While the Fulbright Program works to build DEIA into all aspects of the Program, a number of Fulbright Program components specifically advance DEIA as a part of their program design, including:
The Fulbright Program strives to represent and amplify the experiences and narratives of diverse Fulbrighters in all public-facing outreach and recruitment materials, events, and activities, including social media, websites, promotional materials, and panels.
The Fulbright Program strives to ensure that selected participants reflect the diversity of the United States and partner countries in keeping with the Program’s objectives and guiding principles. The Program encourages participation of people from institutions and disciplines considered underrepresented, as well as from individuals who have traditionally been underserved in exchange programs. The Program is committed to fairness, equity, and inclusion in the review and selection process.
In 2022, Fulbright engaged DEIA experts to assess the application and selection processes for the Fulbright U.S. Student and U.S. Scholar Programs with the goal of ensuring these processes are as fair and equitable as possible.
The Fulbright Program’s pre-departure preparation, which includes orientations and digital resources, continually evolves to meet the needs of its diverse participants.
The Fulbright Program provides resources and opportunities for participants while they are on their Fulbright exchange programs to ensure that they have the support and assistance needed to have a successful exchange experience.
The Fulbright Program works to ensure our events, orientations, and enrichment activities reflect the diversity of the United States and of the program as a whole. Speakers, panelists, and invited alumni represent a wide range of backgrounds to provide audiences with diverse perspectives on the topic being highlighted at each event. We seek to partner with Minority-Serving Institutions to host and implement events at locations that represent the diversity of American life. We also work to ensure that all virtual and in-person activities are accessible to audience members with disabilities by employing learning management systems, websites, and other content that is ADA compliant.
The Fulbright Program holds events for the general public that address topics highlighting the diversity of the United States. Some examples include:
Fulbright Visiting Scholar and Foreign Student Enrichment Seminars
The Fulbright Program organizes enrichment seminars each year for international Fulbright students and scholars in the United States, often on DEIA-focused or DEIA-related topics. Some examples of seminar themes include:
Seminar speakers, panelists, and alumni are invited and selected based on their expertise and on their ability to provide diverse perspectives on each seminar topic.
The Anchor City Program
The Anchor City Program connects Fulbright Visiting Scholars in the Boston, New York City, San Francisco, and Los Angeles areas with diverse groups, including minority communities and community colleges, to enable the Scholars and their families to deepen their understanding of life in the United States while often giving back through service work and volunteering.
The Fulbright Program provides platforms and opportunities for diverse alumni to engage with the broad and dynamic network of Fulbrighters, alumni, and stakeholders around the world. Alumni are included in Fulbright’s diversity and inclusion efforts at all stages of the exchange cycle.