Friday, January 27, 2017

Meet two new Humphrey Fellowship staffers

The LCI is pleased to welcome two new employees who will help run this year's Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship program.

Jon Dworin, a former instructor at the LCI, is returning as program coordinator. Sarah V. Liu will be a program aide.

Jon Dworin
For Dworin, it's deja vu all over again, he says. "It's great to be back at LCI, and I'm really excited to be serving in my new role with the Humphrey Fellows this year."

Dworin, his fiancee, Cathie, and their dog, Ama, moved to Blacksburg about five years ago. Before that, Dworin, who studied international relations and education and had been a middle school teacher in Maryland, served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Honduras and as a member of the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps on the West Coast.

"I've been working on various entrepreneurial endeavors recently," Dworin says, "and I've developed a passion for community-building in low-impact development neighborhoods,"

In his spare time, he enjoys "all the natural beauty and adventure that the New River Valley has to offer." He also coaches a boys soccer team — "just for kicks."

Sarah V. Liu
Liu is a master's candidate in the Department of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech, from which she also received her bachelor's degree.

She also volunteers 12 hours per week as an EMT with the Christiansburg Rescue Squad.

Liu, a second-generation immigrant, says her interest in working with the international community stems from living in the Residential Leadership Community during her freshman year as well as working in the former Office for Inclusion and Diversity, which exposed her to issues of social justice and diversity.

Outside of school, Liu's interests include weightlifting, roller-skating, cooking ethnic cuisines, traveling, and reading.

The Humphrey Fellowship program brings accomplished young and midcareer professionals from developing nations and emerging democracies to the U.S. for a year of professional ­development and related academic study.

The LCI provides the long-term English training program component of the Fellows' experience,