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These Schools Named ‘Fulbright HBCU Institutional Leaders’ by U.S. State Department

These Schools Named 'Fulbright HBCU Institutional Leaders' by U.S. State Department

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) named 19 institutions of higher education as Fulbright Historically Black College and University (HBCU) Institutional Leaders for 2023.

Over the last 76 years, the Fulbright Program has given more than 400,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, and professionals of all backgrounds and fields the opportunity to study, teach, and conduct research in the United States or in one of over 160 partner countries worldwide. Fulbright students and scholars are from or hosted by more than 800 colleges and universities across the United States, and thousands more campuses in over 160 countries.

The HBCU Institutional Leader status recognizes engagement across the Fulbright Program, including the hosting Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistants at HBCUs, Scholars-in-Residence, and other Fulbright Students or Scholars as well as having U.S. students, faculty and staff receive Fulbrights to study, teach or conduct research abroad.

The 19 Fulbright HBCU Institutional Leaders for 2023 include:

  • Alcorn State University  – Mississippi
  • Bennett College – North Carolina
  • Bluefield State University – West Virginia
  • Central State University – Ohio
  • Delaware State University – Delaware
  • Fayetteville State University – North Carolina
  • Florida A&M University – Florida
  • Howard University – Washington, D.C.
  • Jackson State University – Mississippi
  • Jarvis Christian University – Texas
  • The LeMoyne-Owen College – Tennessee
  • Lincoln University of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania – Pennsylvania
  • Mississippi Valley State University – Mississippi
  • Morgan State University – Maryland
  • North Carolina Central University – North Carolina
  • Spelman College – Georgia
  • Texas Southern University – Texas
  • Tuskegee University – Alabama
  • Virginia State University – Virginia


ECA established the Fulbright HBCU Institutional Leaders Initiative to recognize and commend the strong partnership between the Fulbright Program and HBCUs and to encourage all HBCUs to increase their engagement with Fulbright to help their students, faculty and staff to study, teach or conduct research abroad and access valuable international experiences and perspectives.

Fulbright visiting students and scholars contribute to HBCUs’ international networks and create long-term collaborations. Faculty members who have Fulbright U.S. Scholar Awards return from their grant experiences and enrich their HBCU’s campus culture, students and curriculum, and the Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides recent alumni and graduate students with opportunities to gain valuable international perspectives and experiences.

“We are dedicated to ensuring that our faculty and students can pursue international collaboration and enrichment experiences which they bring back to campus for the benefit of our whole community,” Fayetteville State University Chancellor Darrell T. Allison, J.D. stated about his HBCU which was named as a Fulbright HBCU Institutional Leader this year. “This is yet another layer of academic excellence that helps prepare our students for global citizenship, and we are thrilled to contribute to global conversations this way.”

Learn more about the Fulbright Program at, including information about applying as well as Fulbright’s efforts to further DEIA within the program.


#HBCUs #EducationExcellence #FulbrightLeaders #GlobalEngagement #CulturalExchange #InternationalEducation #AcademicRecognition #DiversityInEducation #HigherEdAchievements

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HBCUs’ Impact on Diversity in Healthcare Workers

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As a hopeful sign of change, recent trends show that Black students are enrolling in medical school at a record rates, with enrollment rising 21.0% from the 2020-21 school year. The fall 2021 freshman class marks the largest and most diverse first-year medical school class than ever before (AAMC).  

HBCUs have long played a significant role in diversifying the healthcare workforce. Here are few facts about how HBCUs have impacted healthcare worker diversity since their inception.

The HBCU Medical School Effect

“The HBCU Medical School Effect,” coined by several researchers, explains how these institutions have helped increase the rate of Black board members, staff, faculty, and students at medical schools. For example, a study reported that despite HBCUs representing 3% of degree-granting institutions, they represented 17% of schools with the most African American medical students in 2013. Xavier University and Howard University students accounted for 92% of African American medical school graduates that same year (HBCUs and the Production of Doctors). Additionally, HBCUs have produced 70% of all African-American physicians and doctors.

An HBCU previously produced more African American medical school applicants than two PWIs combined.

HBCUs’ impact on America’s diverse workforce can be traced through the successful applicant rates of African American medical students. For example, in 2000, Xavier University’s School of Medicine as an individual HBCU attained more successful African American medical school applicants than two PWIs combined. According to the HBCU Alumnicle, Xavier University gain an applicant pool of 94 students, which was more than Johns Hopkins (20), Harvard (37), and the University of Maryland (24) combined.

In conclusion, the remarkable impact of HBCUs on diversifying the healthcare workforce is undeniable. These institutions have consistently played a pivotal role in shaping a more inclusive medical education landscape. As we celebrate the rising enrollment rates and the growing diversity within medical schools, it’s evident that HBCUs have paved the way for change.

At FocusQuest, we take pride in recognizing and promoting the invaluable contributions of HBCUs to various fields, including healthcare. Through our platform, we strive to empower individuals with information about the exceptional educational opportunities these institutions offer. Together, we can continue to foster positive change, amplify diverse voices, and ensure a brighter future for healthcare professionals of all backgrounds.

#HBCUs #Healthcare #HealthcareDiversity #Empowerment #Inclusivity #EducationOpportunities #FocusQuest #BrighterFuture

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So, what sends chills down your student spine? Is it the idea of tackling a super challenging course that makes you break out in a cold sweat? Or maybe the thought of giving a presentation in front of your classmates has your heart racing faster than a roller coaster ride? And let’s not forget those group projects do they have you feeling a bit spooked?

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