Highlights from the Year

The Fellows were constantly busy during this program year. Here are some of the highlight program events and activities that they participated in.

Humphrey Enhancement Workshops:

The Enhancement Workshops, organized by the Institute of International Education and various host campuses, provide an opportunity to attend professional site visits, network with senior professionals, increase understanding on a particular topic and develop professional contacts. In March, Arnold Akah of Ghana and Dong Zhao of China attended the Enhancement Workshop on “Leadership and Governance During Times of Crisis” which was held at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. Through this workshop, they learned how leaders effectively communicate during times of crisis and had the opportunity to network with leaders and other Humphrey fellows. In April, our Fellows Nivo Ranaivoarivelo from Madagascar,Nivo and Carter Dong Zhao from China, Alfred Odubasa from South Sudan, and Wanel Jean-Baptiste from went to the 28th Annual Atlanta Enhancement Workshop on “Global Development and Social Justice” sponsored by Emory University. They had the opportunity to hear Rosalyn and Jimmy Carter speak and participate in the Q&A session. Niv asked Mr. Carter what his message would be for all of the Humphrey Fellows, as their program is ending soon, and he said, “Set your goals very high! Be special people! Promote peace and human rights once you are back in your countries. Share good and bad things that you have observed in the USA and do the best you can with courage!”

Leadership Challenge Workshop:

As part of the Humphrey Seminar, we hosted an all-day workshop facilitated by Dan Schwab of Dan Schwab Consulting. The goal of this training program was to foster leaders’ skills and confidence though techniques that will simultaneously build more effective institutions that are able to create change in society. The Leadership Challenge is able to suit and adapt to all different cultures and backgrounds because of its fundamental thinking that leadership is the universal language and in integral skill that is needed to see change in our world. The main aspect that the Fellows took away from this workshop is that it was such an empowering experience to gain words to actions they already knew.

Field trip to California Environmental Protection Agency:

Field trips are an important part of the UC Davis Humphrey Program. They allow for hands-on experience and exposure to US culture and practices.  UC Davis Humphrey Fellows went to the California EPA VisitEnvironmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) in Sacramento. They went on a tour of the building that included going on top of the roof with a spectacular aerial view of Sacramento! Afterwards, a few of the top members of the Air Resources Board and the State Water Resources Control Board of the CalEPA gave presentations and a discussion followed. It was a great opportunity to exchange ideas and to collaborate with leaders in the industry.

Western Cohort Conference:

This conference was held at Arizona State University and included fellows from UC Davis, Arizona State University and the University of Washington. The topics covered in this conference were how to deal with Western Cohort Conferencereverse culture shock, the importance of reliance and other informative tips to prepare the Fellows for their transition back home. This was a great opportunity to network with the Western cohort.