About Our Program
About the Humphrey Fellowship Program
The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program was initiated in 1978 to honor the late Senator and Vice President and his lifelong commitment to international cooperation and public service. The program brings accomplished educational leaders from developing nations and emerging democracies to the United States for an academic year to study, gain related professional experience, build their leadership capacity, and foster mutual understanding. The program provides a basis for lasting ties between U.S. citizens and the Fellows while strengthening the global exchange of knowledge and expertise. Humphrey Fellows are selected based on their potential for leadership and their commitment to public service in either the public or the private sector.
Humphrey Fellowship at Vanderbilt
Humphrey Vision at Vanderbilt: To Inspire educational leaders to make positive changes with the youth, communities, and nations they serve while leaving a lasting impact on Nashville.
Humphrey Mission at Vanderbilt: To provide meaningful opportunities for professional development and leadership development, as well as mutual exchange through immersion in a localized, culturally rich environment. Through knowledge, application and self-reflection, Fellows will enhance their individual capacities while enriching the Vanderbilt and Nashville communities.
Vanderbilt's Humphrey Fellows
During the 2020-2021 school year, Vanderbilt University will host 11 Fellows hailing from Algeria, Belize, Bolivia, Egypt, Guatemala, Israel, Maldives, Mauritius, Rwanda, Sudan and Uganda.
The Humphrey Fellowship Program at Vanderbilt has many components and required activities. Fellows will complete and participate a variety of professional development activities and projects during their Fellowship year—virtually during the Fall semester and on campus during the Spring semester.
Some of the activities include:
- Designing an e-Portfolio that outlines their goals and objective as well as tracks their reflections and work throughout the fellowship year.
- Developing a plan for impact once they return home, an Impact Plan.
- Participating in the Humphrey Seminar Series to enhance professional and leadership skills and share their professional expertise.
- Auditing Academic Courses at Peabody and throughout Vanderbilt University.
- Engaging in Professional Affiliations (similar to a high level internship).
- Contributing to the Nashville community through Service.
- Taking part in Mutual Exchange activities.
Humphrey Fellowship Team at Vanderbilt
Nancy Dickson, Ed. D., Program Director
Nancy Dickson is currently the Program Director for the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program, a Fulbright exchange program for educational leaders from developing countries. Nancy also teaches in the Department of Leadership, Policy and Organizations (LPO). She has served as the director of the Abu Dhabi Leadership Induction Program as well as the program manager for the Tennessee/Shanghai Leadership Collaborative here at Peabody. Additionally, she trains and endorses high school teachers throughout the state in the area of service learning for the Tennessee Department of Education.
Prior to working at Vanderbilt, she was the Director of Operations and a founding team member of LEAD Academy, a public charter school in Nashville. While teaching 4th grade in Washington, D.C. public schools, Nancy collaborated with National Geographic, Meridian International, and George Washington University to provide citywide professional development and teacher preparation programming.
As an active member in the community, Nancy serves as the board chair of Nashville International Center of Empowerment (NICE) and All About Women as well as the co-chair for Alignment Nashville’s Parent Engagement Team. She holds a Doctorate of Educational Leadership and a Master of Public Policy degree from Vanderbilt, and a Bachelor of Art degree in Elementary Education from Penn State University. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hannah Fredriksen, B.A., Assistant Coordinator
Hannah is an Assistant Coordinator for the Humphrey Program, and a first-year student in Peabody’s Higher Education Administration program. Hannah received her bachelor’s degree in English from Baldwin Wallace University, where she also competed in varsity Cross Country, Track and Field, and Lacrosse. Hannah is passionate about educational advocacy and socioeconomic educational equality. In her free time, she enjoys running with her dog, Nova, and writing short stories.
Nicole (Yiting) Liu, M.Ed., Assistant Coordinator
Nicole is an Assistant Coordinator for the Humphrey Program and a first-year student of International Education Policy and Management at Peabody College of Education. Nicole received her bachelor’s degree in Life Sciences at Wuhan University, China. She has obtained her master’s in Education in TESOL at Boston University with two K-12 teaching certificates in Chinese Mandarin and ESL. Nicole has served as a bilingual language teacher as well as a career coach since 2016. She is passionate about educational leadership and reform in various social contexts. Besides, she takes a great interest in intercultural communication.
Associate Campus Partnership
The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program at Vanderbilt aims to facilitate a multi-faceted approach towards professional development, leadership development and mutual exchange. To diversify the professional and cultural collaborations between the Humphrey Fellows and their American counterparts, Vanderbilt has partnered with Volunteer State University and Lipscomb University. Through two Associate Campus Partnerships, Vol State and Lipscomb are able to broaden their international exposure, while exposing the Fellows to various perspectives of higher education in the U.S.
Volunteer State Community College is a Public Community College that includes a service area of urban, suburban and rural counties making it rather unique in community colleges. They are a Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) institution.
Volunteer State is a two-year college offering associate degrees, certificates, continuing education, and service to northern Middle Tennessee. The main campus is located in Gallatin, Tennessee, 30 miles northeast of Nashville, with two additional campus’ in Springfield and Livingston, Tennessee. Popularly known as Vol State, the college is home to more than 70 programs in five grand divisions: Humanities, Social Science and Education, Allied Health, Business, and Math and Science.
Vol State is committed to providing quality educational programs that strengthen community and workforce partnerships, promote diversity and cultural exchange, inspire lifelong learning, and prepare students for successful careers, university transfer, and meaningful civic participation.
Lipscomb University is a small private, four-year, faith-based institution in Nashville. They offer 8 bachelor’s degrees in 145 areas of undergraduate study, 25 master’s degrees, 4 education specialist degrees and 3 doctorate degrees in 58 fields of study. Lipscomb has 10 colleges and 2 schools with different specialties including College of Bible and Ministry, Business, Computing and Technology, Education, Engineering, Entertainment and the Arts, Leadership and Public Service, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Theology, and Nursing. Lipscomb’s campus is located in Nashville, Tennessee, just a few minutes away from Vanderbilt’s Peabody College.
Lipscomb is committed to integrate Christian faith and practice with academic excellence. This mission is carried out not only in the classroom but also by involvement in numerous services to the church and the larger community.
Starting in the fall of 2016, Lipscomb became the second associate campus for the Humphrey Fellowship Program at Vanderbilt. Its involvement complements Volunteer State Community College and provides the fellows a more complete landscape of American higher education.
Funding & Support
The Humphrey Program is a Fulbright exchange activity funded by the U.S. Department of State. Co-sponsors include other governmental agencies, multinational organizations, and private donors. The Humphrey Program is administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE) and is implemented at 15 U.S. host universities including Vanderbilt University.