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CSU Campuses Named Among First-Ever Fulbright HSI Leaders

Christianne Smith



The Fulbright Program proudly commends nine CSU campuses as Fulbright HSI Leaders in the designation's inaugural year.

CSU campuses at Chico, Dominguez Hills, Fullerton, Long Beach, Northridge, San Diego, San Francisco, San José and Sonoma are among the 35 Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) nationwide recognized for their commitment to fostering international exchange and promoting the Fulbright Program's opportunities to students and faculty of all backgrounds.

The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government's flagship international educational exchange program. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the program was created to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. High-achieving scholars are given the opportunity to participate in international academic exchange to study, teach, conduct research and contribute to finding solutions to important international challenges.

A goal of the Fulbright Program is to reflect the diversity of American society in the students and scholars it sends abroad. With one of the most diverse student bodies in the nation, the CSU is instrumental in building diversity and inclusion within the program. In addition, 21 CSU campuses are designated HSIs, with 46 percent of the university's 432,000 undergraduate students being Hispanic or Latinx.

The new Fulbright HSI Leaders initiative celebrates the special role the nation's HSIs play in supporting international exchange.

“The Fulbright Program aligns with the CSU's mission of providing a high-quality education for students of all backgrounds," says Sylvia A. Alva, Ph.D., CSU executive vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs. “We applaud the Fulbright Program for its work in opening doors to new discoveries and opportunities, and encouraging our diverse scholars to contribute their distinctive talents to the world we share."

Fulbright is active in more than 160 countries worldwide and partners with governments, institutions, corporations and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States. More than 400,000 "Fulbrighters" from all over the world have participated in the program since its inception in 1946.

2021 marks the 75th anniversary of the Fulbright Program. Throughout the year, celebrations will highlight the impressive accomplishments of Fulbright alumni, the legacy of the program and its impacts on education, industries, culture and communities.

Visit the Fulbright Program website to learn more.​

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