Visiting Humphrey Fellows to Present on Native Countries

May 31, 2017

MISSOULA – Ten visiting Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows will deliver a series of free presentations in June to share information about their native countries. The series is co-sponsored by the University of Montana’s Global Engagement Office and the Jeannette Rankin Peace Center.

All presentations are free and open to the public will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. each Thursday in June at the Jeanette Rankin Peace Center meeting room, located at 519 S. Higgins Ave.

Each Humphrey Fellow will talk about themselves and the work they do, their home countries, the problems facing their communities and possible solutions. Topics will include social justice, public policy, human rights, public health and urban planning. Snacks will be provided and there will be time to meet and mingle with the Fellows after each presentation.

The presentation schedule follows:

Thursday, June 1:

  • Bernardo Perez of Nicaragua is an architect who will study urban and regional planning while in the U.S. Perez has supervised the restoration of important archeological sites in his country, with an emphasis on the integration of environmental and urban issues.
  • Zhenquan Jiao of China works for the Bureau of Disease Control and Prevention at the Chinese National Health and Family Planning Commission. Dr. Jiao is responsible for China’s national prevention and control efforts regarding HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted disease and hepatitis C.

Thursday, June 8 :

  • Natalia Ariza Ramírez (Colombia)
  • Luis Alberto Hierro Sanchez (Cuba)
  • Fatma Hoşgör Tekeşin (Turkey)

Thursday, June 15:

  • Mireille L. Tchakounte Tchatat (Cameroon)
  • Irma Burjanadze (Georgia)

Thursday, June 29:

  • Zenaida Martinez Blanco (Mexico)
  • Juan Carlos Banda (Chile)
  • Alireza Bayat (Iran)

For more information on each presenter’s topic, visit

In early April, the English Language Institute welcomed the 2017 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program cohort to UM’s campus. The Fellows, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, receive intensive English language training through ELI before departing in August for their studies at host universities throughout the U.S.

The Humphrey Program, which was established in 1978, brings young and midcareer professionals from designated countries to the United States for a year of nondegree graduate-level study, leadership development and professional collaboration with U.S. counterparts.


Contact: Jeanie Castillo, UM English Language Institute, 406-243-6235,; Jeannette Rankin Peace Center, 406-543-3999,