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About Atlanta and Clark Atlanta University

The University is one of five member institutions (Clark Atlanta University; Spelman College; Morehouse College, Morehouse School of Medicine; Interdenominational Theological Center) of the Atlanta University Center Consortium (AUCC) the only Historically Black Consortium of private colleges and universities in the nation. The AUCC’s student population is approximately 11,000. The University’s 126-acre main campus is located on 223 James P. Brawley Drive about 1.5 miles southwest from the heart of metro downtown Atlanta, Georgia and is accessible from all major arteries – I-20, I-75/I-85, and I-285 of the State and the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

Airport Arrival

Your international travel to your U.S. destination will be booked directly by the U.S. Government, and you will be provided with your flight details in early June.

Arrival Airport: Your final arrival airport is the Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport.  Regardless of your departure airport and/or country, this is your final airport. Some of you will arrive to Atlanta through major U.S. cities airports such as New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Detroit, Dulles/Washington D.C. Our team will be waiting for you with a sign “Mandela Washington Fellows 2015”.


During the entire six weeks of the Institute, you will stay at Heritage Commons, a suite located on CAU campus. We have designated the second floor for women and the first floor for men.


  • A suite with two bedrooms and two bathrooms;
  • Working  desk in each bed rooms;
  • Four Drawer Dresser in each bed room;
  • Closet with Full Mirror door;
  • Wireless internet access throughout the facility, and on campus
  • Each suite has its own kitchen with oven, microwave, and refrigerator. You will need to supply your own  dishes and other utensils;
  • Each suite has a Living Room with TV;
  • Each suite has a Laundry room with washing machine and dryer ;
  • Bed sheets, pillow, and blankets are provided for each room, and two towels for each room; you must supply your own additional towels and toiletries.
  • Club –House with Common Lounge area, with Kitchen, Fitting Center, and Recreational/living area-with TV;

The following are prohibited in Residence Halls:

  • Smoking or using illegal drugs, and
  • Any alcohol

Security & Residential Support

You will be provided with an ID card to swipe for entrance to your residential hall, and two keys, one for the suite, and the other for your bedroom (do not lose this key, there is a replacement charge of $150.00 for each key). We are planning to reserve the entire Heritage Commons residential facility for Mandela Washington Fellows. Hence, no other outside individuals/groups will have access to the residential facility.

In addition, Graduate Student Assistants will be there to assist and facilitate Fellows daily-living on a 24/7 basis.

Getting Around

Heritage Commons is conveniently located, with easy access to all campus facilities, classroom spaces, dining halls, library, and other outdoor –sport activities such as running tracks, and tennis courts.

For your weekend outings: Although there are buses and MARTA (a sub- way train) that is  not far from your residential area  that can take you to most places away from campus, it is time consuming, and may not be safe, particularly in the evening hours. Hence, we are planning to have transportation available for such activities as well.