2023 Fulbright HSI Leaders Announced

2023 Fulbright HSI Leaders

Fulbright HSI Leaders Highlights

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Virtual Workshop for HSIs

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Fulbright Resources for HSIs

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2023 Fulbright HSI Leaders

The U.S. Department of State recognizes 46 Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) as Fulbright HSI Leaders to acknowledge their noteworthy support for Fulbright exchange participants and promotion of Fulbright program opportunities on campus in the previous year. The initiative encourages administrators, faculty and students at HSIs to engage with Fulbright and highlights the strength of HSIs as destinations for international students and scholars.

HSIs serve approximately two-thirds of all Hispanic students in U.S. higher education. The Fulbright Program works closely with stakeholders, including the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), to promote international exchange opportunities to staff, students, and faculty at HSIs. With a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and access (DEIA), the Fulbright Program takes concerted steps to ensure that participants have successful and rewarding experiences before, during, and after their exchanges.

The following institutions were recognized according to their degree classifications at HACU’s annual conference on October 30, 2023:


  • Arizona State University
  • California State University, Fresno
  • City College of New York, CUNY
  • Florida Atlantic University
  • Florida International University
  • Montclair State University
  • Northern Arizona University
  • Rutgers University-Newark
  • San Diego State University
  • Texas A & M University
  • Texas State University
  • Texas Tech University
  • University of Arizona
  • University of California, Irvine
  • University of California, Merced
  • University of California, Riverside
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
  • University of California, Santa Cruz
  • University of Central Florida
  • University of Houston
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
  • University of New Mexico
  • University of North Texas
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • University of Texas at San Antonio


  • Baruch College, CUNY
  • California State University, Northridge
  • California State University, Sacramento
  • College of Staten Island, CUNY
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona Beach
  • Hunter College, CUNY
  • Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • New Jersey City University
  • Queens College, CUNY
  • Saint Edward’s University
  • Saint Mary’s College of California
  • San José State University
  • University of Houston-Downtown
  • University of Redlands

Baccalaureate and Special Focus

  • Austin College
  • Purchase College, SUNY
  • Southwestern University


  • LaGuardia Community College, CUNY
  • Lone Star College System

Special Focus

  • University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • University of Texas Medical Branch

Headshot of Mildred Garcia

“I know first-hand how traveling abroad…in a new culture and country transforms you. The Fulbright programs continued to fuel my passion to provide international experiences to those students who would never be able to reach them. One of the goals of my presidencies was to provide short-term international experiences for these students.”

Mildred García, Ed.D.
California State University system Chancellor
Fulbright Alum to Jordan, Oman, and France

Assistant Secretary Lee Satterfield congratulates the HSI Leaders and emphasizes diversity as one of America’s greatest strengths.

Headshot of Felix Matos Rodriguez

“Fulbright has a solid record of recruiting and selecting people from diverse backgrounds and helping to ensure that those individuals have successful and rewarding experiences abroad. I salute the State Department for launching this Fulbright HSI Leaders initiative to build on that record by expanding the representation of HSIs in the Fulbright Program.”

Dr. Félix V. Matos Rodríguez
City University of New York (CUNY) Chancellor

Fulbright HSI Leader Highlights

The Fulbright Program gives students, scholars, teachers, artists, and professionals at HSIs the opportunity to study, teach, conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to complex global challenges. HSIs of all sizes and types successfully engage with the Fulbright program to promote institutional internationalization strategies, support curriculum needs, and form international networks, research partnerships, and long-term collaborations.

The Fulbright Program is the U.S. Government’s flagship international academic exchange program, offering a variety of exchange opportunities. In addition to sending U.S. Students and Scholars abroad, recognized Fulbright HSI Leaders host international Fulbrighters, such as Fulbright Scholars-in-Residence and Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistants (who teach in HSI classrooms). Faculty members who have Fulbright U.S. Scholar Awards return from their grant experiences and enrich their campus culture, students and curriculum, and the Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides recent alumni and graduate students with opportunities to gain valuable international perspectives and experiences.

Fulbright HSI Alumni Highlights

Headshot of Dr. Milagros Peña

“As a Fulbright recipient, my international research provided me with a whole new outlook and a deep appreciation which enriched me both professionally and personally. I’m proud of the work Purchase is doing to ensure that students and faculty have opportunities for globally-focused education and cross-cultural experiences both here on campus and abroad."

Dr. Milagros “Milly” Peña, Purchase College
1994 Fulbright-Hays/García-Robles Scholar to Mexico in Sociology

Headshot of David Robledo

“Fulbright projects are chosen because the subjects under study are important to the world. It's an experience that is defined by change, for the Fulbright scholar or teacher, and for the futures that they will follow.”

David Robledo, Texas Tech
2020 Fulbright U.S. Student Award to Costa Rica in Science Communication

Fulbright is highlighting additional students and scholars from Fulbright HSI Leaders through stories and videos on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and LinkedIn

Fulbright Virtual Workshop for HSIs

On November 9, the U.S. Department of State hosted a virtual workshop which featured representatives from Fulbright HSI Leaders who shared how they engage with all of Fulbright’s suite of programs to support students and faculty, host international Fulbrighters, and increase their campus’ global network.

Fulbright Resources for HSIs

The Fulbright Program has resources to support HSIs engagement, including:

Fulbright HSI Leaders

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs celebrates all institutions recognized since the launch of the Fulbright HSI Leaders initiative in 2021.

HSI 2023 Badge

2023 Fulbright HSI Leaders recognized engagement with Fulbright during the 2022-23 academic year

2022 HSI Badge

2022 Fulbright HSI Leaders recognized engagement with Fulbright during the 2021-22 academic year

HSI 2021 Badge

The Inaugural Fulbright HSI Leaders recognized engagement with Fulbright during the 2019-21 academic years

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