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UC Davis Hubert H. Humphrey Program Events 2017-18

2017-18 Humphrey Fellowship Program Events

To submit a request a for a Humphrey Fellow to speak at one of your upcoming events, programs, or seminars, please contact Nikki Grey Rutamu, associate director of the Humphrey Fellowship Program in Global Affairs, at

Spring Quarter 2018

Public Events and Lectures

  • Presenter: Liu Xin
    “Policies and Practice of Air Pollution Control in Beijing and Jing-Jin-Ji Region”
    Event: Sustainable Transportation Energy Pathways (STEPS) Seminar
    Date: May 1, 2018, 12:10 p.m.
    Location: UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies
  • Presenter: Fathimah Handayani
    “Facing the Long Way with Humphrey Accomplishment”
    Event: Global Awareness Day
    Date: April 25, 2018, 12 p.m.
    Location: Sacramento City College

Hubert H. Humphrey West Cohort Year-End Conference

The 2017-18 cohort of UC Davis Humphrey Fellows travelled to Arizona to meet the Arizona State University Humphrey Fellows for the West Cohort Year-End Conference April 16-19, 2018. The Fellows discussed their professional experiences in the U.S., transitioning home, and reverse culture shock as the fellowship program end date approaches. While in Arizona, the Fellows also visited the Grand Canyon via Monument Valley, where most opted to stay overnight in traditional Navaho hogans, among other sightseeing activities. 

UC Davis Humphrey Fellows at Grand Canyon
The 2017-18 UC Davis Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows visiting the Grand Canyon.

Winter Quarter 2018

Public Events and Lectures

  • Presenter: Martin Kailie
    Topic: “African Perspectives: Work of Green Africa in Sierra Leone”
    Event: African Perspectives: Agriculture and Women Empowerment

    Date: March 29, 2018, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
    Location: International House Davis
  • Presenters: Laila Annouri, “The Role of Women in Conservation of Natural Resources in Morocco”
    Selenge Chadraabal, “How Women Contribute to Mongolia’s Economy"
    Maria Fernanda Gonzalez, “Experiences in Ecuador Relating to Gender and Water”

    Event: A part of the United Nations Association, Davis Chapter's event in honor of International Women’s Day
    Date: March 11, 2018, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
    International House Davis
    Read more: UC Davis Humphrey Fellows Share Stories at International Women’s Day Event
Humphrey Fellows at speaking event with leadership
(L-R) Vice Provost and Associate Chancellor Joanna Regulska, Humphrey Fellow Fernanda Gonzalez (Ecuador), Humphrey Fellow Laila Annouri (Morocco), Director of Global Professional Programs and of the Humphrey Program Karen Beardsley, and Associate Vice Provost of Global Education and Services Fadi Fathallah. Not pictured: Humphrey Fellow Selenge Chadraabal (Mongolia) at the International Women's Day Event.

Volunteer/Community Service Activities

Individual Presentations/Speaking Engagements

  • Presenters: Laila Annouri, Bouajila Essifi, Martin Kailie, and Abdi Ahmed Mohamed
    Topic: African Panel
    Date: April 26, 10:30 - 11:50 a.m.

    Location: Sacramento City College
  • Presenter: Kahlil Hassanali
    Topic: “Management of the Buccoo Reef Marine Park, Tobago: Challenges Faced"

    Date: April 12, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
    Location: Sacramento City College
  • Presenter: Bouajila Essifi
    Topic: “Contribution of Remote Sensing to the Surveillance, Monitoring and Assessment of Desertification in Tunisian Drylands”

    Date: March 20, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
    Location: Sacramento City College
  • Presenters: Laila Annouri and Fathimah Handayani
    Date: February 26, 2018
    Location: UC Davis Center for Spatial Technologies and Remote Sensing (CSTARS)
  • Presenter: Bouajila Essifi
    Topic: "Addressing Desertification and Droughts in Tunisian Drylands: An Ongoing Quest"
    Date: January 28, 2018
    Location: UC Davis Center for Spatial Technologies and Remote Sensing (CSTARS)
  • Presenter: Abdi Ahmed Mohamed
    Paper: “Toward a comprehensive agricultural transformation plan for post-conflict Somalia: A Conceptual Framework”
    Date: January 25, 2018 
    Location: Department of Agriculture and Resource Economics

Fall Quarter 2017

Individual and Group Presentations

  • Speakers: 2017-2018 Humphrey Fellows 
    Topic: Introduction Presentations
    Date: Friday, September 29, 2017
    Time: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Location: Multi Purpose Room, International Center
Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows enjoying the Global Affairs Humphrey Fellow/Fulbright Scholar and Student Reception.

Guest Lectures at Sacramento City College

  • Speaker: Martin Kailie 
    Topic: Ecofeminism: The Story of Rural Women in Sierra Leone
    Date: Monday, October 2, 2017
  • Speaker: Martin Kailie 
    Topic: Food Production: Eco-Cassava
    Date: Tuesday, October 3, 2017
  • Speaker: Selenge Chadrabaal 
    Topic: Food Production in Mongolia
    Date: Tuesday, October 10, 2017
  • Speaker: Maria Fernanda Gonzalez
    Topic: An Introduction to Environmental Concerns in Ecuador and Beyond
    Date: Tuesday, October 18, 2017
  • Speakers: Laila Annouri and Fathimah Handayani 
    Topic: Women in Politics: Barriers that affect the political ambition of women in leadership positions 
    Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2017

Agency and Organization Visits in Washington, D.C.

Global Leadership Forum, hosted by the Institute of International Education, October 29-November 2
  • Visit to: World Wildlife Fund
    Topic:  Communicating the importance of science, research and progress to help mobilize audiences to get involved and act.

  • Visit to: Embassy of Somalia in the United States

  • Topic: Hosted by Ambassador Ahmed Isse Awad for dinner and a lovely discussion.

  • Visit to: Diplomatic Reception hosted by the U.S. Department of State

  • Topic: Ambassadors and other diplomats from Fellows' countries were invited to attend for an evening celebrating the legacy of the Humphrey Fellowship Program.

  • Visit to: Office of Congressman John Garamendi

  • Visit to: Global Environment Facility

Read more: UC Davis Humphrey Fellows Spend a Week in the Nation's Capital

The 2017-18 UC Davis Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows visiting the World Wildlife Fund in Washington, D.C.

Other Notable Events and Activities (Group)

  • Dance performance and flag parade for the International Festival, October 1, 2017
  • Panel presentation for the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, November 15, 2017
  • Honored at the Humphrey Fulbright Reception, November 15, 2017
  • Tabling activity at the International Festival, November 17, 2017
  • Reading for the 69th Annual Universal Declaration of Human rights, December 10, 2017
The 2017-18 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows at the International Fair during International Education Week at UC Davis.

Other Notable Events and Activities (Individual)

  • Abdi Ahmed Mohamed led a graduate case study for the "International Agriculture Development 200" course covering a past project he administered in Somalia. He emphasized the need for participatory community action and acknowledging the human resources that exist even in resource-scarce communities, November 28, 2017.
  • Xin Liu interviewed for Al Gore's 24 Hours of Climate Reality, featured in the eleventh hour focused on China, December 4-5, 2017.

Volunteer/ Community Service Activities

  • Helped with clean-up activities at Putah Creek Clean-Up, September 16, 2017
  • Participated in a solar install activity with GRID Alternatives, September 18-19, 2017
  • Cooked for local citizens in need with Davis Community Meals, November 25, 2017
  • Worked with Asociación Ecuatoriana de California to organize and serve food for its annual fundraising dinner. Funds raised will be invested in projects to improve the living conditions of vulnerable groups in Ecuador and Latin America, December 2, 2017
The 2017-18 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows volunteering with GRID Alternatives.

More Information

If you are interested in collaborating with the Humphrey Fellowship Program at UC Davis, please contact Nikki Grey Rutamu, associate director of the Humphrey Fellowship Program in Global Affairs, at

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