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Nigel Walker 2017-18

Nigel Walker is from Atlanta, GA and graduated from Vanderbilt University’s School of Engineering in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Science and minors in Engineering Management and Managerial Studies with a focus in Financial Economics.  During his time at Vanderbilt, he played varsity football, became founding president of his fraternity, Pi Kappa Alpha, and was elected president of the school of engineering.  When looking at career options, he saw the Michael B. Keegan Traveling Fellowship as an opportunity to get out of his comfort zone and grow by traveling the world to study a subject that has personally influenced him: fatherhood.

Nigel’s project is entitled Spending Time With Your Father: Global Perspectives on Fatherhood.  He is studying fatherhood because he grew up without his father and has seen the influence this parent can have on families and an individual’s identity.  Nigel’s goal is to capture the individual nuances of fatherhood in each place he visits, detail an overall definition of what fatherhood is, and learn how to apply the definition as a future male leader in different communities.  He will travel to all 7 continents and over 20 countries interviewing people about the role their father played for them growing up in their country.  Nigel has connected with families all over thanks to past fellows, such as Michael Ainslie, and his friends and family.  Along the way, Nigel will post what is found on this website:

Nigel has accepted a teaching position at Teach For America for after his fellowship, where he will return home to Atlanta, GA to teach middle school math for 2 years.  In teaching and with his interests in going into business in the future, he will apply lessons learned about male leadership from the people he met during his travels.  Long-term, Nigel wants to apply these lessons in his role to his future family, where he will be the father.