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:
Baccalaureate and Special Focus
“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
“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
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.
“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
“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
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.
The Fulbright Program has resources to support HSIs engagement, including:
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.
2023 Fulbright HSI Leaders recognized engagement with Fulbright during the 2022-23 academic year
2022 Fulbright HSI Leaders recognized engagement with Fulbright during the 2021-22 academic year
The Inaugural Fulbright HSI Leaders recognized engagement with Fulbright during the 2019-21 academic years