The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) is pleased to recognize 20 institutions as “Fulbright Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Institutional Leaders,” for their noteworthy engagement with the Fulbright Program, the U.S. government's flagship international educational exchange program, during the 2019-2020 academic year. Read the full announcement here.
ECA established the Fulbright HBCU Institutional Leaders initiative to recognize and commend the strong partnership between the Fulbright Program and HBCUs and to encourage the entire network of HBCUs to increase their Fulbright engagement. This initiative is part of the U.S. State Department’s long-standing commitment to build diversity and inclusion within the Fulbright Program and within the Bureau’s exchange programs overall.
To coincide with the announcement of the recipients, several days of activities will celebrate the achievements that HBCUs have made with the Fulbright Program and to encourage more HBCUs to increase their engagement with the program.
May 24: The HBCU Institutional Leaders for academic year 2019-2020 will be announced on the Fulbright Program’s social media accounts: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn, as well as on eca.state.gov/fulbright and the Fulbright U.S. Student and Fulbright Scholar websites. Make sure you follow the accounts in case your institution is recognized, and share the posts to promote the campaign and invite others to celebrate!
May 24 – May 28: Throughout the week, the Fulbright Program’s social media accounts will highlight the 2019-2020 HBCU Institutional Leaders through stories and videos in collaboration with Watch the Yard. The Fulbright Program’s flagship Twitter account will also co-host a Twitter chat with the Fulbright HBCU affinity group on HBCU engagement with Fulbright and international education. Follow us on Twitter @FulbrightPrgrm at 3 PM EDT on May 27th to join the conversation.
June 3: In recognition of the Fulbright HBCU Institutional Leaders initiative, and in celebration of the Fulbright Program’s 75th Anniversary, the Fulbright Program will host the Fulbright HBCU Symposium to discuss Fulbright opportunities and resources for HBCUs, the benefits of a Fulbright experience, and the role that the Fulbright Program can and does play in supporting HBCU campus internationalization and global awareness and engagement. Symposium speakers include ECA leadership, Prairie View A&M President and Fulbright alumna Dr. Ruth Simmons, representatives from Fulbright implementing partners, and leaders from HBCU Institutional Leaders. The symposium is open to all HBCU faculty, staff, and stakeholders. Register here.