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History Major Alexis Campbell Named Fulbright Finalist

May 2024

Spelman College Fulbright Winner Alexis CampbellAlexis Campbell, a member of Spelman College's Class of 2024, recently received a prestigious English Teaching Assistant Award by the Fulbright Scholar Program. In August, the history major and writing minor from Fayetteville, Georgia, will embark on an 11-month journey to New Taipei City in Taiwan, where she will teach English as part of Fulbright’s English Assistant Program.

The Fulbright Program, established in 1946 and named after Senator J. William Fulbright, is globally recognized for fostering mutual understanding between the United States and other nations. It provides opportunities for students, scholars, professionals and artists to engage in study, research, and teaching abroad, promoting cross-cultural exchange and collaboration.

Campbell, the 56th Spelman student to be selected as a Fulbright Scholar, is driven by a fervent belief in the power of history to shape the future positively and has dedicated herself to the cause of education justice. At Spelman, she has been an active Bonner Scholar and a fellow with the Justice for Black Girls - Black Girlhood Studies program. Her aspirations are to forge a career in education policy analysis, where she aims to translate her passion into tangible change.

The Fulbright Program, serving as the flagship international educational and cultural exchange initiative of the U.S. government, offers opportunities for individuals from over 160 countries to pursue academic and professional endeavors globally.

Large Blue Quote LeftAlexis submitted a stunningly beautiful application. She reflected thoughtfully on her Spelman experience and translated all that she had learned here into a marvelous plan for all that she could accomplish in Taiwan,” remarked Michelle Hite, Ph.D., associate professor of English and co-director of international fellowships and scholarships at Spelman.

In her Fulbright application, Campbell articulated her motivation:

"By serving as an English teaching assistant, I can gain hands-on experience to improve my proficiency in my key areas of interest: cultural responsiveness, access, and teacher preparedness."

“I believe it’s crucial to experience teaching in different settings to understand education system issues critically and encourage effective policy reforms," she added.

The Fulbright Program annually awards over 1,700 fellowships, facilitating meaningful contributions to communities globally and at home. As a Fulbright Scholar, Campbell is poised to make significant impacts in her host community and her chosen field.

Dr. Hite, who has guided numerous Spelman women through the scholarship process, noted, “We are an aspirational institution for many young Black women who set big dreams for themselves, and as a Fulbright recipient, Alexis offers an example of how we prepare our students to deliver on their promise. I'm convinced that what Alexis has accomplished is available to all of our students who want it."

Alexis Campbell

Campbell's own words emphasize the significance of this opportunity: "Winning a Fulbright grant means so much to me as I consider myself a world traveler with many questions about the world. With no prior experience in Asia, I hope to come back with a deeper understanding of what it means to be a global citizen and an established fluency in Mandarin.”

“Upon my return, I hope to leverage my Fulbright experience to contribute meaningfully to the U.S. education system as an educational equity and justice advocate,” said the Ethel Waddell Githii Honors Program student.

Campbell envisions returning to the United States with advanced Mandarin fluency, innovative teaching methods, and cherished memories from her time in Taiwan. The opportunity to serve as an English teaching assistant aligns perfectly with her passion for Mandarin, cultivated over four years through formal language courses and cultural immersion experiences.

The Fulbright Program's emphasis on cultural immersion and mutual learning ensures that scholars like Campbell not only pursue academic or professional interests but also engage deeply with local communities, fostering genuine connections and promoting intercultural understanding.

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