UC Santa Barbara has received two honors from the US State Department, recognized for its contributions to two different scholarship programs: the Fulbright program and the Gilman International Scholar program. Both distinctions emphasize diversity and inclusion.
Named Fulbright HSI Leader, UCSB is one of 35 institutions to inaugurate the designation. The State Department’s Office of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) recognizes the remarkable commitment some Hispanic institutions (HSIs) have achieved with the Fulbright Program, the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program.
The campus is also one of 20 considered a great institution, Gilman Top Producer for 20 years, for its success in sending students to study abroad through the Gilman program, which offers scholarships to outstanding undergraduates. who, due to financial constraints, might not otherwise participate. .
“As an institution serving Hispanics and an institution serving minorities, we are delighted to be recognized by the State Department with these two honors which underscore our campus’s long-standing commitment to diversity. , equity and inclusion in our academic activities, “said Chancellor Henry T. Yang.
âSuch designations reinforce our common understanding at UC Santa Barbara that excellence and diversity go hand in hand, which has been the basis of our reputation as a preeminent university for teaching, research and scholarship. . Kudos to all of our campus partners – students, faculty, staff and supporters – whose hard work and dedication made these accolades possible, âhe said.
Fulbright HSI Leader status was conferred on UCSB and other institutions due to their engagement with Fulbright exchange participants during the 2019-21 academic years and their promotion of Fulbright program opportunities on campus. . The leaders were announced at the annual conference of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU).
The initiative is part of the US State Department’s commitment to enhance diversity and inclusion within the Fulbright program and all of ECA’s international exchange programs.
âEach year we have an extremely talented pool of UCSB applicants for the Fulbright US Student Program,â said Shawn Warner, director of professional development for the UCSB graduates division.
The Division of Graduate Studies, along with the Office of Undergraduate Education and faculty examiners across campus, are pleased to be able to support these phenomenal students who apply to research, teach, or study during a years in places around the world, âWarner mentioned.
âThis year, we had 15 applicants from UCSB graduate and undergraduate students, and I am very confident that we will have many successes during this application cycle due to the sheer amount of work that our students provided, âhe said.
The Benjamin A. Gilman International Fellowship is administered through the UCSB Education Abroad Program. Among large institutions, UCSB has produced the highest number of Gilman recipients – 401 students – since 2001, sent to study countries from Chile, Ghana, Singapore.
âWe have focused on longer-term study abroad and recruiting for non-European programs, including in Asia and the south of the world,â said Emily Tom-Atzberger, associate director of the ‘UCSB EAP. “We actively promote and advise scholarship opportunities and run workshops throughout the year to educate our students about these opportunities.”
Throughout its 20-year history, the Gilman program has reshaped study abroad to make it more accessible and inclusive for American students. Announced at the Diversity Abroad conference, the honored institutions including UCSB were recognized for their support for equity, diversity and accessibility of study abroad for American students through the scholarship Gilman.
âWe are delighted to be named one of the 35 first Fulbright HSI leaders,â said Belinda Robnett, Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. âUCSB faculty, staff and administrators are committed to supporting all members of our community. We have worked hard to create an environment where all of our members can thrive.
âOur promotion of the engagement of under-represented minorities with the Fulbright program demonstrates that our efforts are successful. Our recognition as Gilman’s Top Producer is yet another testament to UCSB’s efforts to reduce inequality.
âIt is an honor that UCSB is one of 20 institutions that have successfully guided its students to apply and receive the generous Gilman scholarship,â she said. âObviously, UCSB is moving in the right direction and is able to close the study abroad participation gap that too often excludes historically under-represented groups including first generation students, minorities racial and ethnic and students with disabilities.
âKnowledge of the world and exposure to a wide range of cultures is an essential part of a strong undergraduate education. ”