October 13, 2022

Honor validates the university’s dedication to promoting global engagement

Arizona State University is adding another distinguished title to its name. 

Last June, ASU was named a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) by the U.S. Department of Education, a major milestone in its enterprisewide commitment to increase the diversity of its student body. 

Fulbright HSI Leader badge

Now, the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has announced ASU as one of 43 Fulbright Hispanic-Serving Institutions Leaders, from over 400 HSIs nationwide.

The designation recognizes the noteworthy engagement and success that selected HSIs have achieved in helping students and faculty benefit from a variety of Fulbright opportunities during the 2021–22 academic year. 

This honor as a 2022 Fulbright HSI’s Institutional Leader recognizes the university’s dedication to promoting global engagement and mutual understanding among people and nations.

“Arizona State University exemplifies a deep commitment to international exchange and to building lasting connections between the people of the United States and the people of other countries,” U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken wrote in a letter to ASU President Michael Crow.

The State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs established the Fulbright HSI Leader designation in 2021 to recognize the strong partnerships between the Fulbright Program and selected HSIs. Fulbright HSI Leader status is based on participation across the range of Fulbright awards and on-campus engagement.

“For decades, students and scholars have represented the academic and research excellence of Arizona State University around the world through their participation in the Fulbright Program,” said Nancy Gonzales, executive vice president and university provost at ASU. “While we are proud of our history as a top producer of U.S. Fulbright Scholars, we are especially motivated in this inaugural year of receiving designation as a Hispanic Serving Institution, to redouble our support for Hispanic students and scholars who pursue Fulbright as a part of their academic and professional journey.

“Two of ASU’s core design aspirations are to engage globally and transform society. Over the years, Fulbright has been a valued program that helps us realize these aspirations and enrich our community through the intellectual and cultural exchange it provides.”

For more than 75 years, the Fulbright Program has given more than 400,000 talented and accomplished students, scholars, teachers, artists and professionals the opportunity to conduct research abroad, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to complex international challenges. 

“I am particularly proud of this announcement, as it demonstrates how well the ASU Charter aligns with the Fulbright program’s emphasis on inclusion and representation,” said Kyle Mox, ASU’s associate dean for national scholarships. “It only seems right that if we send young ambassadors abroad to represent the United States, that cohort should be representative of our population.” 

Mox serves as ASU’s Fulbright program advisor and director of the Lorraine W. Frank Office of National Scholarships Advisement, which provides assistance to all ASU students and alumni as they apply to major external awards and fellowships. 

“ASU’s continued high production of Fulbright recipients illustrates the persistent efforts of our students, faculty and staff to create a supportive community of excellence at ASU,” Mox said. “Our success is no accident.”

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Nikai Salcido

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