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US State Department Designates TSU a ‘Fulbright HBCU Institutional Leader’

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (TSU News Service) – Tennessee State University is a Fulbright HBCU Institutional Leader for Academic Year 2018-2019, solidifying its position even more on the global stage.

The designation was recently announced in a letter to
TSU President Glenda Glover from Marie Royce, U.S. assistant secretary of state
for Educational and Cultural Affairs.

TSU is one of 19 HBCUs to receive the Fulbright
designation for demonstrating noteworthy support for Fulbright exchange
participants during the 2018-2019 academic year, as well as for promoting
Fulbright program opportunities on campus.

“We are extremely excited to be recognized for our participation
in this prestigious program,” Glover said. “With our diverse student, staff and
faculty population, TSU identifies with the Fulbright program’s goal of
promoting mutual understanding between people of the United States and other
countries through cultural exchanges.”

Last year, TSU became the first historically black university to
host the Fulbright Pakistan Re-entry Seminar (April 25-28). The seminar, funded
through a grant from the Institute of International Education, was intended to
help students from Pakistan, who have studied in the United States for two
to seven years, prepare for the culture shock they may experience when they
return home.

Earlier this year, TSU professor Janice M. Williams received a
Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award to South Africa in Dental Sciences. She
was one of over 800 U.S. citizens who were selected to teach, conduct research,
and/or provide expertise abroad for the 2019-2020 academic year.

According
to Dr. Jewell Winn, executive director of the TSU Office of International
Affairs, having this designation with Fulbright, which has partnerships with
more than 160 countries worldwide, positions the university to be more
attractive globally.

“It
has been challenging to develop cultural exchange programs with major research
institutions around the world,” she said. “But this designation will show that
we are among the most prestigious and respected HBCUs implementing
comprehensive internationalization.”

In the State Department’s letter, assistant secretary Royce
congratulated TSU for attaining the Fulbright HBCU Institutional Leadership
status, along with the other 18 HBCUs.

“ECA has established this new designation to acknowledge the strong partnership between the Fulbright Program and HBCUs, and to encourage the entire network of HBCUs to increase their Fulbright engagement,” the letter said. “This initiative is part of the U.S. State Department’s long-standing commitment to build diversity and inclusion within the Fulbright Program and within the Bureau’s international exchange program overall.”

TSU will be recognized at a special reception hosted by the Fulbright Program on Feb. 18, during the annual Association of International Education Administration in Washington, D.C.

Terrence Izzard, TSU’s associate vice president for Enrollment
Management and Student Success, said the designation helps the university’s
recruitment effort by further opening the pipeline for engaging more foreign
students.

“We have a large international population of students, and this
designation certainly helps to enhance our outreach to continue to attract the
best and brightest from abroad,” Izzard said.

Added Katelyn Thompson, president of Tennessee State’s SGA, “TSU’s
diverse student population makes us unique. I think the Fulbright Program would
help to expose our students to more cultural exchanges, as well as bring in
more students from foreign countries.” 

As part of the State Department designation, TSU received a certification of congratulations, as well as a Fulbright HBCU Institutional Leader digital badge to display on the institution’s website and on its social media platforms.

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public university, and is a  premier, historically black university and
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master’s degree programs, and seven doctoral degrees.  TSU is a
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designation, and has a graduate school on its downtown Avon Williams
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McMinnville, Tennessee.  With a commitment to excellence, Tennessee
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nurturing and innovative environment that prepares them as alumni to be
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