2018 Fulbright Reception at the Consul General of Mexico in Atlanta

On April 19, 2018, the Consul General of Mexico in Atlanta,  Javier Díaz de León graciously hosted a reception in honor of Fulbright alumni and current grantees based in the State of Georgia. 

At first, we were welcomed by a variety of pieces from Mexican cuisine. Some of them: enchiladas, taquitos, tamarind juice. Also, in another table, a great collection of Tequilas of the highest quality was given for taste, to better accompany what we were eating at the moment.

After a few minutes of meeting up with other fellow Fulbrighters, everyone attending the event was asked to give a short introduction of themselves. Later, members of the Consulate gave us a talk about their activities in the region.

In addition, they acknowledged the presence of representatives of the consulates of Colombia and Peru and recognized our friend Alberto as a Fulbright student from Mexico. We were also showed a short video with the intention to promote tourism to this neighboring country.

To close the event, a couple of “Mariachis” (Mexican musicians) played the Harp and sang traditional songs for the delight of the audience.

Credit:Brad K. Hounkpati, Juan C. Lazarte, Carolyn Bero, and Adisde Handal Gamundi.

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Brad K. Hounkpati Agricultural Engineer, he served as an Agricultural Engineer at Nouvelle Société Cotonnière du Togo (West Africa). Prior to his Fulbright experience, he was previously Technical Coordinator for Peace Corps Togo in Natural Resource Management Program. He has also served in many roles with organizations working to support agriculture in West Africa, including FAO, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Cashew Espoir Ltd., and Plant Resource Of Tropical Africa (PROTA).

In addition to Fulbright Scholarship, he had been awarded other prestigious awards such as: the WARA travel grant, The Norman E. Borlaug Leadership Enhancement in Agriculture Program (Borlaug LEAP) Fellowships Award, the Global Programs Graduate International Travel Award and the Graduate Travel Grant from the University of Georgia and nonetheless the U.E Brady Award. His pairs know him as networker or a “to-go person”.

Fulbright Fellow 2011-2013 at University of Georgia (UGA). He is currently serving as a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Entomology, UGA. Since 2011, he has been serving as the national contact for all Fulbright and Humphrey grantees from Togo. Inspired by his Fulbright experience, he later created BSBIZTOGO, Inc. & Grain de Sel Togo, Inc., two Georgian 501c3 organization to support underprivileged students in public universities in sub-Saharan Africa, Europe and other Fulbright scholars in the US. He has served as Membership Database Administrator, and Advocacy Director until 2017 before being elected as Vice President and Communication Officer of Fulbright Association Georgia Chapter in 2018

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