Herald and Maine Sunday Telegram, where he won a 2012 George Polk Award, was a finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting, and was named 2014 Journalist of the Year by the Maine Press Association. His fifth book, American Character: A History of the Epic Struggle between Individual Liberty and the Common Good, was released in 2016.

By their own example, Fellows demonstrate to students that there are challenging opportunities for those who want to build a better world through professional activities and as informed citizens. Through a week-long residential program of classes, seminars, workshops, lectures, and informal discussions, Fellows create better understanding and new connections between the academic and nonacademic worlds.

The program is designed to make high-impact programming accessible. Institutions pay a set fee to CIC, and CIC covers the Fellow’s honorarium, primary travel, and other incidental expenses. Institutions are responsible for providing lodging and meals for Fellows while they are on campus. Once an institution decides to bring a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow to its campus, a primary contact should complete the online request form, noting preferred Fellows and campus visit dates. View program and application information and a list of F​ellows.