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Tuskegee University Named HBCU Institutional Leader by Fulbright Program


September 19, 2022

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TUSKEGEE, Alabama – Tuskegee University has been named a Fulbright Historically Black College and University (HBCU) Institutional Leader for 2022.

For the third consecutive year, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) recognizes the strong engagement of select HBCUs with the Fulbright Program, the U.S. government’s flagship international scholar exchange program. Fulbright HBCU institutional leaders demonstrated outstanding support for Fulbright exchange participants during the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 academic years and promoted Fulbright program opportunities on campus. Tuskegee University is new to the list this year.

The announcement of the 19 Fulbright HBCU Institutional Leaders was made by the Department of State as HBCU leaders prepare to meet in Washington, D.C., and virtually for the White House initiative on HBCU’s Weekly National Conference, and opportunities Fulbright will be highlighted at events such as the Career and Recruitment Fair during this week.

Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Lee Satterfield congratulated HBCUs for receiving the Fulbright HBCU Institutional Leader designation this year, noting that “HBCUs are an important part of the U.S. and global education communities. higher education, providing life-changing exchange opportunities for American and international students, faculty, and administrators. I hope the success of these institutions will encourage all HBCUs to engage more with Fulbright and with the Department of State.

“It’s an exceptional mark of distinction,” said President Charlotte P. Morris. “We have always known the caliber of students and faculty whose vigorous academic work influences our society in a variety of fields. This recognition will help our students and the wider community see the tremendous value our university brings.

On November 3, a virtual Fulbright HBCU workshop will feature representatives from Fulbright HBCU institutional leaders sharing best practices for HBCUs to leverage the Fulbright Program’s commitment to supporting students and faculty, increasing the internationalization of the campus and create global networks. This event is open to the public and is specifically designed for HBCU faculty, staff and stakeholders.

“Our goals of academic excellence set out in our strategic plan are once again confirmed by this recognition,” said Provost Dr. S. Keith Hargrove. “We provide academic tools for scholars and researchers to develop and contribute their best work. Supporting this type of academic excellence confirms our commitment to remaining an HBCU that attracts and maintains a strong community of global scholars.

The Fulbright Program is the US government’s flagship international academic exchange program. Since its inception over 75 years ago, the Fulbright Program has given more than 400,000 talented and accomplished students, scholars, teachers, artists and professionals from all walks of life and fields the opportunity to study, teach and lead research abroad, exchange ideas and contribute. find solutions to important international problems.

Each year, the United States Congress allocates funds to the United States Department of State to sponsor the Fulbright program. Many foreign governments also contribute substantially. Additional funding and in-kind funding is provided by U.S. and foreign host institutions, nongovernmental organizations, private organizations, corporate partnerships, and individual donors.

“Over the years we have had Fulbright scholars and students representing Tuskegee around the world,” said Dr. Rhonda Collier, Director of TU’s Global Office, Fulbright Faculty Liaison and Fulbright Program Advisor. “I am so proud of the work we do to support their studies and research.

  • Miriam Hammond (Fulbright ’17), was an English teaching assistant in Ruwanda and earned a graduate degree in education from Harvard.
  • Dr. David McKenzie (Fulbright ’22) was a Fulbright Scholar at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) School of Veterinary Medicine in Ghana. He came back with a signed memorandum of understanding and two researchers.
  • Drs. Aliyu Muhammad and Omotosho Omolola are two Nigerian Fulbright scholars sponsored by the Carver Center for Biomedical Research, directed by Dr. Clayton Yates.
  • In 2020, Dr Bababode Adelani, also from Nigeria, conducted his Fulbright research with Dr Yates.

For many years, the Fulbright Program has designed and implemented a wide range of initiatives to increase the diversity and inclusion of participants. The program strives to ensure that its participants reflect the diversity of American society and societies abroad. Fulbrighters come from all walks of life and are selected through an open, merit-based competition, regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, age, religion, geographic location, their socio-economic status, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity. Information on the Fulbright Program Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives is detailed on the Fulbright US Student Program website.

For more information on the Fulbright program, visit http://eca.state.gov/fulbright or contact the Office of Educational and Cultural Affairs press office by emailing ECA-Press@state.gov.

Stories of the positive impact of the Fulbright program over its first 75 years can be found at: https://fulbright75.org

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