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International Education Week 2020: Share your Fulbright experience with CPS students!

IN CELEBRATION OF International Education Week 2020, the Fulbright Association-Chicago Chapter, in cooperation with Chicago Public Schools, is organizing a Fulbright-in-the-Classroom activity.

In this virtual event, Chicago-based Fulbright alumni will be sharing with K-12 students what their Fulbright experiences were when doing research and teaching in different countries around the world. What a great way to engage our future Fulbrighters!

These presentations will take place November 16-20, 2020. Every day a Fulbright guest will discuss what it was like to live in another country that hosted them for several months.

If you are a Fulbright alum who is interested in participating as a speaker in the classroom, please contact the Fulbright Association Chicago Chapter at fulbrightchicago@gmail.com, by November 8, 2020, with the following information:

  1. Name/Last name
  2. Fulbright host country and year
  3. Email and phone

Looking forward to hearing from you!

 

Nominate a candidate for the 2020 Fulbright Chicago Dee Sarelas Service Award!

 

Dear Member of the Fulbright Association, Chicago Chapter:

YOU ARE INVITED to nominate a person for consideration for the 2020 Dee Sarelas Fulbright Service Award.

The award is in honor of one of the Chicago Chapter’s early presidents, Aphrodite (“Dee”) Edith Floros Sarelas*. Dee passed away at the age of 90 in June of 2007. Dee earned her B.S. in education and was a member of the honor societies Kappa Delta Pi and Phi Kappa Phi, and in 1954 she received her M.A. degree from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. She was awarded a Fulbright Teaching Grant in 1958 to attend the School of Social Work in Athens, Greece.


The nominee does NOT need to be a Fulbright Association member and may be a citizen or resident of any country.
The selection criteria for the nominee:

must be a living individual or a 501c3 organization;
must have had a significant impact (short- or long-term) on the development of internationalism for the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association and/or for the Chicago area community (e.g., program design or delivery, membership recruitment, communication production, international understanding outreach, international education, leadership in an organization that promote international understanding)
must exemplify the values of the Fulbright Association;
the individual or president of the organization must agree to serve as an honorary member of the board of the Chicago Chapter


Nominations will be closed on at 11:59 Central time on November 8, 2020. To submit a nomination click HERE. The information will then be presented to the Chicago Chapter Membership for voting starting November 20, 2020. The award shall be given at the Winter Reception held in Chicago on January 21, 2021.

Follow the link below for nominator instructions and to complete the nomination form: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BQXKTC3

*A Chicagoan dedicated to interacting with and nurturing Fulbrighters in the Chicago area community, Dee Sarelas was a person remembered for her wit, empathy, and vivacity in bringing people across cultures together. In 2009, the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association established the Dee Sarelas Fulbright Service Award in her memory to honor those who follow Dee’s example for service. Please join us in honoring Dee and the Fulbright legacy by submitting a nomination for 2020.

The human chain for Beirut. We all can help

FULBRIGHT CHICAGO WOULD LIKE to extend our heartfelt condolences to everyone affected by the tragedy in Beirut. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Fulbright alumni, students, their families and friends, and the people of Lebanon.

Cyril Bassil, a Fulbright grantee (2015-2017) who pursued an MFA in Cinema Directing at Columbia College Chicago has reached out to us. “I’m currently writing to you with my bruised hands, bruised from the explosion that occurred in Beirut four days ago. I was at my office in Beirut Digital District when the explosion occurred and was catapulted a few meters further into the office. This being said, now is time to hold hands and help Beirut rise again and hopefully walk towards a new day and a new system for the country.”

Bassil, along with others have started working on the ground, cleaning houses, searching for suppliers, distributing Covid-19 preventive supplies, helping families reconnect with relatives. They have set up the Human Chain for Beirut, a GoFundMe to fundraise money and contribute to the rebuilding of the city.

Our local Fulbright Association chapter is also here for our fellow Fulbrighters of Lebanon in the Chicago community. If you are able to aid in a relief effort for the people of Beirut, and find out more information on how to help, please do so here.

Illustration with photo by Freimut Bahlo

Condensed information on the international students current status

THIS PAST JULY 20th, 2020, immigration lawyer Don Garner offered a webinar to the Fulbright community to explain the current status of international fellows  conducting studies in the United States.

Mr. Garner generously shared his presentation with us so we can learn more about the situation and share it with others who could not attend his webinar.

To see the presentation Power Point, click New Immigration Constraints for Students.

Mr. Garner is President of the LL.M. Law Group, and Past President and current Consular Corps Liaison of the Fulbright Association-Chicago Chapter.

 

Webinar: What the new immigration constraints are? How they will affect foreign students?

OVER THE LAST SEVERAL months, President Trump announced a new set of restrictions for international students in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Despite the recent lifting of the immigration ban for international students to pursue studies under the online mode delivery, the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association is hosting a webinar for any questions that may remain.

Don Garner, left, President of the LL.M. Law Group, will discuss these new restrictions, what they are and how they will impact international students. Mr. Garner is Past President and current Consular Corps Liaison of the Fulbright Association-Chicago Chapter.

This webinar, presented via Zoom, will allow for a discussion followed by Q&A.

WHAT New Immigration Constraints for Students: What They Are and How They Will Affect Foreign Students

WHEN Tuesday, July 21, 2020

TIME 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM Central Standard Time

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This webinar is sponsored by the Fulbright Association-Chicago Chapter.

2020 Chicago Spring Farewell, via Zoom, celebrates new graduates and latest accomplishments

This year, our annual Spring Farewell event was celebrated virtually. Vice President Teuta Peja led the online gathering.

IT’S BITTERSWEET TO SAY GOODBYE. You leave an experience behind but you also look forward to a new chapter in your life, eager to apply what you have learned and feeling enthusiastic to share your international experience in your home country.

Due to the pandemic, graduating Fulbright students were not able to attend in-person ceremonies at their host institutions, an event most of us look forward to participating when achieving a life milestone. Our Chicago chapter replaced the traditional Spring Farewell event for a virtual graduating Happy Hour.

Connected in California, Chapter President Dr. Edel Jose welcomed the guests.

On June 18th, 2020, we gathered online to congratulate our newly graduates, listen to some music and learn about some of the latest activities of our returning American Fulbrighters from their host countries abroad.

Our Chicago Chapter Vice President Teuta Peja led the program along with fellow board members Tatiana Orlova and Suzanne McBride. The initial connection issues did not affect the enthusiasm we all were feeling. Our President Dr. Edel Jose, who is currently in California, welcomed the guests. “It’s a time to come together and celebrate being a Fulbrighter,” Jose said.

“It was more important the journey in itself,” said Shend Vishi, a Fulbright student from Kosovo, who is graduating with a master’s in software engineering at Loyola University.

Graduating with a master’s in software engineering at Loyola University Chicago, Shend Vishi from Kosovo said he didn’t know what to expect when he arrived to Chicago and that he couldn’t point out one single unpleasant experience.

“I created friendships that will last a lifetime,” said Vishi, who added he was proud to have represented his country in the United States.

Board member Dr. Bill Peterman, Emeritus Professor of Geography and Urban Studies at Chicago State University, congratulated the recent graduates.

Board member Dr. Bill Peterman addressed the graduating students by sharing some of his Fulbright experience many years ago in the UK. “Once a Fulbrighter always a Fulbrighter,” Peterman said adding that now is the time to share their learning in their home countries.

Board member and Northeastern Illinois University Professor Emerita Dr. Ana Gil-García, inspired all of us to continue fulfilling the mission of the Fulbright Program.

Five-time Fulbright award recipient and board member Dr. Ana Gil-García delivered a message encouraging the departing students to fulfill the mission Sen. William Fulbright envisioned, to become leaders and to strengthen ties of understanding between countries and cultures. Gil-García, an education leader and community organizer, was president of the Chicago chapter in 2007 and 2008.

Playing and singing from Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Fulbright alum Joan Miguel López performed the song “Before Our Time.”

Then it was time for music! The first song arrived from Honduras by Fulbright alum Joan Miguel López, who pursued a master’s in cultural and educational policy at Loyola University Chicago in 2018. Playing the guitar and singing “Before Our Time” directly from Tegucigalpa, López delighted the participants with his performance.

Illinois Institute of Technology architecture Fulbright graduate student from Egypt Walid Elshanshoury, played the electric guitar.

Walid Elshanshoury, a current Fulbright student from Cairo, Egypt, who is studying for a master of science in architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT),  also played the guitar, in his case, an electric guitar.

Board member Suzanne McBride introduced Fulbrighters Rachel Jacoby, Lori Niehaus and Amy Verrando, and their project Feed the Front Line.

Board member Suzanne McBride introduced Rachel Jacoby, Lori Niehaus and Amy Verrando, three recent returning Fulbrighters from Malaysia who shared their experience and their entrepreneurial endeavor, Feed the Front Line Chicago.

2019 Fulbrighter to Malaysia and Feed the Front Line co-founder Rachel Jacoby, studied Accountancy and Business at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Jacoby, Niehaus and Verrando met during their 2109 Fulbright in Malaysia. They saw the toll COVID-19 had on the country and in Chicago. Wanting to make a difference along with members of the Fulbright Malaysia cohort, they thought big, envisioning a national campaign calling it Feed the Front Line.

2019 Fulbrighter to Malaysia and Feed the Front Line co-founder Lori Niehaus, is pursuing a Master of Science in Public Health at Johns Hopkins University.

By collecting individual donations to purchase meals from local businesses, this organization delivers these meals to front line workers. Seeing the impact and success of the campaign in Portland, Houston and Pittsburgh, they have been doing similar work in our Chicagoland community.

2019 Fulbrighter to Malaysia and Feed the Front Line co-founder Amy Verrando, studied English Language and Literature, Psychology, Outdoor Recreational Education at University of Minnesota.

This entrepreneurial model helps both the local, family-owned food businesses (restaurants, bakeries and cafes) and the front line workers (Chicagoland hospitals, COVID-19 testing centers, fire stations and nursing homes, among others).

Donations come from individuals, and organizations. They created a GoFundMe to receive donations that ranged from $10 up to $2,500, and they’ve raised more than $40,000. Now that Feed the Front Line is part of an official 501c3 tax-exempt organization — they continue to receive donations through their website at ftflchicago.org. 

What a great way to celebrate accomplishments! Jacoby, Niehaus and Verrando’s project show us how a Fulbright experience brings people together and enhances the collective human experience.

” Race, Justice, and the Global Civil Rights Struggle” open panel by expert Fulbrighters

 

The Fulbright Impact in the Field series aims to bring together alumni with extensive expertise in a particular topic to provide insight, inform the audience, and bring new, global perspectives to the discussion.

“Race, Justice, and the Global Civil Rights Struggle” will engage an interdisciplinary panel of Fulbright alumni experts in an academic discussion designed to deepen our understanding of racial injustice and contemporary issues in policing and criminal justice; and to contextualize our current moment in the global history of the civil rights struggle.

DATE July 1, 2020
TIME 3:00 pm US Eastern
OPEN to the general public
REGISTER Click here.

This panel discussion will be moderated by LaNitra M. Berger, PhD, Senior Director of Fellowships in the Office of Undergraduate Education and affiliate faculty in the African and African American Studies Program at George Mason University. Among the panelists:

  • Tanya Katerí Hernández, PhD is a 2014 and 2015 U.S. Fulbright Scholar to Trinidad and France, respectively, and the Archibald R. Murray Professor of Law at Fordham University and an internationally recognized comparative race law expert.
  • Tiffany Joseph, PhD is a 2007 U.S. Fulbright Student to Brazil and an Associate Professor of Sociology and International Affairs at Northeastern University and the author of “Race on the Move: Brazilian Migrants and the Global Reconstruction of Race.”
  • Reynaldo Ortiz-Minaya, PhD is a 2019 U.S. Fulbright Scholar to Jamaica, 2020 Fulbright Specialist to Pakistan, and Professor at Brooklyn College, CUNY, and his research focuses on penal reform and rule of law.
  • Everette Penn, PhD is a 2005 U.S. Fulbright Scholar to Egypt and Professor at the University of Houston – Clear Lake, and a Department of Justice Principal Investigator for the Teen and Police Service Academy.
  • Terrell Jermaine Starr, MS, MA, a 2009 U.S. Fulbright Student to Ukraine, is a journalist who has contributed to public radio, television, magazines, and online reporting. He is currently a reporter at The Root, where he covers domestic and international politics from a Black perspective.

Systemic racism must come to an end

THE CHICAGO CHAPTER OF THE FULBRIGHT ASSOCIATION stands by the words of Senator Fulbright, “To criticize one’s country is to do it a service…criticism, in short, it is more than a right; it is an act of patriotism.” We, the Fulbright community of Chicago, condemn the inequitable and brutal treatment of Black Americans across the United States.

The systemic racism that has permeated our society must come to an end. Our Chicago Chapter is committed to helping build a country and a world where everyone can live with dignity, free from fear.

The call for justice through peaceful protests is a form of freedom of expression that our Fulbright community supports. We embrace the words of Senator Fulbright whose message endorses our belief that “the making of peace is a continuing process that must go on from day to day, from year to year, so long as our civilization shall last.”

Black lives matter. We stand in solidarity with our Black Fulbrighters—both current grantees and alumni. As Fulbrighters, we are equipped to collectively raise our voices to support what really matters; in this case, the human rights of our Black American fellows, the improvement of their lives and the social justice they deserve.

—Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association Board

 

 

Grad Happy Hour for the Class of 2020!

CONGRATULATIONS to the Class of 2020!  The Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association invites you to a «Grad Happy Hour» where we will celebrate the newly graduated Fulbrighters and hear the story of returned Fulbrighters who have been supporting the frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

For this special event we will have two guitar performances by Joan Miguel López, Fulbright Alumni from Honduras who got his MEd in Cultural and Educational Policy at Loyola University Chicago, and Walid Elshanshoury, current student from Egypt, who is pursuing a Master of Science in Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT).

Let’s connect, discuss, and enjoy socializing with our fellow alumni, students, and scholars. Bring your beverage of choice and come join us for an evening of celebration. You can connect from wherever you are!

DATE June 18, 2020
TIME 6:30-8 pm US Central Time

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Zoom! A virtual Happy Hour keeps our community together

Virtual Fulbright Chicago Happy Hour, April, 2020

FOLLOWING THE SOCIAL distancing guidelines and our mission to serve the Fulbright community, the Chicago Chapter organized a Happy Hour that took place on Thursday, April 23, 2020.

Using the current virtual technologies, Zoom came to the rescue and for 90 minutes, 30 participants, that included alumni, students, scholars and board members of the Fulbright association shared stories and talked about different topics at this time of global isolation.

Among the strongest topics in this online exchange were the current situation of the Fulbright program (after it was suspended) and state of newly returned Fulbright Scholars.

Fulbright Association Executive Director John Bader

Our special guest, John Bader, Executive Director of the Fulbright Association in Washington D.C., addressed the concerns of Fulbrighters and brought hope for the continuation of the Fulbright Program. The Chapter members had the opportunity to address their questions directly to the Director and got firsthand responses.

The discussion continued with topics ranging from mental health during isolation and medical insurance coverage to daily activities of Chapter members. The participants shared stories of their daily lives and how they have coped with the current state of the nation, and also appreciated being able to share and discuss the social aspects which are getting them through these times. The recently published COVID-19 Resource Guide that the Chicago Chapter board produced as an informational support for the local Fulbright community was a great resource which the Fulbrighters used for guidance and actionable information.

“The COVID-19 Resources and Guidelines played an integral role in providing accessible information to our Chapter, but also brought about a way to personally connect and communicate with our Chapter members,” said Dr. Edel Marie Jose, Chicago Chapter president.

There was also conversation about the survey’s results that the association put together to gather information on how to serve our community better.

The attendees are looking forward to another “social” Happy Hour to further discuss life in general among fellow Fulbrighters and enjoy live music performed by their colleagues. 

The board is currently reviewing the scheduling and programming of upcoming events to adjust them to the current situation. We hope that soon we will return to our usual “normal” one way or another, to continue fulfilling our mission, face to face. In the interim, however, we all remain connected.