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Jazmyn Burton
Spelman College

Fulbright HBCU Institutional Leader

ATLANTA (May 28, 2021) -- Spelman College was recently named a Fulbright Historically Black College and University Institutional Leader for the 2019-2020 academic year.

For the second consecutive year, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs is recognizing the noteworthy engagement that selected HBCUs have achieved with Fulbright, the U.S. government's flagship international educational exchange program. Spelman is one of 20 HBCUs to receive this distinction.

During the 2019-2020 academic year, four Spelman graduates were selected to teach English abroad as part of the Fulbright English Assistant Program, which places scholars in schools to supplement English language instruction.

“Spelman and Fulbright are similar in their interest in students who are curious,” said Michelle Hite, Ph.D., director of prestigious international fellowships and the associate professor of English. "Like Fulbright, the College puts and emphasis on preparing students to be global leaders by making available opportunities for them to conduct research and engage in study abroad experiences."

Fulbright HBCU Institutional Leader status was conferred on Spelman for its noteworthy support for Fulbright exchange participants during the 2019-2020 academic year and its promotion of Fulbright program opportunities on campus.

“HBCU participation is critical to fully representing the diversity of the United States through the Fulbright Program,” said Matthew Lussenhop, acting assistant secretary of state for educational and cultural affairs. “Fulbrighters from HBCUs carry their identities and school pride with them abroad, allowing people from other countries to learn about these accomplished individuals and about this dynamic group of American institutions and their distinguished legacy.”

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English teaching assistant programs. During their grants, Fulbrighters meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences. The program facilitates cultural exchange through direct interaction on an individual basis in the classroom, field, home, and in routine tasks, allowing the grantee to gain an appreciation of others’ viewpoints and beliefs, the way they do things, and the way they think.

Through engagement in the community, student teachers interact with their hosts on a one-to-one basis in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity, and intellectual freedom, thereby promoting mutual understanding.

Fulbright is the world’s largest and most diverse international educational exchange program. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

On June 3, the Fulbright Program will host a Fulbright HBCU Symposium to discuss Fulbright opportunities and resources for HBCUs.

For further information about the Fulbright Program please visit the Fulbright website.

About Spelman College
Founded in 1881, Spelman College is a leading liberal arts college widely recognized as the global leader in the education of women of African descent. Located in Atlanta, the College's picturesque campus is home to 2,100 students. Spelman is the country's leading producer of Black women who complete Ph.D.s in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The College's status is confirmed by U.S. News & World Report, which ranked Spelman No. 54 among all liberal arts colleges, No. 19 for undergraduate teaching, No. 4 for social mobility among liberal arts colleges, and No. 1 for the 14th year among historically Black colleges and universities. The Wall Street Journal ranked the College No. 3, nationally, in terms of student satisfaction. Recent initiatives include a designation by the Department of Defense as a Center of Excellence for Minority Women in STEM, a Gender and Sexuality Studies Institute, the first endowed queer studies chair at an HBCU, and a program to increase the number of Black women Ph.D.s in economics. New majors have been added, including documentary filmmaking and photography, and partnerships have been established with MIT's Media Lab, the Broad Institute and the Army Research Lab for artificial intelligence and machine learning. Outstanding alumnae include Children's Defense Fund founder Marian Wright Edelman, Walgreens Boots Alliance CEO Rosalind Brewer, political leader Stacey Abrams, former Acting Surgeon General and Spelman’s first alumna president Audrey Forbes Manley, actress and producer Latanya Richardson Jackson, global bioinformatics geneticist Janina Jeff and authors Pearl Cleage and Tayari Jones. For more information, visit Spelman College.


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