Cook Leadership Academy Fellows Where Emerging Leaders Prepare to Build Our Future Welcome to the Cook Leadership Academy! Cook Leadership Academy is a leader development program for 60+ undergraduate and graduate students during the academic year.The program is co-curricular and cross-disciplinary — this year representing 52 different areas of study — and it provides numerous opportunities for student fellows to develop leadership excellence.
Each applicant must meet the criteria of high academic achievement, active involvement in the campus community, dedication to the public good, a passion to lead, and a commitment to personal growth.Through observation, mentoring, and practice, the fellows learn the behaviors and attitudes of ethical, effective leaders through more than 70 contact hours per fellow per year.Our fellows gain access to a myriad of opportunities to advance their leadership skills. Fatouma Abdoulaye – Cell and Molecular Biology Fatouma is a senior student who transferred from Washtenaw Community College (WCC) to study cell and molecular biology at Grand Valley University.She is an international student from Niger and she has been living in the USA for 4 years.Fatouma is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, which was listed in Who’s Who among American Colleges and Universities in 2013.
Furthermore, she earned a listing on WCC’s High Honors.
She is a member of the African student council and the International Student Organization at GVSU.
Fatouma feels that being a member of the Cook Leadership Program will not only allow her to build more leadership skills, but also meet with other leaders and extend more of her worldview.
Fatouma’s dream is to eradicate Obstetric Fistula from the world.
Obstetric Fistula is a disease that makes thousands of victims each year.
After earning her bachelor’s degree, Fatouma intends to return home and volunteer for several months at the National Hospital of Niger.