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2013-2014 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program was initiated in 1978 to honor the late Senator and Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey and his life-long commitment to human rights, international cooperation, and public service.

The program brings accomplished mid-career professionals from designated developing nations and emerging democracies to the United States for a year of professional development and related academic study and cultural exchange. The program is sponsored by the United States Department of State and is administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE), which assigns Fellows to a host university based upon each Fellow’s interests and needs. This year’s program includes 180 Fellows from 93 countries, who are being hosted by 17 universities throughout the United States.

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The goals of the Humphrey Fellowship Program at the University of Minnesota Law School are:

• to enable each Fellow to foster personal and professional growth and prepare the Fellow for leadership roles in his or her country;
• to provide opportunities for a rich exchange of information among Fellows, and also between Fellows and host families, community members, professional colleagues, and students and faculty at the University; and
• to help Fellows understand as broadly and deeply as possible U.S. cultural, political, legal, and economic systems.

Each year Humphrey Fellows come to the University of Minnesota Law School to pursue studies and professional development work in the areas of human rights, law, human trafficking, and law enforcement.

Since the University of Minnesota’s involvement began in 1981, nearly 500 Humphrey Fellows from more than 100 different countries have come to the University of Minnesota to pursue leadership and professional development activities.

The Human Rights Center, the Law School, and the University of Minnesota work together to enable each Fellow to achieve his/her program goals. Collaboration among University faculty, alumni, an extensive network of affiliated professionals, host families, and the Fellows themselves creates an extraordinary environment for cross-cultural learning. The Human Rights Center works closely with the Humphrey School of Public Affairs (http://www.hhh.umn.edu/index.php), which hosts its own cohort of Humphrey Fellows whose professional interests focus on public policy administration.

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