Livingston Welcomes Humphrey Fellows

Vol State at Livingston welcomes international scholarsVolunteer State Community College, an associate campus in the Vanderbilt University Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program, recently welcomed 11 visiting international leaders to the Livingston Campus.  The fellows, representing countries from across the globe, shared information about their countries with faculty, staff, and students. Vol State students from Girija Shinde’s Human Anatomy and Physiology II classes researched the fellows and their countries, and then met with them to exchange knowledge about international health care issues.

The program is named for the late senator and vice president’s commitment to international collaboration in public service. The fellows, who are accomplished professionals with leadership ability, engage in professional development, cultural exchange, and public service while establishing connections with professionals in the United States and in other countries.

Volunteer State Community College, a Tennessee Board of Regents institution, offers two-year degree programs and technical certificates, as well as basic courses that apply for credit transfer to other colleges and universities.

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Pictured:  Front, from left: Vol State Professor Girija Shinde; Humphreys Fellows Sarah Qaiser, Pakistan; Lu Sam, Myanmar; Mahi Parveen, Pakistan; Yajing Akina Shen, China; Vol State Coordinator of International Education Ann-Marie Ruttenbur.

Back, from left:  Humphrey Fellowship Program Coordinator Shannon White; Vol State Student Services Coordinator, Lisa Officer; Fellow Esat Mazreku, Kosovo; Vol State at Livingston Director Michael Powell; Fellows Amadou Tidjani Diallo, Mauritania; Andrey Almakaev, Russia; Tarek Daoud, Lebanon; Fikile Mdluli, Swaziland; Zaoro Bimou, Guinea; Syed Akbar Ali Shah, Pakistan; and Humphrey Fellowship Program Director Nancy Dickson .