The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs named UC Santa Barbara as a Fulbright Hispanic-Serving Institution leader for the third year in a row, according to a press release by The Current.

The U.S. Department of Education defines a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) as a designation given to universities with an enrollment of at least 25% Hispanic undergraduate full-time students. 

The university was among 46 recognized HSIs this year, awarded during the Hispanic Association of College and Universities Conference held in October. Each university was acknowledged for its support for Fulbright exchange participants and programs in the 2022-23 academic year. 

The Fulbright program is the U.S. government’s flagship international academic exchange program that provides academic and student abroad opportunities and programs for HSI campus community members. 

Three UCSB graduate students are abroad as Fulbright Fellows — Gevirtz Graduate School of Education graduate student Claire Chevallier, Department of East Asian Languages & Cultural Studies graduate student Rachel Levine and Department of History graduate student Nicole Rehnberg — and one faculty member is working as a Fulbright Global Scholar in Pakistan and Turkey — global studies associate professor Vladimir Hamed-Troyansky — this academic year. 

“The University of California, Santa Barbara’s designation as a 2023 Fulbright HSI Leader is a testament to the institution’s dedication to promoting global engagement and mutual understanding among peoples and nations,” U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in the press release. 

A version of this article appeared on p. 3 of the Nov. 9, 2023, print edition of the Daily Nexus.


Asumi Shuda
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