New Humphrey Fellows Bring Public Service Skills to UC Davis

2017-2018 Humphrey Fellows

UC Davis Global Affairs welcomes natural resource, agriculture and environmental science
professionals from around the world as new Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows.

September 5, 2017
By Bonnie Shea, director of communications, Global Affairs

The newest cohort of Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows has officially arrived on campus. This year’s fellows come to UC Davis from 11 countries to advance their leadership and professional skills through public service collaborations while enhancing their academic knowledge through non-degree coursework.

The midcareer professionals bring international perspectives and expertise in agriculture and rural development, natural resources and environmental science—including climate change and environmental policy.

“These amazing individuals invariably contribute a rich level of cultural diversity to our campus and surrounding communities,” describes Karen Beardsley, director of sponsored programs and special projects in Global Affairs.

“They are true global ambassadors, and we gain so much from their presence for the 10 months that they share their lives and experiences with us.”

With limited or no previous involvements in the United States, Humphrey Fellows stay local and travel as far as Washington, D.C. to engage in professional, cultural, social, and community collaborations, serve as guest speakers, participate in conferences and seminars, and make frequent presentations.

Their first presentation will serve as an official introduction to the community on September 29 at 1 p.m. in the International Center’s Multipurpose Room.

“Whether making professional presentations, waving the flag of their home country at the UC Davis Picnic Day parade, cheering on the women’s basketball team, or attending the farmer’s market, fellows enjoy becoming a part of our community,” says Nikki Grey Rutamu, associate director of the Humphrey Program at UC Davis.

One of only 13 university partners nationwide, UC Davis has been hosting Humphrey Fellows, from close to 100 countries, since 1986.

"By hosting the Humphrey program, we, as a university community, have the tremendous opportunity to learn from the fellows’ perspectives and projects,” according to Joanna Regulska, vice provost and associate chancellor of Global Affairs.

An initiative of the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs, the Humphrey Fellowship program was founded in 1978 by President Jimmy Carter to honor the late senator and vice president, Hubert H. Humphrey, an advocate of international connections and understanding.

“The goals of the program and the public service work of this year's fellows fit seamlessly with both the mission of Global Affairs and the growing presence of intercultural experiences at UC Davis,” says Regulska.

In fact, fellows often develop lasting, mutually-beneficial relationships with campus and community partners, ranging from collaborations with UC Davis units such as D-Lab to various speaking events at places such as Sacramento City College.

“I encourage everyone from the campus and surrounding communities to connect with our program and keep informed about engagement opportunities throughout the academic year,” says Beardsley.

2017-18 UC Davis Humphrey Fellows

Laila Annouri — Morocco

Selenge Chadraabal — Mongolia

Bouajila Essifi — Tunisia

Maria Fernanda Gonzalez — Ecuador

Litia Gaunavou-Tuberi — Fiji

Fathimah Handayani — Indonesia

Kahlil Hassanali — Trinidad and Tobago

Martin Kailie — Sierra Leone

Anita Kazamer — Hungary

Abdi Mohamed — Somalia

Liu Xin — China