On March 25, the Prange Collection welcomed a group of university students from Japan, who were participating in the TOMODACHI MetLife Women’s Leadership Program(TMWLP). The program was launched in 2013 by the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo and the TOMODACHI Initiative. According to its website, “This 10-month mentorship program pairs highly-motivated Japanese female university students with Japanese female mid-career professionals to encourage networking among a select corps of Japanese women who show promise as Japan’s next generation of leaders.”
As a part of their stay in Washington D.C, the participants were divided into multiple groups and visited several local universities. Ten students were sent to the University of Maryland. During their visit to the Prange Collection, the participants took a tour of stacks and had a chance to view a display of original materials — primarily, magazines and photographs.