UTMB Named Fulbright HSI Leader by U.S. Department of State

UTMB Named Fulbright HSI Leader by U.S. Department of State

Fulbright Hispanic-Serving Institution Leaders encourage diversity and promote international exchange opportunities

The University of Texas Medical Branch has been named as a Fulbright Hispanic-Serving Institution Leader for 2023. Each year, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs recognizes the strong engagement of select Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) with the Fulbright Program, the U.S. government's flagship international academic exchange program.

Fulbright HSI Leaders demonstrate noteworthy support for Fulbright exchange participants and promote Fulbright program opportunities on campus. The initiative encourages administrators, faculty and students at HSIs to engage with Fulbright and highlights the strength of HSIs as destinations for international students and scholars.  

“UTMB has a long legacy of global engagement, which has created unprecedented opportunities to participate in partnerships that advance training, research and practice,” said Dr. Matt Dacso, chair ad interim, Department of Global Health & Emerging Diseases, UTMB School of Public & Population Health. “Programs like those offered by Fulbright enrich and enliven our campus, allowing our students to be better prepared for tomorrow’s global health challenges.” 

The Fulbright Program works closely with the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities to promote international exchange opportunities to staff, students and faculty at HSIs. Fulbright also works with Historically Black Colleges and Universities, the National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange, the American Association of Community Colleges, Diversity Abroad and other organizations.
“Faculty members from the UTMB Academic Enterprise collaborate in supporting our students to reach their ultimate potential and be a part of innovations in science and medicine,” said Dr. Norma Perez Raifaisen, director of the UTMB Hispanic Center of Excellence.

Since 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 400,000 students, scholars, artists and teachers from all types of institutions the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research abroad.

Fulbright is a program of the U.S. Department of State, with funding provided by the U.S. Government. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations around the world also provide direct and indirect support to the program.

The U.S. Department of State will host a Fulbright HSI Virtual Workshop on Nov. 9, featuring representatives from Fulbright HSI Leaders to share best practices to engage and support students and faculty, increase the global footprint on campus through the Fulbright Program, host international Fulbright students and scholars and build international networks. This event is open to the public and is specifically designed for faculty, staff, and stakeholders at HSIs. 

Learn more about Fulbright at https://fulbrightprogram.org, including information about Fulbright’s efforts to further DEIA within the program and about the Fulbright HSI Leaders initiative.


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