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Two Recent CoAS Alums Named Fulbright Honorees

June 16, 2021

Two recent College of Arts and Sciences alumni have received recognition from the prestigious Fulbright U.S. Student Program for 2021-22. Jorge Fortin-Mejia ’19 has been selected as a Fulbright recipient, and Parisa Khoshnood ’20 has been selected as an alternate. These students spent considerable time developing research or teaching proposals, crafting application essays and incorporating feedback from supportive readers, and we congratulate them for being recognized for their efforts.

View all of Drexel University's 2021-22 Fulbright Honorees.

Jorge Fortin-Mejia ‘19

Jorge Fortin-Mejia

BS Communication
Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) to Argentina

Jorge Fortin-Mejia is a recent graduate who majored in Communication with a minor in Writing. Throughout his professional career, he’s worked in different realms of communication—nonprofits, literary publications and public broadcasting companies—to broaden his understanding of language. He also has a great fascination for literature, specifically for short fiction stories. As an undergraduate, Fortin-Mejia participated in the Rittenhouse Writers’ Group and through this writing workshop, sharpened his writing skills and developed confidence as a storyteller. He hopes to bring this curiosity for language to his Argentinian students. Simultaneously, he looks forward to connecting deeply to the Argentinian identity, which was created by the amalgamation of various ethnicities and nationalities. He wishes to turn his love for literature, language, and culture into an academic career, where he will be able to encourage students to participate in global exchanges.

Parisa Khoshnood ‘20

Parisa Khoshnood

BA Global Studies and Modern Languages
Fulbright Alternate: English Teaching Assistantship, Turkey

Parisa Khoshnood holds a B.A. in Global Studies and Modern Languages with a concentration in Justice and Human Rights, as well as a French minor. She currently serves as the Education Program Administrator at HIAS Pennsylvania. In this role, Khoshnood supports school enrollment for newly arrived refugee youth, adult ESL, K-8, and high school programming, to provide a safe space for multilevel language learners using trauma-informed teaching strategies. As a prospective ETA in Turkey, she hopes to combine her interests in refugee education and English language learning while exploring all that Turkey has to offer. She would like to express her gratitude to her Fulbright advisor, Kelly Weissberger, for all of her encouragement and support!

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards funding for one academic year of self-designed study, research, creative projects, or teaching English in over 140 countries around the world. For more information please visit the Fulbright U.S. Student Program website or email