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Humphrey Fellow to speak about life in Afghanistan

Angela Niazmand, a 2015 Penn State Humphrey Fellow, will share "My Life's Journey: Story of an Afghani Woman" on Jan. 25 at the Nittany Lion Inn.

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Angela Niazmand, a 2015 Penn State Humphrey Fellow, has been selected by the State College branch of American Association of University Women (AAUW) to be the keynote speaker at its annual January luncheon.

Angela Niazmand
Niazmand will share personal experiences from her life growing up in Afghanistan. Her speech, titled “My Life’s Journey: Story of an Afghani Woman,” also will highlight the important influence education played in her life and why she continually strived to better herself.

“Whenever I talk about my life story or difficulties that I’ve faced in my life, I focus on my successes and how I was able to overcome those challenges,” Niazmand said. “I believe in two principles — have goals and visions in your life, and then work hard to achieve them. Goals give you direction and hard work moves you in that direction. That’s what I did and will always do.”

Prior to studying best practices in higher education administration as a Penn State Humphrey Fellow, Niazmand was the associate registrar at the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul. She has a bachelor’s degree in Dari language and literature and a bachelor’s degree in social science.

The luncheon will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 25, at the Nittany Lion Inn. Reservations are required and can be made by contacting Christine Bishop at Reservations must be received by Jan. 18 and a fee of $22, which covers the cost of the lunch, is due prior to the event.

The annual event is co-sponsored by the Penn State Humphrey Fellowship Program, Penn State Commission for Women, Altrusa International of Centre County, Community Diversity Group, Global Connections and Soroptimist International of Centre County.

Established in 1978 by President Jimmy Carter, the Humphrey Fellowship Program is a one-year, non-degree program that combines academic and professional development opportunities for accomplished, mid-career professionals from designated countries of Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean and the Middle East. Each year, the Penn State College of Education hosts 10 fellows seeking to advance their education, gain professional training and work-related experiences, and provide public service. To learn more about the Humphrey Fellowship Program at Penn State and to meet this year’s fellows, visit online.

By Jessica Buterbaugh (January 2016)