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The Humphrey School of Public Affairs is the University of
Minnesota's school of policy and planning.



David Waithaka
"The Humphrey School promised me a top-class education by experts in diverse fields and experiential learning from other students from diverse backgrounds, and they delivered.”

David Waithaka

People and Culture Director (HR Director),
World Vision South Sudan

Degree: MA 1996
Location: Senegal and South Sudan

What was special about your coursework at the Humphrey School?
Race, Crime, and Public Policy, an interactive seminar, was my first experience at the Humphrey School. In this class, there was minimal lecturing done by a top professor in the field, while the majority of the time was spent with actual practitioners and stakeholders in the field. We had the mayor, the police, prison warden, gang members, and community leaders all giving presentations in a five-week period—that was the best learning experience of my life.

The Humphrey School promised me a top-class education by experts in diverse fields and experiential learning from other students from diverse backgrounds, and they delivered. Unlike other institutions, the professors at the Humphrey School don't just engage in research, they actually come to the classroom and teach.

How is the Humphrey School unique?
The Humphrey School offers easy and ready access to politicians and community activists, a rich student body from all over the world, and the opportunity to see public affairs and policy analysis in action. The classroom experience is complemented by actual experience.

How did your experiences at the Humphrey influence your career choices?
After and due to my education at Humphrey, I chose to return to my home country of Kenya and work in private sector. But also do community work in the slum of Mathare Valley, where I was born. I have been working in advocacy for slum-dweller rights to education, water and sanitation, education, and health care and I have seen positive results. Humphrey trained me to use solid research to back my activism and my conviction that all are created equal.

What is you job?
My job is to design and implement a talent management program for emerging high-potential middle-level management talent for future leadership roles.

June 4, 2014