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Educators begin yearlong cultural exchange at Vanderbilt

Sep. 2, 2014, 11:07 AM

Humphrey Fellows

The Vanderbilt 2014-15 Humphrey Fellows are, back, from left: Libni Guardado (El Salvador); Hilarion Vegba (Benin); Siradji Mahamane (Niger); Ousmane Ba (Mauritania); Geeta Motilal (South Africa); Nancy Mendy (The Gambia); and front, from left: Kelly Cordozo (Brazil); Le Song La Mao Dong Tse (China); Roselle Mendoa (Philippines); and Farhan Vlakini (Pakistan). (Anne Rayner/Vanderbilt)

In August, Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of education and human development welcomed its latest cohort of Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows, 10 educational professionals from around the world. The 2014-15 Humphrey Fellows come from from Benin, Brazil, China, El Salvador, Gambia, Pakistan, Philippines, Mauritania, Niger and South Africa.

They will participate in a yearlong professional and leadership development program on the Peabody campus and within the Nashville community. Over the coming year, they will attend lectures by Peabody professors, meet with local business leaders, lawmakers and school administrators, and share their culture with area school children. The fellows will leave in the spring of 2015 having created a comprehensive community enrichment program they intend to implement in their home country upon their return.

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is a U.S. government international exchange program supported by the people of the United States.

Humphrey Fellows represent diverse professional and cultural backgrounds, but are selected based on a shared commitment to leadership and an exemplary record of service.

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Contact: Nancy Dickson, (615) 390-0812

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