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Fulbright Teaching Assistants 2022


9.27.2022 — Lincoln University is proud to be named as a Fulbright Historically Black College and University (HBCU) Institutional Leader for 2022. For the third consecutive year, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) is recognizing selected HBCUs’ strong engagement with the Fulbright Program, the U.S. government's flagship international academic exchange program. Fulbright HBCU Institutional Leaders have demonstrated noteworthy support for Fulbright exchange participants during the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 academic years and have promoted Fulbright program opportunities on campus.

The announcement of the 19 Fulbright HBCU Institutional Leaders was made by the State Department on Monday, September 19 as HBCU leaders gathered in Washington, DC and virtually for the White House Initiative on HBCUs National HBCU Week Conference, and Fulbright opportunities will be highlighted in events such as the career and recruitment fair during this week.

Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Lee Satterfield commended the HBCUs receiving the Fulbright HBCU Institutional Leader designation this year, noting that “HBCUs are an important part of the American and global higher education communities, providing life-changing exchange opportunities for American and international students, faculty, and administrators alike,” and shared her “hope that these institutions’ success encourages all HBCUs to engage further with Fulbright and with the State Department.”

“It is a tremendous honor to be recognized as a Fulbright HBCU Institutional Leader for the third year in a row,” said Dr. Nora Lynn Gardner, Fulbright Program Advisor and Fulbright Language Assistant Coordinator. “The international and intercultural exchanges that our Fulbright programs bring to Lincoln University foster endless opportunities and life-long relationships that equip our students to learn, liberate and lead on a global scale.”

A highlight of last year’s Fulbright activities included the celebration of Fulbright Fest in April. Ashleigh Brown-Grier, two-time Fulbright recipient, Fulbright Ambassador, and Founder of Fulbright HBCU, came to campus and led students in a series of workshops and discussions.

Lincoln’s Fulbright programs also include the Fulbright Language Teaching Assistants (FLTA) exchange program. Each year, scholars and language instructors from all around the globe come to Lincoln’s campus to teach foreign languages and to help students develop knowledge of international cultures. This exposes the campus community to a true understanding of peoples of different nations while also allowing the FLTAs to discover American life through the HBCU experience. This year’s FLTAs include Salah-eddine Oukhssane from Morocco, who teaches Arabic, Océane Picard from France, who teaches French, Mauricio Ramírez from Colombia, and Lucía Sánchez Mendoza from Spain, who teach Spanish, and Yuri Shitogiden from Japan, who teaches Japanese. This past academic year’s FLTAs included Meriem Safiddine, an Arabic teacher from Algeria; Loris Vivarelli, a French teacher from France; and Carolina Lautaret, a Spanish teacher from Uruguay.

On November 3, a Fulbright HBCU Virtual Workshop will feature representatives of Fulbright HBCU Institutional Leaders sharing best practices for HBCUs to leverage Fulbright Program engagement to support students and faculty, increase campus internationalization, and build global networks. This event is open to the public and is specifically designed for HBCU faculty, staff, and stakeholders.

The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government's flagship international academic exchange program. Since its inception over 75 years ago, the Fulbright Program has given over 400,000 talented and accomplished students, scholars, teachers, artists, and professionals of all backgrounds and fields the opportunity to study, teach, and conduct research abroad, exchanging ideas, and contributing to finding solutions to important international problems.


Each year, the U.S. Congress appropriates funds to the U.S. Department of State to sponsor the Fulbright Program. Many foreign governments contribute substantially as well. Additional funding and in-kind funding is provided by U.S. and foreign host institutions, non-governmental organizations, private organizations, corporate partnerships, and individual donors.


Over many years the Fulbright Program has designed and implemented a wide range of initiatives to increase participant diversity and inclusion. The program strives to ensure that its participants reflect the diversity of U.S. society and societies abroad. Fulbrighters come from all backgrounds and are selected through an open, merit-based competition, regardless of their race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, geographic location, socio-economic status, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Information on the Fulbright Program’s diversity and inclusion initiatives is detailed on the Fulbright U.S. Student Program website.


For more information on the Fulbright Program, visit or contact the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Press Office by e-mail

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Fulbright TAs 2022