Humphrey Fellows celebrate year of new perspectives
The 2018-19 Humphrey
Fellows recently celebrated ten months of academic study, professional
development, and cultural exchange at Syracuse University. The 13 fellows from
12 countries participated in programs and projects at the Maxwell School, at
the university, and in the community. They learned about U.S. government,
nonprofits, and higher education operations and shared their perspectives as
“Whether speaking to high
school students, volunteering in the community, offering their professional
expertise on panels at the Maxwell School, or sharing their cultures with
families, we appreciate their perspectives and value their contributions,” said
Margaret Lane, director of the Humphrey Fellowship Program and assistant
director of Executive Education at Maxwell. “This people-to-people exchange is
central to the program.”
The program and dinner
in Eggers Hall celebrated Syracuse University’s tenth year as a host campus. Joining
the fellows were Maxwell and Executive Education representatives, host
families, and family and friends.
Since arriving in August,
the fellows participated in activities that reflect the fellowship’s philosophy
of engagement and Maxwell’s collaborative and interdisciplinary ethos. In
addition to graduate study, they connected with Maxwell faculty and
institutions as well as members of the iSchool and Newhouse School of Public
Communication. Fellows spoke to the DeWitt Rotary Club, Cicero-North Syracuse
High School, and Syracuse’s alumni club. Volunteer work included projects at In
My Father’s Kitchen, ProLiteracy, and the Samaritan Center.
After completing the
campus program in April, fellows started six-week professional affiliations.
Placements included local organizations such as ProLiteracy and Onondaga County,
and international organizations including the World Bank.
a Humphrey Fellow is about “becoming stronger, more supportive, more generous,
more tolerant, more empathetic, more self-aware of our weaknesses and our
strengths,” said Magda Monteza, a strategic planning specialist at the
Panamanian Department of Government chosen by her colleagues to speak at the
will return to their native countries with “new tools, knowledge, enthusiasm
and, surely, a new perspective,” she said. “Our identity as Humphrey Fellows is
something that will be with us for the rest of our lives.”
H. Humphrey Fellowship Program began in 1978 to honor the late Senator and Vice President Hubert
H. Humphrey and his lifelong commitment to international cooperation and public
service. The fellowship is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau
of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by the Institute of
International Education. The Maxwell School has
been a host campus of the Humphrey Fellowship Program since 2008.
The 2018-19 cohort includes
fellows who are pursuing studies and professional engagement in public policy,
public administration, IT policy, NGO management, leadership, and
collaboration. They hail from 12 countries: Brazil, Central African Republic,
China, India, Mozambique, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, South Sudan,
Suriname, Ukraine, and Vietnam.