Fullbright Awareness Seminar aims to help minorities teach and study abroad

SC State and the South Carolina chapter of the Fulbright Association will hold the Fulbright Awareness Seminar and luncheon on Thursday, March 28, at 11 a.m. The event will take place in SC State’s Bulldog Lounge, which is located in the K.W. Green Student Center. Registration will begin at 10:30 a.m.

The seminar is designed to enhance and increase awareness and participation in U.S. Department of State sponsored Fullbright programs. Fulbright aims to offer research, study and teaching opportunities in various countries to participants, who are chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential. Thursday’s seminar is geared toward minority students and faculty from historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in South Carolina.

Approximately 60-70 faculty, administrators and students from SC State, Claflin University, Voorhees College, Benedict College, Allen University and Denmark Technical College will be in attendance.

The event will include remarks from SC State President James E. Clark and SC State Provost Dr. Learie B. Luke, who will speak on internationalizing the state’s HBCUs.

Other seminar speakers will include various representatives from Fullbright: Dr. Timothy Keogh, Fulbright Association vice president; Peter Van Derwater, head of Outreach and Recruitment; Fulbright Program at the Institute of International Education; Sandy Jacobs, Division chief; Speakers Program; Bureau of International Information and Fulbright alumni from HBCUs in South Carolina. Representatives from the U.S. Department of State will also attend.

The speakers will highlight the mission of the Fulbright Program, institutional expectations and experiences of Fulbright alumni. Representatives will also discuss opportunities for minority faculty and students to participate and assist with the application and funding processes.

For more information about the Fullbright Awareness Seminar, contact Shafiqur Rahman at (803) 536-7079, (803) 536-8787, (601) 415-2847 or srahman@scsu.edu.

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