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Ana Gil-García named an outstanding visionary woman in higher education

AnaGilGarciasmBy Elio Leturia—WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH started in 1982 when Congress requested a week in March be “Women’s History Week.” Five years later, in 1987, the President proclaimed March to be “Women’s History Month.”

Honoring “Women’s History Month,” Diverse magazine published its third annual report highlighting the work and contributions of 30 women to higher education.

One of these honorees is Dr. Ana Gil-García, Professor of Educational Leadership at Northeastern Illinois University, and a past-president of the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association.

“This is an acknowledgement to the work and effort that women put to higher education,” Gil-García said.

diversemagAn award-winning educator and director of membership of the Chicago Fulbright Association, Gil-García has a long teaching career. She is a three-time Fulbright US Scholar (Venezuela, Middle East, and Armenia) who works tirelessly for a variety of community organizations.

A native Venezuelan, Gil-García is an author, community leader, and advocate for Latino educational leaders.

For 11 years she was the only Latina professor in her department, Gil-García said. “Minority women constitute only 3% of all teachers in higher education. To be recognized in this group is an honor because it also serves to give an example of role models and show a presence among minority university students.”

She holds a Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership, Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction, Specialist Degree in Middle School Curriculum, and Bachelor’s degree in Biology Teaching.

First Chapter Leadership Conference takes place in Washington D.C. followed by the 2012 J. William Fulbright Prize Ceremony at the Library of Congress

Shaz Akram (center,) Special Executive Assistant discusses adjustments to the bylaws with other chapter leaders.

By Elio Leturia — FOR THE FIRST TIME, thanks to a grant from the State Department, the Fulbright Association gathered all the leaders of the 55 association chapters in the country at a leadership conference held in Washington D.C. on September 6 and 7, 2012.

Elio Leturia, Chicago Chapter President

“We have an ally in David Levin” said Shaz Akram, the association’s Special Assistant/Director, Chapter Relations, referring to Levin, Senior Program Manager in the Department’s of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, who serves serves as a Fulbright alumni liason.

Among the topics discussed at the meeting were the best leadership practices, tools for effective communication with Fulbright alumni, use of social media use and proposals to increase the membership of the various chapters in the country.

At present, the national association is in a transitional period.

Getting ready for the 2012 J, William Fulbright Award for Mutual Understanding at the Library of Congress

Mary Ellen Schmider is temporarily in charge of the association as the Executive Director, while the position is being filled. Dr. Schmider addressed the audience saying that there have been various efforts of reorganization in which stands a complete redesign of the website, user-friendly, more modern and easier to navigate, which has been in charge of Sarah Sears, Senior Membership Director.

The J. William Fulbright Prize Ceremony took place at the Library of Congress

Ms. Fulbright talking to Aaron Pratts from the National Capital Area Chapter

The tight training program culminated in a ceremony held in the Library of Congress in which awarded the 2012 William J. Fulbright International Understanding  was awarded to Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières.) Dr. Patricia Krebs, Fulbright Association President highlighted the work of the organization that in 1999 was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

The reception took place at of the Library of Congress with magnificent views of the Capitol and the Washington Monument

“This is the first time the Prize has been given to an organization rather than to individuals,” Krebs said. “Doctors without Borders was a unanimous first choice of the International Selection Committee because of the shared goals of the two organizations in promoting global understanding and humanitarian principles.” The award is $50,000.

Francis Gatluak, MSF Coordinator, and Dr. Unni Karunakara, MSF International President received the award.

Delicious hors d’oeuvres and varied drinks were offered at the celebration

Magnificent view of the Capitol Building during the Award Ceremony at the Library of Congress.

Photos by Elio Leturia

Book donation for Menoufia University in Egypt

During her year in Egypt, Dr. Ana Gil-García, who is currently teaching at American University in Cairo, has conducted workshops and delivered presentations to several institutions. Here, working with a group of fellows at Menoufia University, two hours away from Cairo.

AS PART OF OUR ONGOING Book Initiative Donation Program, Dr. Ana Gil-García is currently working in Egypt, more specifically, with Menoufia University.

Along with Dr. Osama Madany, chairperson of the Department of English Literature and Language, and a fellow Fulbrighter, we are asking you to donate a book to provide his department with needed materials in the following areas:

1. American Literature (Fiction, Drama, Poetry) from 18th C. to present day.
2. British Literature (Fiction, Drama, Poetry) from 16th C. to present day. 
3. American and British Literary Criticism to present day.
4. American and British Culture/Civilization to present day.
5. Essay Writing
6. Linguistics / Applied Linguistics
7. Grammar
8. English Language Courses (TEFL, TESOL, TOEFL)
9. Audio/Visual material related to above fields.
10. English as a Second Language
11. Educational leadership
12. Bilingual-bicultural education
13. Multicultural education

Dr. Gil-García will be in Chicago for a week, June 6 -13. If you could donate any new or used book on those areas will be greatly appreciated. Dr. Gil-García will take the books to the Department of English Literature and Language of Menoufia University in Egypt.

Please, contact us at fulbrightChicago@gmail.com to schedule a pick up of your donation.

Visit to Cairo, Egypt: Binational Fulbright Commission and The American University in Cairo

Left to right: Dr. Abdel Moneim, Elio Leturia, Dr. Ana Gil-García, Sahar Ramadan, Ahmed Salama and Safaa M. Abbadi at the Fulbright Commission in Cairo.

DURING A RECENT VISIT to Cairo, Egypt, Fulbright Association Chicago Chapter President Elio Leturia met with board member Dr. Ana-Gil García, who is currently teaching at The American University in Cairo. They visited the  Binational Fulbright Commission, the oldest and largest program in the Arab world, to talk about our Book Donation Initiative to Egyptian universities.

They were welcomed by Dr. Bruce Lohof, Executive Director of the Fulbright Commission in Cairo, and then met with Safaa M. Abbadi, manager of Alumni Affairs and Special Projects.

Elio Leturia, President of the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association and board member and past president, Dr. Ana Gil-García

Part of the discussion revolved around how to optimize alumni communications. In Egypt, the alumni are organized in what they call “Circles” according to their areas of expertise. At this meeting, that took place on March 26, 2012, participated Ahmed Salama, FLTA alumnus and leader of the Teachers’ Circle for 2012; Sahar Ramadan, FLTA alumna and active member of the Teachers’ Circle and Dr. Abdel Moneim, Professor at the Department of English of Menoufia University. We also had Dr. Ossama Madany, Chairman of the English Language Department at Menoufia University, who joined the discussion, via Skype.

The book donation will be, at this time, to Menoufia University. This institution is one of the largest universities in Egypt, which has two campuses: Shibim El Kom, located 47 miles from Cairo and Sadat City, 60 miles from Cairo.

Dr. Gil-García's International and Comparative Education graduate students with Elio Leturia after a presentation at American University in Cairo

During this visit, Dr. Ana Gil-García invited Elio Leturia to present in one of the classes she teaches at the graduate program of International and Comparative Education at The American University in Cairo. In his presentation, Leturia, a native Peruvian who teaches at Columbia College Chicago, did a comparative analysis on the educational systems in Peru and the United States.

An educational partnership with Northeastern Illinois University

Elio Leturia, president of the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association, moderating a panel on International Education Leadership at Northeastern Illinois University

Along with Chicago Public Schools, Pearson Education, Advisory Council on Latino Affairs of the City of Chicago and Northeastern Illinois University Department of Education Leadership, our Chicago Chapter was a sponsor of the Educational Leadership Summit II at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago.

The academic summit, that congregated over 120 educators, took place on an all-day event on June 27, 2011.

Dr. Ana Gil-García, a tenured professor at Northeastern University and Director of Membership of the Fulbright Association, Chicago Chapter, was the main organizer of the event.

A panel session on International Educational Leadership formed by three Fulbright students, Tairou Goura from Togo, Yommon Tschinsala from Chad and Mateus Yumamanto from Indonesia, along with Dr. Alonso Villarán (also a chapter board member) from Peru, presented on the educational systems in their countries of origin. Elio Leturia, president of the Chicago Chapter a Columbia College Chicago professor moderated the panel, which provoked a fluid participation from the audience due to its international approach.

The participants who attended the summit were asked to donate a bilingual book as part of the Chapter’s International Book Partnership Initiative.  This project, already established, aims to deliver bilingual books to other countries in partnership with the different Fulbright offices around the globe.

The Fulbright team at the Northeastern Illinois University Educational Leadership Summit II: Elio Leturia, Yommon Tschinsala, Chad; Tairou Goura, Togo; Mateus Yumamanto, Indonesia; Dr. Ana Gil-García and Dr. Alonso Villarán