Afghan Humphrey Fellow to share message of hope, power of education

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Angela Niazmand“I believe education is the only way out of darkness.”

So says Angela Niazmand, a Humphrey Fellows scholar from Afghanistan, who will visit Pellissippi State Community College the week of Feb. 8. She will share a presentation at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, in the Goins Building Cafeteria Annex, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Niazmand will spend time shadowing Pellissippi State administrators to learn more about the community college model and how Pellissippi State interacts with its community.

“Afghan women are capable the same as other women in the world. They are enhancing their capacity and building their nation. I believe we should be strong and stay firm with our goals and not let life challenges stop us from moving forward. Try to challenge life difficulties; do not let life difficulties challenge you,” Niazmand said.

Humphrey Fellows are mid-career professionals from other nations who travel to the U.S. and spend one academic year at a university or other higher education institution. The program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, was established in 1978. Professionals from 24 countries participate.

Before receiving the Humphrey Fellows award, Niazmand served as the acting registrar at the American University of Afghanistan. She holds two bachelor’s degrees, one in Dari language and literature from Kabul University and another in social science from the American University of Afghanistan. This year, she is based at Penn State University, where she is studying the American higher education system.

“My goal is to continue with my education in master’s degree and doctorate levels in higher education outside Afghanistan, then return to help the higher education system of my beloved country, Afghanistan,” Niazmand said.

For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.

 

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