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Bria Hardin-Boyer Speaks on Gilman International Scholarship and Fulbright Scholar Panel

by Angela Wood | August 17, 2018

Spelman Alumna Bria Hardin BoyerSpelman alumna Bria Hardin-Boyer, C'2018, will participate in a panel discussion at the Council for Opportunity in Education conference in New York City, Sept. 10-12. The Springfield, Missouri native will discuss ways in which the Institute of International Education, the parent organization for Benjamin A. Gilman and Fulbright U.S. Student Scholars, can better prepare its targeted student population for career success.

She will be joined on the panel by Christine Keung, a Wellesley College alumna who will enroll in the high-potential student program at Harvard Business School this fall. Hardin-Boyer and Keung, who both come from minority and first generation backgrounds, were the only women selected to participate on the panel. They both intend to attribute their exposure and experiences abroad to the fact that they attended and excelled at women's colleges.

"Because of the intentionality ingrained in Spelman's goals for its women, I viewed the opportunity to study abroad as not only my responsibility as a global citizen but more of a privilege due to the institution I represented. I am doubly honored to be a Spelman woman and a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholar," said Hardin-Boyer.

Hardin-Boyer, who majored in Spanish language and literature with a concentration in  African Diaspora Studies while at Spelman, will also reflect on her research as a Gilman Scholar in the Dominican Republic in 2017 and her Fulbright application process experience as a graduate student pursuing a masters degree in global thought from Columbia University's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.