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July 22: CMU Professor Jendayi Frazer Receives Liberian Humanitarian Award

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CMU Professor Jendayi Frazer
Receives Liberian Humanitarian Award

She's Recognized for Helping To End Liberia's Civil War and Restoring Peace and Democracy

FrazerPITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University Distinguished Service Professor Jendayi Frazer, a leading architect of U.S.-Africa policy over the last decade, has been awarded the Distinction of Dame Grand Commander in the Humane Order of African Redemption by Liberia's President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. The award, given for exemplary humanitarian work, was presented to Frazer for her work in the U.S. government to end Liberia's civil war and restore peace and democracy to the country. She received the award, one of the most prestigious honors that the president can bestow, as part of Liberia's 163rd Independence Day celebration on July 21.

"I am deeply humbled to receive this honor as a daughter of Africa in the diaspora from President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf," said Frazer who holds appointments in Carnegie Mellon's College of Humanities and Social Sciences and Heinz College. "The bond between the United States and Liberia is strong and I am committed and proud to be part of a community at Carnegie Mellon that is furthering these relationships."

From 2001 to 2004, Frazer served under President George W. Bush as the Special Assistant and Senior Director for Africa. In 2004, she became the first American woman ambassador to South Africa, and from 2005 to 2009 she was the Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs. Frazer was instrumental in the decisions to establish the $15 billion President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and the Millennium Challenge Account that committed $3.2 billion to well-governed African countries by 2008. She also designed the policies for ending wars in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Burundi. She previously served in government from August 1998 to December 1999 as a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow, first at the Pentagon as a Political-Military Planner with the Joint Chiefs of Staff and then as Director for African Affairs at the National Security Council.

Currently, Frazer, director of Carnegie Mellon's Center for International Policy and Innovation (CIPI), is helping the university and the Liberian government forge a strategic partnership through Liberia's Planning Ministry. The joint venture has three components: Carnegie Mellon student interns working at the Ministries of Commerce and Planning in Monrovia, Liberia; Liberian civil servants attending Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh to earn master's degrees in public management; and the development of a program for Carnegie Mellon faculty and students providing pro bono consulting through a systems project course.


Pictured above is Carnegie Mellon University Distinguished Service Professor Jendayi Frazer.