State Department Recognizes 19 Historically Black Colleges, Universities as Fulbright HBCU Institutional Leaders

As part of the Biden-Harris administration’s commitment to support historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) today recognized 19 HBCUs as “Fulbright Historically Black College and University (HBCU) Institutional Leaders.” This recognition is based on the strong partnership between the Fulbright program and HBCUs during the 2020-21 and 2021-22 academic years. Departmental commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access (DEIA) through both policy and practice.

The 19 institutional leaders from 13 states and Washington, DC are: Alcorn State University, Lorman, MS; Bennett College, Greensboro, North Carolina; Bluefield State University, Bluefield, West Virginia; Central State University, Wilberforce, OH; Delaware State University, Dover, DE; Fayetteville State University, Fayetteville, NC; Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, Tallahassee, Florida; Howard University, Washington, DC; Huston-Tillotson University, Austin, TX; Jarvis Christian University, Hawkins, Texas; Lincoln University, Lincoln University, Pennsylvania; Mississippi Valley State University, Itta Bena, MS; Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD; North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, Greensboro, NC; Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia; Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN; University of Southern Texas, Houston, TX; University of Tuskegee, Tuskegee, AL; and Virginia State University, Petersburg, VA.

The Fulbright Program is the US government’s premier international academic exchange program. A hallmark of the Fulbright program is its longstanding commitment to diversity, striving to ensure that its participants reflect American society and societies abroad. The program works with a host of diversity-related groups, such as the White House Initiative on HBCUs, Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange, American Association of Community Colleges , Diversity Abroad and many more. .

For more than 75 years, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 400,000 participants – selected for their academic merit and leadership potential – the opportunity to exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to challenges and goals. of support from communities and countries around the world, such as the fight against climate change. change and foster economic prosperity, public health and food security. More than 1,900 U.S. students, artists, and early-career professionals in more than 100 different fields of study receive Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants each year to study, teach English, and conduct research abroad. In addition, more than 800 American scholars, artists, and professionals from all walks of life teach or conduct research abroad through the Fulbright US Scholar Program each year.

Individuals and U.S. host institutions interested in the Fulbright program can go online to learn more.

Interested media should contact the Office of Educational and Cultural Affairs at [email protected]

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