Prof. Mamucao Returns Home After Completing YSEALI Professional Fellows Program (PFP) Cycle 2 on Civic Engagement in Missoula, Montana, USA

#MSUMagAt50 | MSU-Maguindanao welcomes Professor Princess Sheryn A. Mamucao of the College of Public Affairs and Governance upon her return from the United States. Professor Mamucao, a proud Bangsamoro, participated in the prestigious Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Professional Fellows Program (PFP) Cycle 2, focusing on Civic Engagement.

Professor Mamucao, the sole Bangsamoro representative in the program, undertook her fellowship at the University of Montana School of Social Work in Missoula, Montana, from September 4th to October 13th, 2023, along with 16 other young leaders. She also becomes part of a distinguished network of young leaders from across 11 Southeast Asian nations. The program began with a virtual component in June 2023, followed by the in-person U.S.-based fellowship.

Selected by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the American Councils for International Education, the YSEALI PFP is a fully-funded exchange program. This program offers young professionals like Professor Mamucao the chance to gain valuable experience through exposure to U.S. private businesses, government offices, and non-profit organizations. She also had the opportunity to learn how social work is taught in the context of a first-world country and how other Southeast Asian countries utilize Western theories to respond to their dynamic environments. Conclusively, she had the opportunity to share the Bangsamoro culture, which is largely unknown in Montana’s locality.