The Biden-Harris Administration has recognized 19 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) as part of its commitment to support diversity, inclusion and equity in education.
The U.S Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) announced Monday that the 19 institutions would become “Fulbright Historically Black College and University (HBCU) Institutional Leaders,” an initiative designed to recognize and “commend the strong partnership between the Fulbright Program and HBCUs and to encourage all HBCUs to increase their engagement with Fulbright to help their students, faculty and staff to study, teach or conduct research abroad and access valuable international experiences and perspectives.”
The 19 schools accepted into the program span across 13 states and Washington, D.C. and include: Alcorn State University, Lorman, MS; Bennett College, Greensboro, NC; Bluefield State University, Bluefield, WV; Central State University, Wilberforce, OH; Delaware State University, Dover, DE; Fayetteville State University, Fayetteville, NC; Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University, Tallahassee, FL; Howard University, Washington, DC; Huston-Tillotson University, Austin, TX; Jarvis Christian University, Hawkins, TX; Lincoln University, Lincoln University, PA; Mississippi Valley State University, Itta Bena, MS; Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD; North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, Greensboro, NC; Spelman College, Atlanta, GA; Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN; Texas Southern University, Houston, TX; Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL; and Virginia State University, Petersburg, VA.
“The Fulbright Program is the U.S. Government’s premier international academic exchange program,” the U.S. State Department said in a statement. “A hallmark of the Fulbright Program is its longstanding commitment to diversity, striving to ensure that its participants reflect U.S. society and societies abroad. The program collaborates with a host of diversity-related groups, such as the White House Initiative on HBCUs, the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, the National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange, the American Association of Community Colleges, Diversity Abroad, and many others.”
For over seven decades the Fulbright Program has selected almost half a million participants to bridge the gap between nations, exchange ideas and contribute to building worldwide sustainable peace.
Learn more about the Fulbright Program here.