UC Santa Cruz named 2021 HSI leader by Fulbright Program


UC Santa Cruz is one of 35 Hispanic-Serving Institutions recognized for noteworthy engagement with Fulbright exchange participants by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA).

The Fulbright Program, the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program, was created to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

According to Department of State, Fulbright HSI Leader status has been conferred on this group of 35 HSIs, including UCSC, because they have demonstrated noteworthy engagement with Fulbright exchange participants during the 2019–2021 academic years and have promoted Fulbright Program opportunities on campus. Fulbright HSI Leaders were announced Oct. 27 during an international plenary session at the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) annual conference.

This initiative is part of the U.S. State Department’s longstanding commitment to build diversity and inclusion within the Fulbright Program and within all the Bureau’s international exchange programs.

2021 marks the 75th anniversary of the Fulbright Program. Celebrations throughout the year are highlighting the impressive accomplishments and legacy of the program and its alumni over its first 75 years, both in the United States and around the world. A dedicated 75th anniversary website showcases Fulbright alumni, partner countries, and anniversary events.

Fulbright is active in more than 160 countries worldwide and partners with participating governments, host institutions, corporations, and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States. Many of these organizations also provide direct and indirect support. ECA sponsors the Fulbright program, and several non-profit, cooperative partners implement and support the program on the Bureau’s behalf. Further information about the Fulbright Program or the U.S. Department of State is available online.