UC Santa Cruz has been named a Fulbright HSI Leader for the second consecutive year by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA).
Fulbright HSI Leader status was conferred on 43 HSIs for demonstrating outstanding engagement with Fulbright exchange participants during the 2021-2022 academic year and for promoting Fulbright Program opportunities on campus. The Fulbright Program offers international educational and cultural exchange programs for passionate and accomplished students, scholars, artists, teachers, and professionals from all walks of life to study, teach, or pursue significant research and professional endeavors.
In the 2021-22 academic year, UC Santa Cruz hosted 11 graduate students and faculty who were Fulbrighters and UC Santa Cruz has more than 30 faculty members who received a Fulbright award.
“I am thrilled and honored that our campus is once again recognized as a Fulbright HSI Leader,” said Chancellor Cynthia Larive. “The program itself celebrates diversity and inclusiveness, and is a key part of our campus internationalization plan. It is an avenue for visiting scholars, artists and scholars who bring a high degree of expertise and global perspectives, two essential elements for a public research university. It is also an opening to the world for our students.
In support of a campus-wide effort to build and strengthen global partnerships, UC Santa Cruz is the implementation of a new strategic plan for internationalization ensure that members of the campus community – students, faculty and staff – are prepared and encouraged to study, teach, conduct research and work in a global context, and that the institution’s policies, programs and initiatives are aligned to achieve this shared goal.
Fullbright honor comes just weeks after UC Santa Cruz has obtained the seal of excellence, recognition of intentional campus-wide efforts to serve Latinx students. UC Santa Cruz was one of six institutions to earn the seal of Excelencia for the first time this year. The only other University of California campuses to have earned the seal are UC Riverside and UC Merced.
To advance efforts to increase opportunities for those historically underserved by higher education, UC Santa Cruz earlier this year joined other leading universities to form the Alliance of Hispanic Serving Research Universities. A coalition of 21 research universities, the alliance is working to double the number of Latinx doctoral students enrolled at member universities and to increase the number of Latinx professors at member universities by 20%.
Assistant Under-Secretary for Academic Programs Ethan Rosenzweig, speaking on behalf of ECA, which sponsors the Fulbright program, announced Fulbright HSI leaders Oct. 10 during an international plenary session at the annual conference of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) in San Diego.
Rosenzweig thanked HSI leaders for their collaboration and for recognizing the value of the Fulbright program in furthering campus internationalization efforts; and it recognized Fulbright campus liaisons and counselors to recruit and counsel applicants. He also commended current Fulbright participants and HSI and HSI-hosted alumni for sharing “their expertise, experience, perspective, and enthusiasm with their institutions, communities, and societies.”
On November 7, a virtual Fulbright HSI workshop will feature representatives from Fulbright HSI leaders sharing best practices for HSIs to leverage the Fulbright Program’s commitment to support students and faculty, increase campus internationalization and create global networks. This virtual event is open to the public and while all are welcome, the session is specifically designed for HSI faculty, staff and stakeholders. Institutions can Register online.
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. finding solutions to complex international challenges.
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.
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.