WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 24, 2021) – Today, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) announced it has designated 20 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) as this year’s annual Fulbright HBCU Institutional Leaders, recognizing their noteworthy engagement with the Fulbright Program, which is currently celebrating its 75th anniversary.

The Fulbright Program has given more than 40,000 accomplished students, scholars, teachers, artists, and professionals of all backgrounds and fields the opportunity to study, teach, and conduct research in the United States or in one of over 160 partner countries worldwide. These fulbrighters contribute to mutual understanding between the United States and participating countries, and many go on to work across cultures to find solutions to complex global challenges.

Fulbright students and scholars are from or hosted by more than 800 colleges and universities across the United States, and thousands more campuses in over 160 countries. From its founding in 1946, the Fulbright Program has engaged with all types of U.S. Institutions, including minority serving institutions, across the country.

ECA created the Fulbright HBCU Institutional Leaders initiative in recognition of the special role the nation’s 105 HBCUs play in making sure students, faculty, and administrators from all backgrounds are able to participate in and benefit from the Fulbright Program. The campuses highlighted this year demonstrated engagement with Fulbright exchange participants and promoted Fulbright Program opportunities on their campuses during the 2019-2020 academic year.

“Congratulations to this year’s 20 Fulbright Historically Black College and University Institutional Leaders,” said Matthew Lussenhop, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs. “We salute you and your institutions for your engagement with the Fulbright Program, and for your commitment to providing life-changing opportunities to students, faculty, and administrators. HBCU participation is critical to fully representing the diversity of the United States through the Fulbright Program. This initiative is part of the U.S. Department of State’s long-standing commitment to build diversity and inclusion within the Fulbright Program and within the Bureau’s international exchange programs overall.”

“TSU is honored to be recognized as a Fulbright HBCU Institutional Leader. Our exceptional students, staff, and faculty are key contributors to the program. TSU values the exchange of cultural, educational, and practical experiences gained from engaging in the Fulbright program. In our increasingly global society, our students and faculty are enriched with opportunities to increase and enhance the curricular and co-curricular benefits of the program and the core values it builds upon at TSU. The historic legacy of TSU and its international partners continues to guide our academic excellence across campus,” said Dr. Michael Harris, Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Tennessee State University.

On June 3, the Fulbright Program will host a Fulbright HBCU Symposium to discuss Fulbright opportunities and resources for HBCUs, the benefits of a Fulbright experience, and the role that the Fulbright Program plays in supporting HBCU campus internationalization, global awareness, and engagement. The public workshop is open to all HBCU faculty, staff, and stakeholders, as well as individuals from other institutions who are interested in attending.

This symposium will celebrate the Fulbright HBCU Institutional Leaders by spotlighting the unique role HBCU students, faculty, and administrators play in representing American higher education and the American experience both in our country and around the world. Highlights will include remarks by the Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs, Matthew Lussenhop; a keynote address by Fulbright alumna and President of Prairie View A&M University Dr. Ruth Simmons; and workshop sessions to assist HBCUs in strengthening their relationship with the Fulbright Program.

The event will close with a panel of representatives of Fulbright HBCU Institutional Leaders who will share how their campuses use the array of Fulbright Program offerings to support campus internationalization goals and global engagement efforts, and to build worldwide networks, which are essential for success in our 21st-century world.

Registration is required. Please register here.

Fullbright HBCU Institutional Leaders*

  • Alabama A&M University, Huntsville, AL
  • Bluefield State College, Bluefield, WV
  • Central State University, Wilberforce, OH
  • Fayetteville State University, Fayetteville, NC
  • Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL
  • Howard University, Washington, DC
  • Jackson State University, Jackson, MS
  • Lincoln University of Pennsylvania, Lincoln University, PA
  • Mississippi Valley State University, Itta Bena, MS
  • Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA
  • Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD
  • North Carolina Central University, Durham, NC
  • Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, TX
  • South Carolina State University, Orangeburg, SC
  • Spelman College, Atlanta, GA
  • Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN
  • Texas Southern University, Houston, TX
  • Tougaloo College, Tougaloo, MS
  • University of the District of Columbia, Washington, DC
  • Xavier University of Louisiana, New Orleans, LA

*Based on their engagement with the Fulbright Program in 2019-2020.


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